Reignite Your Future is here to help you refresh and develop your skills!

For the first time, there is a Regional Skills Recovery Programme that will provide you with access to free training across the West Midlands. The Reignite Your Future programme will enable you to refresh or redevelop your career. Colleges West Midlands have collaborated to deliver new training programmes for adults to access, and we are proud to be a part of it.

More than 5,000 adults are set to benefit from free training over the next year in this major new programme, funded by the West Midlands Combined Authority, to help them gain jobs in one of the region’s growth sectors.

All 20 colleges across the West Midlands have pooled their expertise so any adult living in the West Midlands can join short sector-based work academy programmes, which usually last up to six weeks. Sectors include construction, digital, health and social care, engineering and logistics, with a guaranteed interview for everyone who completes the course.

All the courses are free of charge, and unemployed residents can take part without losing their benefits.

Those who successfully gain jobs could also be eligible for Workwise travel support of half-price travel on selected West Midlands bus, train and Metro travel passes for three months to help them on their way to work, from West Midlands Network.

Reignite Your Future! Check out the range of free training programmes available in your local college and enrol now.


Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street, Rose Rees, head of engagement and skills at Midland Metro Alliance, Lowell Williams, Chair of Colleges West Midlands, and learner Iman Khan

After losing her job, Iman Khan, aged 28, took up the opportunity to learn new skills as part of a programme with RMF Construction in Solihull. Iman said: “I love construction and being actively involved in working outdoors – especially working with machinery. In these difficult times, I wanted to gain more training and this programme has allowed me to pursue my passion. They have an incredible team of trainers and the facilities are absolutely amazing. I want to be a good influence and role model to my daughter and any women looking to get into construction.” Iman will soon start a new job as a plant operative/groundworker.


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