The Brandwood Centre is excited to announce that it has secured funding from the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund to continue to deliver our successful Train-to-Gain programme, helping the local community gain the experience and the confidence they need to discover new opportunities and set new career goals.

Our services are free and open to anyone aged 19 or over who is currently unemployed or economically inactive and living in Greater Birmingham or Solihull. By providing these services we aim to raise confidence, skills and knowledge and increase employability prospects. We offer a tried and tested back to work training and support package including:

  • Personal Development Workshops
  • Wellbeing Workshops
  • Employability Workshops
  • Accredited Training
  • Functional Skills Course
  • CV Support & Careers Information, Advice & Guidance
  • Volunteer Opportunities

Please read on for more details of our services and check out what’s coming up over the next few weeks, you never know where it could take you!

Coming Up…

December 2023
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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.

Functional Skills

Page 15 | Languages Icon Images - Free Download on FreepikFunctional Skills English

The functional skills English course is designed to enhance individuals’ language and literacy skills to effectively communicate in both personal and professional settings. This practical and comprehensive course focuses on developing key functional skills including reading, writing, speaking, and listening, which are essential for success in various real-life situations. By the end of the functional skills English course, learners will have gained the necessary language proficiency to confidently interact in different contexts and improve their overall communication skills.

Functional Skills Maths

Our functional skills maths course is designed to develop and enhance practical mathematical skills necessary for everyday life and the workplace. Students will learn to apply mathematical knowledge and problem-solving techniques to a range of real-life scenarios. By the end of this course, students will gain the necessary skills and confidence to confidently apply mathematics in various personal and professional situations.

Careers Advice, Information and Guidance Support

Happy Hub Job Club

At Brandwood Centre’s Job Club we provide practical weekly support for people currently looking for work. We offer a range of support including: 1-1 mentoring, Advice and guidance, Health and Wellbeing activities, Confidence building, Motivation, Job searches, Completing application forms, Interview skills, Preparing for interviews, Education and Training Opportunities and Volunteer opportunities !!!

motivation Icon - Free PNG & SVG 1110005 - Noun ProjectMindset, Motivation and Setting Your Career Goals (9:30am – 2:30pm)

Learn how to develop career and lifestyle goals that are not only attainable but will catapult you to the next level by recognising your particular motivating elements.

Accredited Training

Level 3 Combined Emergency First Aid and Paediatric First Aid (9:30am – 4:30pm)

This one-day course is designed for anyone looking to gain employment in any industry sector, covering emergency first aid, enabling you to act as a first aider in the workplace.

Level 2 Understanding Mental Health in the Workplace (9:30am – 4:30pm)

Did you know that 1 in 4 people in the UK are likely to experience mental health problems each year? Mental health is just as important as physical health, yet whilst we know how to take care of our own physical health, many people do not know how to support friends, relatives or even colleagues who are experiencing poor mental health.

Level 2 Occupational Health and Safety (9:30am – 4:30pm)

Designed to be used as a refresher or as training for individuals looking to work in a variety of sectors. This course will ensure that all employees are aware of their own safety and the safety of customers, contractors, and the public. Employers are responsible for providing safe and healthy workplace conditions as well as the right systems and methods for safe activities. Nevertheless, employees also have a vital part to play in the equation. They need the right knowledge and the right attitude which demands proper training in the basics of health and safety, as well as specific training for individual tasks.

Level 2 Safeguarding Children, Young People & Adults at Risk (9:30am – 4:30pm)

This introduction to safeguarding course will provide you with a foundation in safeguarding knowledge, helping you to feel more confident in recognising the signs of abuse and knowing how to report your concerns. This training is a must for anyone who has regular contact with children/young people and/or vulnerable adults.

Level 2 Foundation Certificate Food Safety for Catering (9:30am – 4:30pm)

EU and UK regulations state that all food handlers must receive appropriate training in food safety practices relevant to their duties. However, having a good understanding of food safety practices is not only a legal requirement, but also essential in protecting the health of both consumers and food handlers.
The Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering (RQF) is a regulated and nationally recognised qualification designed for those working, or planning to work, in the food catering industry. It is also ideal for those who come into contact with food handling areas due to the nature of their work, such as pest control officers and delivery personnel.

TOPPS Pick-and-Mix Short Courses (9:30am – 2:30pm)

Looking to obtain work in the construction industry? Well look no further! We are offering a series of short courses provided by TOPPS Training to boost your knowledge and help you upskill. All of the courses take in the region of an hour each to complete, with some slightly longer than others, but because they are video based, supported by written information, with the option to take notes alongside and followed by a test, each session may take longer than the stated time depending on the individual learner. Learners can take (and are encouraged to take) a number of courses, which could be completed in the same day or over a number of sessions as required. All learners will be issued with certificates upon successful completion of all courses that they have taken.
The short courses on offer are as follows:
1. Manual Handling
2. Health and Safety
3. First Aid
4. Fire Marshal
5. Asbestos Awareness
6. COSHH – Control Of Substances Hazardous to Health
7. Customer Service
8. Food Hygiene