People can save money by learning how to do basic DIY and car maintenance jobs themselves with new part-time courses at City of Wolverhampton College.

The college is offering a range of short courses starting after Easter including brickwork, carpentry, electrics, painting and decorating, plastering, plumbing and car maintenance.

Short courses are also available in computer aided design, first aid, fitness instructing, football coaching, hairdressing, hospitality, hydraulics and pneumatics, website design, welding, and word processing, as well as English, maths and ESOL.

Jack Strong, aged 28, a metallurgy research manager, who has signed up for an evening introduction to plastering course, said: “I’ve recently bought a house with my fiancée and there are a couple of bits of plastering to do so it’ll be great to learn how to do it myself.

“The short courses are a good idea as they mean that people can fit them around their daytime commitments and use the skills that they learn to save money in the future.”

Dave Nicholls, age 66, who has enrolled for a two-week basic bricklaying course, added: “I’ve always wanted to be able to lay bricks and now that I’m retired I’ve finally got the time to learn how to do it properly.

“It’s really good that the college is offering these courses as they’re ideal for people who want to learn something new but don’t want to commit to a longer course – I can’t wait to get started!”

Courses are held on different days and times throughout the week and will run until June or July.

For a full list of the new courses go to or call 01902 836000.

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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