New Vocational Training Facility in Birmingham

Birmingham Independent College (BIC) rated GOOD by OFSTED is conducting research on the feasibility and level of demand for a Vocational Training College planned for Birmingham.

Training programmes will focus on Hospitality and Catering, Health and Social Care, Business, GCSE English and Maths, with the same academic qualifications, offered by mainstream schools for students aged 16 to 25, with selected employment placement opportunities.

We can offer these tailored programmes to students coming directly out of school, those who are currently employed but are seeking to improve their skills, or to young people who are currently not engaged in education, training or employment.

How can this be of benefit to stakeholders:

With the expansion of BIC’s training programmes in these sectors, we aim to improve the response to all stakeholders by:

  • Providing adequate training and employment experience to meet the growing needs of the specific sectors in Birmingham.
  • Supporting employers and organisations in the specific sectors to meet their development capacity by providing targeted training in response to current staff needs.
  • Augmenting the schools offer to provide post-secondary training opportunities to students interested in the specific sectors.
  • Increasing opportunities for young people to enrol in programmes to improve their skills and employment prospects.

Where will training be located:

Our intention is to locate the training facilities within a mile of the city centre so it is central and accessible to students from all parts of the city and the Greater Birmingham region.

When does the programme start:

Circa 2019/20.

Why is the programme being offered:

Research compiled by Birmingham City Council in their Birmingham Skills Investment Plan 2016 to 2026, noted that the city of Birmingham has over 16,000 young people who are not in education, employment, or training programmes (NEET) with 1 in 8 of those young people having no qualifications at all.

Simultaneously, the city has been noted as a location where an additional 29,000 jobs are expected to be created by 2026, with significant increases in the business, hospitality industry and the health and social care sectors.

It is with these two considerations in mind that the Birmingham Independent College, in partnership with Kajans Women’s Enterprise Ltd has taken up the mantle to create an opportunity to address the need for training, to ensure Birmingham and by extension the Greater Birmingham region, is able to benefit from a well-trained pool of candidates for employment in the Hospitality and Catering, Health and Social Care, and Business sectors.

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