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Forklift courses for unemployed.

LONG-term unemployed are finding work thanks to South Birmingham College's Forklift and Logistics Training Academy, based at the Highgate Centre in Auckland Road.

The college has worked with Jobcentre Plus and the Learning and Skills Council to provide qualifications and training for people who have been out of work for more than six months.

Logistics and forklift truck driving are jobs currently in demand so the Highgate Centre, as the only facility of its type in the Midlands, was a perfect fit.

Now job-seekers who have completed their NVQ Level 2 in Warehouse and Storage are finding work in the sector.

Keith Squire, the director of the centre, said: "We've had people go to Cadbury and Sainsbury's and other major employers, with more expressing interest.

"This centre, which operates as a working warehouse to meet the college's distribution needs, can offer a wide range of new skills and openings to people who have lost their jobs, especially those who are unemployed as a result of the decline in the manufacturing industry."

The Highgate Centre offers the whole suite of nationallyrecognised training and is an RTITB & ITSSAR Accredited Forklift Training facility.

For more information on courses at South Birmingham College call 0121 694 5000 or visit:
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Jun 24, 2010
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