People in Wolverhampton are on the right track for a career in rail, after completing a special course aimed at getting unemployed people back into work.

The group of jobseekers took part in a new scheme offered by City of Wolverhampton College’s Community, Employability and Traineeship team in partnership with JobCentre Plus and Birmingham based Auctus, to give people the skills they need to apply for jobs in the rail industry.

As part of the six day course the students looked at health and safety, IT, customer service, communication skills and managing risk, and prepared for the Personal Track Safety qualification to gain their PTS card – a requirement to work within the rails for Network Rail in the UK.

Keith Millward, 43, said: “I have been unemployed for a few months and, after working in the public sector for years, was ready for a career change, so enrolled on this course to help me find work.

“The course has been really good and I learnt more IT skills in 3 hours than I had in 24 years in my previous job!”

The programme was offered as part of the Sector Based Work Academy, a government initiative aimed at getting people who are receiving benefits into employment as well as helping businesses to obtain high quality staff with the right skills for the job.

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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