whg’s Skills Centre expands offering again

The current intake of learners taking advantage of the new 19+ training provision at whg’s Skills Centre

Unemployed people are invited to grasp a potentially life-changing opportunity to learn trade crafts at whg’s Skills Centre.

The centre has added to its extensive portfolio – including apprenticeships and industry-accredited professional courses – by securing funding for a series of free courses aimed at people aged over 19 who are out of work.

48 people will be able to take part in the 12-week courses at whg’s Skills Centre, based at Hollemeadow Avenue in Leamore, Walsall. They will be taught a selection of construction crafts and achieve a level one City & Guilds qualification on completion.

The training aims to equip learners with the skills they need to enter the world of work. The first group of learners has already started and 42 places are still available.

Specialist trainers lead the twice weekly practical and classroom sessions where learners benefit from a professional environment which includes fully-equipped workshops and use of the latest industry technology.

Skills Centre Manager Tim Rymond said the course was the ideal opportunity for people who wanted to broaden their career horizons: “These free training sessions could totally transform people’s lives, giving them the skills and confidence they need to return to – or indeed join – employment.

“The successful learners will gain practical knowledge of how to carry out the trades to a high standard and will also gain a recognisable qualification which will help them to take the first steps towards a successful career.”

Becky Dorman, aged 21, of Shelfield, said: “I’d eventually love to teach construction skills in exactly this kind of environment. Hopefully this course will lead to bigger and better things for me.”

Scott Aldridge, aged 20, of Leamore, added: “I worked for five years in property maintenance and want to make sure I’ve got the qualifications to back that experience up.”

Maxine Francis, aged 23, of Pelsall, has trades in her blood. She said: “My dad is a tradesman, an all-rounder, and I’d like to work for him one day so I’m keen to get as many skills and qualifications under my belt.”

whg’s Skills Centre delivers apprenticeships in electrical, plumbing, plastering and maintenance operations and industry accredited courses for its own and external trade professionals.

Contact Audrey Clarkson to find out more about opportunities available. Call 0845 155 0310 or email

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