Expenditure on training in the West Midlands is up nearly a third with the region outperforming others in key areas.
The proportion of employers investing in training is up from 56.1 per cent in 2005 - the lowest region in England - to 63.6 per cent in 2007, the fourth highest.
Over ten years the region expects a net growth in new jobs of 47,700, notably in health and social care, wholesale and retail, business and professional services.
These would be higher skilled opportunities - 82,000 more managerial, professional and technical jobs and 70,000 fewer unskilled jobs.
Nationally the workforce spends 218 million days training with an extra 77,000 businesses commited. Last year, over two-thirds of the country's businesses spent a combined total of 218 million days training. The average money spent per employee increased 11 per cent from £1,550 in 2005 to £1,750 in 2007. David Cragg, regional director of West Midlands Learning and Skills Council, said: "It is very encouraging expenditure on training in the West Midlands has risen by nearly a third.
"Evidence is showing, increasingly, employers understand the urgency of the skills challenges that face the region and are taking action.
"Feedback from employers shows there is an increasing awareness of the extent of support available for skills development, notably through the LSC's Train to Gain service.
"Train to Gain is performing extremely well with substantial numbers of businesses benefiting from the service's skills needs analysis and bespoke training."
Mr Cragg went on: "But there is much more work to do. We want to support many more businesses through initiatives like Train to Gain and the national Skills Pledge so a commitment to developing employees is woven into the fabric of their business.
"We want to address long-standing barriers to skills and employment in the most disadvantaged urban neighbourhoods through a joined-up, responsive approach between agencies like ourselves, Advantage West Midlands, Jobcentre Plus, strategic local authorities and employers' representative bodies such as Chambers of Commerce and the CBI."
"The region's first Skills Action Plan, published in March, represents the outcome of an in-depth review of roles, responsibilities and activities."