Learning Centre on A-level standby

By on 18/08/2010 in News

With the A-level results released tomorrow (Aug 19) staff at the Birmingham Central Library Learning Centre are on standby to help thousands of youngsters ponder their next move.

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 once the A-level results are out.

“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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  1. Sarah says:

    The best of luck to all students who are receiving their A-level results tomorrow. Of course, unexpectedly good or bad results is sure to gift some of students with a gap year, possibly more than usual with clearing likely to be more competitive this year. During the past few months, students will (hopefully) have dedicated most of their time to their exams, and whether they had already decided to take a gap year or not, the planning of it may well have taken a back seat. Now that a gap year may be looming, it’s time to start working out exactly what to get out of it. This can be a very daunting task, particularly with the number of opportunities out there nowadays, and it would be such a shame to not achieve as much as they would like, simply because the the prospect of planning it was too overwhelming. As such, we have put together a simple guide to help students get started. It sets out the key points they should be thinking about and the questions they need to ask themselves to help determine what they would like to achieve in the next 12 months, whether this be travel, volunteering abroad or in the UK, learning a language, gaining a qualification, getting some useful work experience, and of course enjoying themselves here and there! It is not definitive by any means, however, it should provide a starting point for anyone unsure as to what they would like to do, and to the range of opportunities that are out there.