A series of roadshows held across the West Midlands – including one in Coventry city centre - is set to inspire hundreds of local people to train for an exciting new career.
The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) held seven events in June and July, for residents wanting to train to gain employment and those wanting to train to get a better job, to help improve individuals’ income and to tackle the skills shortage in the area.
Almost 1,300 people visited the roadshows in Wolverhampton, Solihull, Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell and Walsall, which were focused on the region’s fastest growing sectors where there are lots of opportunities and good jobs. These include digital, construction, advanced manufacturing and engineering, and business and professional services.
One was held in Bull Yard by the Council’s Employment and Skills Team, at the Job Shop.
The event highlighted the large range of training provision available in Coventry to both those who are unemployed and those in work and looking to upskill, and in total 19 training providers attended, providing a diverse range of training offers covering a wide range of sectors, short and long courses and apprenticeships.
Attendees were also given the chance to register with the Coventry Job Shop, providing them with access to a wide range of work focused support, including direct access to hundreds of vacancies.
A total of 437 people attended the event, with the Job Shop providing a fun and welcoming atmosphere, including outside gazebos and background music, right in the heart of the city centre. See a video from the day.
The WMCA, which has just taken control of the region’s £126m adult education budget, organised the events to explain what skills and qualifications are needed to get jobs in these sectors, and how to access the training required.
Staff from local colleges and training providers were on hand to advise visitors to the roadshows on training that would help them get a job, offer them better career opportunities or give them specialist skills for a particular job or trade.
Further events are planned later this year