The Vine Education Trust
Welcome to The Vine Education Trust. Explore the services provided by including details of The Vine Independent Studio School, The Microsoft Academy and the Second Chances re-engagement programme
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The Vine MS Academy is a:

  • portal that offers excluded communities, in deprived wards of Walsall, seamless access into the digital world of learning and support.

  • part of coalition of established 3rd Sector organisations, who have experience of delivering community provision, whose collaborative aim is to improve excluded communities? ability to service their client?s digital literacy needs.
  • For more information, please go to the Vine MS Academy site at
    It is part of the Black Country ICT Gateway who's vision is:
  • By 2020, all Black Country workless residents will have the ICT skills and access to help them find and apply for jobs.

  • ICT use by all Black Country residents at risk of social exclusion will by 2020, benefit them as part of mainstream health and social care provision.
  • Mission

    The mission is to use Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) to improve the lives and chances of excluded communities and the places where they live.

    It has the following 3 themes

    1. ICT training


    Provides a range of training from Digital inclusion at Entry level 1 to higher level vocational training, through our network of 3rd sector Microsoft Academies and UK Online centres.

    Action Learning

    Facilitating groups of people to work together on real problems, focusing on learning and actually implementing solutions.

    2. Social Enterprise

    Intermediate Labour Market

    This is a social enterprise which provides jobs and work placements for ICT Apprentices and others with appropriate skills.

    It provides technical support for voluntary organisations and SMEs in the Black Country, ensuring hardware and software is upgraded to enable most effective use of new technology to achieve their business objectives.

    Services will include:

    Affordable service contracts for V.S.Os

    Help desk support

    ICT Audits and advice on systems, hardware, and software

    Support with ordering and installing software including Microsoft offers.

    Advice and support on ordering hardware and its installation

    Network set up and administration

    Advice on disposable of redundant hardware through recycling

    Information Advice and Guidance

    3. Digital Inclusion

    Access to recycled computers.

    Advice on affordable connectivity options / possible service provision.

    Home support for learners.

    Engagement through local Community Access points.

    Promotion of ICT as a gateway to employability, good health and community.

    For more information, please go to the Main Black Country ICT Gateway site at