Students at Solihull College & University Centre’s Woodlands campus recently came to the end of a six-week intensive sector based work course in partnership with Midland Metro Alliance (MMA). The training programme offers unemployed candidates across the region aged 18 and over an opportunity to achieve accredited qualifications, develop personal skills and gain practical work experience. The course is aimed at encouraging candidates to consider careers in construction fields.
Steve Grimes, Delivery Director of Midland Metro Alliance, was on hand to offer the students’ industry advice, sector tips and interview skills. Students had the opportunity to ask questions, discuss procedures and talk with Steve in an open forum. This was a valuable opportunity to discuss options with an industry expert and the course also offers a guaranteed interview at the end of it for a variety of roles available at the MMA.
The course offers students a vocational qualification at the end and is beneficial to not only to our students but to the construction industry in light of potential shortages of skilled labour.
Alejandro Moreno, Midland Metro Alliance Director, said: “With development in the region at an all-time high, it will have an impact on the availability of skilled and semi-skilled labour, so regional investment is vital to equip candidates with the relevant skill-sets to build long-term careers and most importantly give them a choice for employment.”
The students were awarded completion certificates and will now go on to interviews, taking pro-active steps to careers in the construction, engineering and light rail sectors.