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

City of Wolverhampton College is working with JobCentre Plus and Midland Metro Alliance to give jobseekers the skills they need to work for the tram network.

Over the eight week course, the students attend workshops in areas such as welding, asbestos awareness and emergency first aid, and also gain their Level 1 qualification in construction multi skills.

The course also gives students a guaranteed interview for the available roles at Midland Metro Alliance.

Mature student Corey Humphries enrolled on the course to help him find a more stable, long-term career.

The 30-year-old former construction worker said: “The course sounded ideal as it would give me skills relevant to that employer and guarantee me an interview with them at the end.

“I have gained so many new skills and gained a much better idea of what a job with Midland Metro Alliance would be like – courses like this are a great idea.”

Alejandro Moreno, Midland Metro Alliance Director, said: “With development in Wolverhampton and the Black Country 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.”

For further details contact JobCentre Plus or City of Wolverhampton College’s community, employability and traineeship department on 01902 317710. More information on Midland Metro Alliance can be found by visiting www.metroalliance.co.uk

The college is running a number of courses aimed at adult learners. For more information visit www.wolvcoll.ac.uk

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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