A-level advice in Birmingham

By on 23/08/2009 in News

If you collected your A-level results last week and don’t know what to do next, head for Birmingham Central Library's Learning Centre.

The centre offers information and advice on learning and work opportunities available throughout the region.

Whether you want to continue you education, enter the world of work, take a gap-year or consider working abroad, staff are on hand to help.

The Learning Centre offers the following services:

  • Access to all UK university prospectuses and university guides, UCAS books, how to write Personal Statements. The centre is an UCAS Online Registration Centre.
  • Information and advice on learning and work, including one-to-one private/confidential interviews with qualified staff.
  • CV Surgery – one-to-one advice session on the strengths of CV and where (if any) improvements can be made.
    Eight dedicated computers for compiling CVs, job search, job applications and available 9-8 Monday-Friday, 9-5 Saturdays.
  • Career profiling software to identify your strengths, weaknesses, areas of work you like/dislike which will then generate a list of suitable careers (based on answers given)
  • Exodus software – providing information and advice on working, training, studying, living abroad.
    Funderfinder – information on grants and funding opportunities available
  • Job Library - the largest in Birmingham & Solihull covering volunteering, what to do in your GAP year, what to do with your A levels,  range of careers opportunity books. Information on everything from careers in advertising to zoo keeping, starting your own business, running a franchise, and self employment.
  • Opportunities to brush up on your Maths and English skills, and achieve a Level 2 qualification (equivalent to GCSE A-C)

Cllr Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport & Culture said: “When the A-level results come out it can be an exciting time but also a scary one. Many people are left wondering what to do next and they need to know what their options are. That's where the Learning Centre comes in.

“The centre is an invaluable service that helps thousands of people across Birmingham and the wider West Midlands region each month and staff are on stand-by to offer advice and assistance.

“The current economic climate means skills, training and advice are more important than ever and this free service equips people for an increasingly competitive job market.”


Notes to editors

A massive 55,000 people have visited the centre over the last 12 months and statistics show visitors come from across the city and the wider West Midlands region.

Launched in April 2002, the Learning Centre is a free service, open for 63 hours a week. In addition to providing information and advice on learning and work, the centre has a comprehensive job library, plus a range of self study resources to develop and brush up skills.  It is also a learndirect centre, focussing on Maths and English up to Level 2.

The centre offers a wide variety of services to jobseekers, including:

  • CV Surgery
  • IT resources
  • Training
  • Education

The Learning Centre is situated on the first floor of Birmingham Central Library.

It is open from 9am to 8pm (Mon - Fri) and 9am to 5pm (Sat)

Contact details
Tel: 0121 303 4306
Textphone: 0121 303 4547

For further information contact Geoff Coleman on 0121 303 3501

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