Choose your route with the Ladder Skills Academy

If you are a careers lead for young people aged 16 to 29 who are making their career choices, the Ladder Skills Academy can help them make the right choice.

If you have a group looking to find out more about the career opportunities ahead of them by having a go, a visit to the Ladder Skills Academy allows them to try a wide range under one roof.

Ladder Skills Academy

Located in Aston, the Ladder Skills Academy is a multi-use space which helps support education groups and unemployed people into employment and training, while engaging with local businesses and training providers and offering a job match service.

The have-a-go hub provides young people with the opportunity to experience a working environment and the jobs carried out in a wide range of sectors before they decide on their future career.

Ladder Skills Academy have-a-go hub

Ladder Skills Academy visitors can gain hands-on experience within their chosen field.

Find out more about the range of opportunities on offer.

Oral health care



Early years

Engineering and manufacturing

Business and professional 


IT and digital

Hair and beauty

Academy Opening 

Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street and GBSLEP Chief Executive Henriette Breukelaar joined Kevin Davis, chairman of the Ladder Apprenticeship Foundation, at the opening of the Ladder Skills Academy, which received £273,000 of funding from the GBSLEP Recycled Growing Places Fund.

Ladder Skills Academy

The Academy official opening

Ladder Skills Academy

Skilled experts ready to help

Ladder Skills Academy

The Academy story begins

Ladder Skills Academy

The Academy doors open

Our impact

“The Ladder Skills Academy will form part of the Ladder legacy in Birmingham, working with over 70 partners including independent training providers, colleges, universities and employers.”

Kevin Davis

Chairman, Ladder Foundation

“We link up employers, training providers and candidates to allow learners to sample paths to upskilling and employment.”

Justine Johnson

Ladder Manager, Ladder for Greater Birmingham

“The Ladder for Greater Birmingham has been a key to the delivery of GBSLEP’s strategy to drive inclusive and sustainable economic growth.”

Henriette Breukelaar

Chief Executive, Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership

“By visiting the Academy, you can sample some of the options available to prepare to step into a career, change career path or enhance career progression.”

Rob Colbourne

Ladder Foundation

Have a go areas

Visitor spaces


Academy Opened

Skills Academy partners


The project has been funded by Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) through its £3m Recycled Growing Places Fund.

Contact the Ladder Skills Academy

Get in touch to find out more


4 Mill Street, Birmingham B6 4BS

Working to upskill the region
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