Friday, 12 June 2009

College offers free courses for unemployed

Solihull College is offering people who are unemployed the opportunity to sign up for free short courses, enabling them to gain further skills which could help to increase their job prospects.

As one of only 14 colleges nationwide offering a new government programme – National Voluntary Training Pathway (NVTP) – Solihull College will work with job seekers to make them aware of opportunities available to them.

You are eligible to apply for a course if you are:
Aged 19 and above;
Claiming Job Seekers Allowance;
Unemployed for more than 6 months.

Courses include Business Management, Graphic Design, Horticultural, Construction, Hospitality and IT. The NVTP courses begin on June 22nd and last for three to eight weeks.

Joan Hughes, Outreach Project Manager, said: “Opening doors for adult learners is one of the College’s priorities. We are working closely with Jobcentre Plus to support people who are struggling to find work and help them to re-train, expand their knowledge or pursue a new career.

“By attending a course for up to 30 hours per week, learners will have the opportunity to gain further skills and work towards achieving professionally-recognised qualifications, which can help to increase their chances in the job market.”

The courses take place at Blossomfield and Woodlands campus, along with other locations in Solihull and Chelmsley Wood.

If you would like more information about free short courses contact 0121 678 7000. For a full list of all courses go to www.solihull.ac.uk/short_courses_for_the_unemployed

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