A new advice centre to provide help and support for people wanting to find information about jobs, training or education has been launched in Coventry thanks to government funding.
The City College Coventry Advice Centre in Swanswell Street has been officially opened after receiving £80,000 funding from the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) as part of the Growth Deal project.
Members of the CWLEP joined tutors and students at the launch of the new hub which is open between Monday to Friday, 9.30am-5pm, and 6.30pm every Wednesday.
The funding has created a new entrance off Swanswell Street leading to a reception and assessment area which links to a flexible training room for individual learning and groups of up to 20.
The free service is available to everyone including City College Coventry students and residents in nearby Hillfields and surrounding areas.
City College Coventry staff will give advice on writing CVs, completing job application forms and interview preparation as well as provide information on the training and educational courses available to improve employability and support learners to improve their English, maths or ICT skills. The centre will also provide a link between job-seekers and advertised vacancies.
This is among an overall £89.4 million Growth Deal package for Coventry and Warwickshire announced by the government and is part of the CWLEP’s priorities to grow talent within the area.
Jonathan Browning, chairman of the CWLEP, said improving the skills of people of all ages was vital to the long-term economic prosperity of the area.
“The funding from the Growth Deal has led to the opening of this great new resource which will benefit the unemployed as well as employed people who are considering changing careers or want to improve their career prospects by finding out more about training and education courses,” he said.
“There will be experienced advisers on hand at the centre to provide a wide range of information and support in one place instead of people having to search a myriad of websites trying to find information.
“This is all part of one of the CWLEP’s main priorities to improve the skills of people living in the area to boost their employment opportunities which, in turn, benefits businesses and encourages greater productivity and growth.”
Jo Lawrence, Assistant Principal from City College Coventry, said: “We’re delighted to be opening this new centre. The college is a resource for the whole community.
“This investment gives us the ability to literally open our doors to more people, at more times, for more essential services.
“My hope is that local residents drop in for a few minutes and begin a journey that can transform their future employability. Whether that’s developing basic skills or maximising an existing talent, we’re here for all stages of the journey.”
CAPTION: From the left, Gary Collins (Coventry City Council), Alina Bluma-Geka (student), Jo Lawrence (City College Coventry), David Cotton (student) and Lucy McGovern (Coventry City Council)