Get on board for a brighter future in Shard End

By on 24/03/2014 in Cllr Cotton, News
Cllr John Cotton

Cllr John Cotton

If you're unemployed, looking to improve your skills or thinking of starting your own business, then advice and support is on hand.

The jobs and skills bus will be parking up in various locations in Shard End Ward during March and April with trained advisers on board to help local people get into work, training or even start their own business.

A range of organisations will be represented on the bus, including Birmingham Adult Education Service, Phoenix Training, Kingsbury Training, Department for Work and Pensions, Birmingham City Council traineeship scheme, Prospects Services and the National Careers Service, The Pump and Business in the Community.

The jobs and skills bus will be popping up in the Shard End area as follows:

  • Wednesday 26th March 2014
    10.00 am to 2.00 pm
    Heathway Shopping Centre (opposite the Heathway Pub)
  • Wednesday 2nd April 2014
    10.00 to 2.00 pm
    LIDL car park, Mackadown Lane B33 0NG
  • Wednesday 9th April 2014
    Frontage of Madoc & Rhodes, 151 Lea Village B33 9SJ

The jobs and skills bus is part of a bigger initiative called Our Place! to improve the lives of residents living in Glebe Farm, Kitts Green, Lea Village, Shard End and Tile Cross.

The Our Place! approach puts the local community at the heart of decision-making and brings everyone together - residents, voluntary and community organisations, businesses, public sector workers and city councillors - to tackle local issues and make the area a better place to live. An important strand of this work is addressing unemployment and lack of skills in the area.

Cllr John Cotton, Shard End Ward Councillor and Cabinet Member for Social Cohesion and Equalities, said: “Too many people are being held back by inequalities in education and employment, preventing them from reaching their full potential and making the most of their talents.

“The jobs and skills bus is designed to bring opportunities out into the neighbourhoods of Shard End, Kitts Green, Tile Cross, Lea Village & the Glebe. So, if you live locally, are unemployed or want to improve your skills, coming along to the bus could be an important first step in getting access to employment, training or other advice.”


Notes for editors:

For more information or to arrange an interview please contact Sue Smith, Senior Partnership Officer, Birmingham City Council, on 0121 675 3624 or email

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