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Course English & Maths
LMS opportunity number ERG 20205
Qualification Details Edexcel Functional Skills English and /or Maths at
  • Entry levels 1, 2 and 3 (Assignment based)
  • Levels 1 & 2 (Formal test - either on screen or paper based)
Course details Courses will be tailored to meet the needs and interests of the learners.

Assessments and confidential 1:1 interviews will be undertaken before the course starts. Initial assessment results will help identify the level and type of programme suitable. (i.e. ranging from Entry Level to Level 2.

There will be approximately 14 learners in each group, all working towards individually agreed targets.
Duration of course 5 weeks
Days of course. Monday - Friday 5 days per week
Times of course. 9.30am - 3.00pm Total of 25 hours per week
Venue of course delivery Blossomfield Campus
Course Accounting
LMS opportunity number ERG 21168
Qualification Details AAT Level 1 Award in Accounting
Course details This course is suitable for clients looking to find a career within Accounts.
The course includes:
Accounting concepts and their application to accounting work;
Business documents;
Mathematics for accounting.
The four Units studied are:-
Accounting in a professional environment;
Creating business documents;
Essential accounting procedures;
Mathematics for accounting.
Assessment is by a short computer based test at the end of the course.
Duration of course 4 weeks
Days of course. Monday & Tuesday
2 days per week
First week is only 2 hours on Monday for diagnostic assessment, then all day Tuesday
Times of course. 9.30am - 4.30pm (lunch break included)
Total of 12 hours per week
Venue of course delivery Blossomfield Campus, Solihull
Course Airport, travel & tourism Industry.
Qualification Details Level 1 City & Guild - Certificate in exploring the aviation industry.
  • Aviation Terminology.
  • Developing Customer Service skills.
  • Presentation for employment.
  • Health & Safety at airports and security at airports.
Course details Introduction to the Aviation Industry. This course will cover various aspects of preparing to work in the airport industry. The course will be assessed through written work, presentations and practical role-play activities. The students develop a number of skills and will learn a great deal regarding the industry requirements in relation to the aviation industry. The course will be delivered at the Birmingham airport and is for anybody that is looking to work within the airport environment.
Duration of course 4 weeks
Days of course. Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday total of 3 days
Times of course. 9am - 4pm
Venue of course delivery Birmingham International Airport.
Diamond House,
Birmingham.
B26 3QJ.
Course Care
LMS opportunity number ERG 20199
Qualification Details C&G Preparing for work in Adult Social Care.Level 1.
NCFE Employability Skills Level 1.
First aid awareness
Food & Hygiene Awareness.
Health & Safety Awareness.
Course details The course aims to introduce knowledge around the following relating to working in adult social care:-
Communication
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Personal Development
Role of the social care worker
Handling Information
Safeguarding
Duty of care
Person Centred approaches
3 hours First Aid awareness
6 hour Health & Safety awareness
6 hour Food & Hygiene awareness.
Duration of course 4 weeks
Days of course. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
2 Days open access/Home study.
Times of course. 9.30am - 4.00pm
Venue of course delivery Blossomfield Campus
Course Construction
LMS opportunity number ERG 20204
Qualification Details C & G Level 1 Award in Basic Construction Skills.
Course details Introduction to a variety of Trade areas within construction:-Bricklaying & Plastering.

This is a hand's on course giving the Students the opportunity to get experience in plastering and bricklaying. Students are required to wear hard toed protection boots during the course this is a Health & Safety requirement. On completion of the course there is the opportunity to progress onto a full course.
Duration of course 2 weeks
Days of course. Monday to Friday
Times of course. 9.30am - 4.00pm
Venue of course delivery Woodlands Campus. Auckland Drive
Smithswood.
B36 0NF
Other Information Personal Protective equipment required including Safety Boots and Overalls.
Course Customer Service
Qualification Details EDI Level 2 Certificate in Customer service.
Course details Activities and discussions of our experiences as a customer and in delivering customer service in previous job roles to develop knowledge.
Customer service topics covered:-
Customer types, Communication, Interpersonal skills, Organizational feedback & reputation, learning styles and personal development, customer service legislation.
Duration of course 3 weeks
Days of course. Monday to Thursday
Times of course. 9.30am - 4.30pm
Venue of course delivery Solihull College
Blossomfield road,
B91 1SB.
Course ESOL
LMS opportunity number ERG 24474
Qualification Details City and Guilds Progression Awards Entry Level
Course details This course will enable learners to practise their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills and to work towards an appropriate Entry Level qualification. Class activities will focus on enabling them to function in social and work situations and will prepare them for progression to higher level courses. This course is entry level which means that the student must be able to attend an interview and communicate on their own.
Duration of course 10 weeks
Days of course. Mon, Tues, Wed
Times of course. 1-4pm
Venue of course delivery Blossomfield
Course Horticulture
LMS opportunity number ERG 20201
Qualification Details City & Guilds level 2 Work based horticulture a Nationally recognized qualification.
Course details Hands on training, this is a small sample of aspects we cover:-
Lawn prep and care, Planting & fertilizing, ground preparation and establish site, boarder maintenance, Soil knowledge, use of power tools, green house work. Courses change dependent on the growing season and weather condition.
This course is suitable for people looking to work within the gardening / ground maintenance industry.
Duration of course 4 Weeks
3 Days per week
Days of course. Monday,Wednesday & Friday
Times of course. 9.00 - 4.00
Venue of course delivery Blossomfield Campus
Course IT Communications
Qualification Details ITQ C&G Award for IT Users Level 1
Course details Clients could achieve a level 1 C&G award for IT users covering:-
Communication, Internet, Email and Word Processing
This course is pitched at the student's individual ability
They can also work towards C&G IT User's Level 1 Certificate, Level 1 Diploma and level 2 Award
The course is for anybody that has no experience or little experience with IT.
Duration of course 7 Weeks
Days of course. Monday - Tuesday 2 days per week or
Thursday - Friday 2 days per Week
Times of course. 9.30am - 4.30pm
Venue of course delivery Blossomfield Campus
Other Information: Clients must be unemployed and claiming JSA. 18 Years plus.
Course Retail
LMS opportunity number ERG 20202
Qualification Details Level 1 Award in Retail Knowledge.
Course details The course will cover:-
What is Retail?
Customer service in the Retail sector.
Understanding the Retail selling sector.
How Retail business maintains Health, Safety and Security.
Some team work and personal development.
This course involves completion of a workbook and lots of classroom discussion and some practical activities within the mock retail shop at
Blossomfield campus, students will complete a window display, learn basic principles of visual merchandising. Students get a good insight into the full range of retail work.
Duration of course 4 Weeks
Days of course. 3 days per week.
Wed, Thursday & Friday.
Times of course. 9.30am - 3.00pm
Total of 15 hours per week.
Venue of course delivery Blossomfield Campus
Course Retail
LMS opportunity number ERG 20202
Qualification Details Level 1 Award in Retail Knowledge.
Course details The course will cover:-
What is Retail?
Customer service in the Retail sector.
Understanding the Retail selling sector.
How Retail business maintains Health, Safety and Security.
Some team work and personal development.
This course involves completion of a workbook and lots of classroom discussion and some practical activities within the mock retail shop at
Blossomfield campus, students will complete a window display, learn basic principles of visual merchandising. Students get a good insight into the full range of retail work.
Duration of course 4 Weeks
Days of course. 3 days per week.
Wed, Thursday & Friday.
Times of course. 9.30am - 3.00pm
Total of 15 hours per week.
Venue of course delivery Blossomfield Campus
Course Security SIA
LMS opportunity number ERG 20200
Qualification Details Highfield:- Level 2 units are:-
Working in the private Security Industry.
Working as a door supervisor.
Conflict management.
Physical Intervention skills for the private Security industry.
Course details In week one you will complete a security orientated BTEC Work skills programme which will prepare you for your application stage of applying for security roles. Week two you will complete your SIA level 2. Course content:- Awareness of the law in the private security sector, Health & Safety, Fire Safety, Emergency procedures, The private Security industry, Communication skills and Customer care. This course is ideal if you want to work in the frontline security services sector of Static/Patrol Guarding, Door Supervisor, Events Security, Key holding/Alarm Response.
Duration of course 2 Weeks
Days of course. Monday to Friday.
Times of course. 9.00 - 4.00
Venue of course delivery Blossomfield Campus
Other information On completion of the course with a job offer in writing your SIA application will be fully funded.
Course Starting your own business
LMS opportunity number ERG 28673
Qualification Details OCR Level 2 Award in Business Enterprise (QCF)
Course details This course is suitable for ambitious person considering starting up a business, or anybody who is currently in the early stages of their own project.
The course is also suited to people who wish to understand what is included in the process of writing a business plan.
Duration of course 4 Weeks
Days of course. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
(3 days per week)
Times of course. 9.00am - 4.00 pm
Venue of course delivery Blossomfield Campus
Other information Clients must be unemployed and claiming
JSA. 18 Years plus.

Course Hospitality and catering
LMS opportunity number ERG 20348
Qualification Details Unit accreditation towards Introduction to
the Hospitality Industry Level 1.
Food Safety Level 1.
Course details This course is suitable for anybody looking
to work within the Hospitality Industry, Hotel
work, Bar Work etc
The course will cover:-
Introduction to the Hospitality Industry.
Customer Service.
Introduction to food commodities.
Food Safety (Food Hygiene) Level 1.
Duration of course 4 Weeks
Days of course. Monday - Wednesday
(3 days per week)
Times of course. 9.30am - 3.00 pm
Venue of course delivery Woodlands Campus. Auckland Drive,
Smith's Wood B36 0NF.

Other information Clients must be unemployed and claiming
JSA. 18 Years plus.

Solihull College is one of only 14 Colleges nationwide offering a new government programme to enable unemployed people to take a short course in a chosen career. OUR FREE SHORT COURSES STARTING SOON will give those receiving Jobs Seekers Allowance an opportunity to sample an area of work that they would ultimately like to work in.

Are you:

  • Aged 18+
  • Claiming Job Seekers Allowance
  • Unemployed


If you answer yes, to all of the above then please contact us on 0121 678 7000 to see how we can help to get your career back on track! The courses offered are listed below. Please click on the course for more information

  • Adult Numeracy & Literacy
  • Accounting
  • Airport
  • Care
  • Construction
  • Customer Service
  • ESOL Entry level
  • Hospitality and Catering
  • Horticulture
  • IT Communications
  • Retail
  • Security Service
  • Setting Up Your Own Business
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