BAES Open Events

Need advice about what courses to do next?

Do you need advice about courses you could undertake? Then why not book a date to come along to one of the Birmingham Adult Education Services (BAES) open events and find out how our courses can help you fulfil your ambitions?

Between March and June BAES will be running ten open events in their main centres between 10:00 and 13:00 on Saturday mornings.

These events are a great opportunity to come into the centres and talk to both staff and current learners about the wide range of courses on offer within the service.

At each event there will be various subject demonstrations and a chance to join in with some interactive games. Exhibitions of learners’ work and workshops will also be taking place.

BAES’s friendly, expert tutors and Learner Services team will be available to provide careers education, information, advice and guidance.

Find out where and when your nearest Open Event is taking place

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Passport to Employment

Are you ready for the world of work?

Birmingham Adult Education Services (BAES) wants to help all its learners to achieve their potential in life, in work and as active citizens. Their new careers programme Passport to Employment will help you to do just that!

As part of our Learner Gateway commitment BAES have developed a series of one hour workshops that will help you to be successful in your journey into work. The workshops are designed to complement your current study programme and develop your skills so you will be better equipped to achieve your long-term goals and aspirations.

The Passport to Employment programme is FREE and you can come along to any of the workshops and attend one, two or all three of them. Dates and times of workshops at each centre are available here:

Alternatively look out for posters in your local centre telling you when workshops are running. To book your place please speak to centre staff.

Your journey to success in the world of work starts here!

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Social Enterprise Meeting

Birchfield Social Enterprise Hub

Following a very productive workshop in December at Grosvenor Road Studios looking at social enterprise in the area and how we can nurture and support it in the future, we are planning monthly sessions in partnership with UnLtd.

The first session will be 10am – 12.30pm on Thursday 7th February at Grosvenor Road Studios and will look at Marketing your business and branding.

For more details please contact:

Andrew Simons – 07421 994752
Carol Reid (ATHAC) – 07977 880132
Victor Shaw (UnLtd) – 07841 779981

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IT Skills for Beginners + and job search skills sessions

Birchfield Big Local has teamed up with Birmingham City Council’s Adult Education Service to provide FREE training sessions at Grosvenor Road Studios or their premises in Aston. Why not express an interest!

The course is in two parts (you’ll need to attend both days):

Part One: IT Skills for Beginners …
Participants will learn all the basic skills related to the use of computers including;

  1. Switching on and properly shutting down PC’s

  2. How to use a PC keyboard

  3. Using and producing documents

  4. Using online applications

And more ..

Basic requirements:

  • Participants must be on a job related benefit (e.g. Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance or Universal Credit)

  • Participants must have at least a basic knowledge of IT and use of computers

  • Participants must have a basic grasp of English and be able to understand and communicate with the tutors

  • Must be able to commit to the full 2-day schedule (9am to 3pm)

  • Participants can bring along their own laptops if they wish

Part Two: Work Skills Course …
This part of the course will help participants to be more effective in their job search efforts.

These sessions will include:

  1. Job searching skills

  2. Completing application forms

  3. Appropriate behaviour in the workplace

  4. Mock interview sessions

And more ..

Basic requirements:
These are generally the same as the above.

Please contact Tippa Naphtali (Volunteer Co-ordinator) if you are interested in attending.
T: 07421 994753 E:

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Birmingham Adult Education - Get Connected 2019

Birmingham Adult Education : Get *Connected* in 2019

It’s time to turn your dreams into reality!
We hope you have had an excellent start to the new year, and are looking forward to achieving great things in 2019!

If one of your new year resolutions was to get a better job, then one of our qualification courses could be just the start you need. Perhaps learning a new language would help you achieve your goal to travel, live or work abroad? Maybe this was the year you promised yourself you would make time to do something creative? Whatever you resolved to do take a look in our Term 2 Course Brochure and see if one of our brand new courses can help you reach your new year goals.

Don’t miss out – don’t miss a class. Just a little reminder that classes restart again in January. If you would like to check the time and return date for courses please call 0121 303 4318 or contact your centre.

Let’s make 2019 the year that you fulfil your ambitions!

On Monday 10 December 2018 BAES held its first ever partnership event with other organisations to give learners an opportunity to find out about possible next steps and progression options into further education and training to help them achieve their long-term goals and aspirations.

It was a very lively event with lots of questions being asked and information and advice being shared with learners about a wide range of courses at a variety of levels.

Read full article here >

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BMet : Open Events November 2018

At BMet’s Open Event find out about their fantastic facilities, choose from hundreds of courses including a wide range of apprenticeships and vocational areas covering art and design, sport, construction, built environment, travel & tourism, health & social care, uniformed public services as well as dental, medical, podiatry, music, performance arts, animal care and horticulture plus loads more.

Events take place at various locations on Saturday 24th November 2018 from 10am to 1pm

For A levels, visit our new A Level Centre at Sutton Coldfield College.

You will have the opportunity to apply, be interviewed and receive an offer on the day. *

* All offers subject to successful interview and meeting of entry criteria. Some courses require maths or English assessment and/or performance/auditions at interview and are therefore excluded from this offer.

The following sites will be open:

  • Art & Design Centre (ADC)

  • Erdington Skills Centre (ESC)

  • James Watt College (JW)

  • Kidderminster Academy (KA)

  • Matthew Boulton College (MB)

  • Stourbridge College (ST)

  • Sutton Coldfield College (SC)

  • The Botanical Gardens (BBG)

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Free Big Lottery funded arts in health workshops from BCAT

BCAT are delighted to be in a position to offer your CVS organisation an array of FREE arts-based workshops that are intended to improve the health and wellbeing of your beneficiaries and enhance your organisation support.

The project will begin from 15 October, so we are now open to referrals for any CVS organisation providing community services.

Delivered by BCAT’s fantastic team of facilitators and volunteers, they can provided anything that you would like – such as jewellery making, clay, art, drama, music, dance/ movement, creative writing, glass painting – anything is possible, so have a word with your group and see what they would like to do!

Workshops are FREE for 4 weeks. After 4 weeks workshops are charged at a rate of £25ph or can be subsidised depending on the organisation size/ income. A referral form and risk assessment will need to be completed for all workshops. One-off workshops are available.

If you would be interested in becoming part of this exciting arts in health movement then please contact BCAT, and share this information with your colleagues.

BCAT will also be delivering a FREE arts therapies and language development project for young people with English as an additional language need. So if this is your client group, please get in touch for further information.

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Contact BCAT for more information:
Phone: 0121 440 8273

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