The Brandwood Centre is excited to announce that it has secured funding from the European Social Fund (ESF) to continue the successful Train-to-Gain Scheme offering accredited training, 1-2-1 employment coaching and CV support, and volunteering opportunities.

Our services are free and open to anyone aged 19 or over who is currently unemployed/ economically inactive and living in Birmingham or Solihull. By providing these services we aim to raise confidence, skills and knowledge and increase employability prospects.

Please read on for more details of our services – you’ll find the enquiry form at the end of the page.

If you live in Birmingham or Solihull, and are unemployed or inactive and aged 19 or over, take a look at what’s on offer below. You never know where it could take you!

 Basic Skills

Do you need help to improve your English, Maths, or IT Skills?  We offer free online courses that you can complete at your own pace to gain qualifications in these skills which can be essential to securing a job.

Accredited Courses

All our training courses are provided by our Delivery partners (at the Brandwood Centre where possible) and lead to externally accredited qualifications in the relevant area.


Level 3 Emergency First Aid at Work

Wednesday 1st December, 9am-5pm


Level 2 Safeguarding Children, Young People and Adults at Risk

Friday 3rd December, 9:30am-4:30pm


Level 3 Emergency First Aid at Work

Friday 10th December, 9am-5pm


Level 3 Emergency Paediatric First Aid

Wednesday 15th December, 9am-5pm


Careers Advice, Information and Guidance

1-2-1 Career and Employment Coaching

Is it time for a career change? Or perhaps you just need some support with finding work?

Our friendly Employment Engagement Office Jojo is here to help!  She can off you bespoke careers guidance, helping you to identify your skills and passions to guide you with finding your perfect job!

 CV Support

Are you looking for advice on updating your CV? We can help you create an up-to-date CV that you can be proud of.  Please complete the contact form below and a member of our team will be in touch to arrange an appointment.

 Wellbeing for Employment / Skills for Enterprise

Are you ready to look for work? Our new well-being for work programme is the perfect combination of short courses to help focus your mindset on seeking employment. 2020 has been a stressful time for everyone and this course will help you to manage your stress levels and protect your Mental Health while you focus on making the New Year all about you and your future career goals.

Gain two accredited qualifications and some expert advice to help guide you through the recruitment process and back into the world of work.

Our Skills for Enterprise Course will help budding Entrepreneurs to establish the skills they need to start and manage their own business. This Course will run online each Friday, starting 5th March, and live Zoom sessions with a certified trainer are supported by coursework and workbooks which contribute towards the Level 1 Award.

  Volunteering Opportunities

Looking for hands on practical skills to make your CV stand out to employers? The Brandwood Centre offers 12 week volunteering opportunities. Apply for roles such as a Marketing and PR Advisor, Assistant Administrator, Work Placement Coordinator, Course Mentor, Data Inputter or General Assistant.

For more information, please call 0121 443 3310 or to apply please complete the Contact Form below.

  Complementary Services

As a participant on our Train-to-Gain scheme you will be able to access other services such as tailored benefit and debt advice, pre-recorded finance workshops, travel assistance and childcare support.

Contact Form

If you’d like to apply for any of the courses or services offered through the Train-to-Gain scheme, please complete the contact form below.

Please select one of the following:

I am the participantI am the referral organisation, completing on behalf of someone else

Participant Details

Referral Organisation (please complete if you are completing this on behalf of someone else)

Please select which course/service you are interested in attending. You may select more than one from the options below

Basic Skills – which skills would you like to improve? (Select one or more)

Which of our accredited courses are you interested in? (Select one or more)

Do you require any Careers Advice, Information and Guidance support? (Select one or more)

Which of our Volunteer Opportunities are you interested in? (Select one or more)

If you have any health issues or physical impairments, you will need to inform your trainer as soon as possible to ensure arrangements can be made to support, you. In some cases, the course may not be suitable.

Please note this is an initial enquiry only and not a confirmed booking. A member of our Train-to-Gain team will contact you (the participant) soon to discuss your enquiry with you.

To continue, please accept