Free training for long term unemployed and single parents at the Brandwood Centre

Nearly 700 local people have benefited from FREE training thanks to a Big Lottery Funded project in Kings Heath.

The Train-to-Gain project run by the Brandwood Centre in Kings Heath has supported nearly 700 long term unemployed and single parents in their search for work.

The training which is provided by in house trainers is completely free and has been specially developed to showcase peoples employability skills.

Speaking to B14 News Brandwood Centre Manager Patricia Watson said: “Myself and the whole team are proud that the Big Lottery Fund have recognised the work put in by the centre and have continued to support the long term unemployed and single parents.”

Train-to-Gain Project Development Officer Angie Field added: “Aside from the free accredited training we provide, we also run workshops, drop-in sessions, ICT support and provide work experience opportunities”

“This means that there is something for everyone at whatever stage they are at on their back-to-work journey.”

In it’s fourth year of funding the Train-to-Gain project is one of thousands of community organisations supported by the Big Lottery Fund, which has since 2004 awarded over £9 billion to projects that has changed the lives of millions of people in the UK.

For those who are looking to gain work experience, on Friday 23rd September from 10am till 12noon the Brandwood Centre is hosting a free work experience event where you can meet employers and find out what work experience opportunities they provide.

To book your place on the next training package, which begins this September visit