4.2 million - you belong. Careers advice, information on apprenticeships and work placements for young people in the West Midlands

You are one of our 4.2 million and together we are #WMSTRONG

WMCA and our partners are big enough to make a difference but small enough to make it happen.

And together, we have the power to change our story to build a healthier, happier, better connected and more prosperous West Midlands.

It’s time to use your #WMPOWER

Summer Careers Festival Videos

Are you a young person who is considering what to do with your future and what the next steps are to get there? We have everything you need to narrow down your options and help you make the right choice for you.

The videos from our recent virtual careers fair, are a fantastic opportunity to find out about the help and support available for young people during this time and cover a range of different themes, including careers, further education, access to employment and get involved/health and wellbeing.

Careers Day

Further Education Day

Access to Employment Day

Get Involved/Health & Wellbeing Day

Training, Apprenticeships, Traineeships

Netcom Training Limited

Staffordshire Partnership Employment & Skills

Black CodHer


Skills Training UK

PTP Training Limited

Release Potential Limited

Bright Direction Training


Prince's Trust

Digital Innovators

Adult Education

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Wolverhampton City Council

Coventry City Council


Birmingham Metropolitan College

Coventry College

Hereward College Of Further Education

Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College

Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College

South & City College Birmingham

South Staffordshire College

Telford College

Fircroft College

Dudley College

Halesowen College

National College for Advanced Transport and Infrastructure

College & University

Solihull College And University Centre

Solihull College And University Centre

University College Birmingham

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Ever thought about a work placement?

They give you the power to show your worth whilst you gain the experience you need to get started! If you've struggled with interviews and job applications before, a work placement will give you a better chance to show what you're made of. Once you're in the door, providing you work hard, you could get offered the chance to stay. Whatever happens, you’ll definitely get some great experience to add to your CV.

Do you want to know how to find a placement of interest to you?

We can help! We are working with employers to offer placements across the West Midlands.

If you’d like to find out more about placements, then take a look at the range of opportunities on offer through one of our partner organisations; Movement to Work.

Get work experience
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Ever thought about an apprenticeship?

This option gets you straight into work, giving you the power to achieve your future goals! As an apprentice you will gain real world experience that will set you on your journey to success.

Is there an apprenticeship that suits your needs?

There are vacancies on offer in the Midlands ranging from traditional skills like bricklaying to cutting edge digital marketing! There’s a much bigger range of options than most people believe.

Search apprenticeships

Thinking about further study?

There’s a local college close to you where you can choose from hundreds of full-time and part-time courses.

Whatever you choose, gaining new skills can open up all kinds of future options for you. Why not visit their websites or check them out for yourself – they’re open over the summer and many are running events to help you discover what’s right for you and where you want to go next.

Don’t stay still - Take that next step today. You have the power to change your story!


Looking to get into the construction industry?

Take a look at Construction Gateway, it provides a powerful lift up to help build your career.

If you are aged 19 or over Construction Gateway can provide you with six weeks free training for entry level construction jobs. You will gain a CSCS card (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) which is your gateway to any construction site, without this it’s impossible!

We work with employers to design training based on the skills you need , This way you’ll get the right skills to hit the ground running for a future in modern construction and everyone that completes the course is guaranteed an interview with an employer looking for the skills that you will learn.

To get onto the gateway or find out more contact your local Jobcentre Plus office or call WMCA on 0121 200 2787

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Save on travel

If you're aged 16-18 and living in the West Midlands, our FREE 16-18 photocard allows you to continue buying child single, return and season tickets for the bus, train and tram. This can save you up to 50% off travel to school, college or work.

Start saving

If you’re over 18 and going to university or starting a new job there are other travel offers available that could save you money.

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Not sure what you want to do next?

Don’t worry, there’s plenty of help on offer! For advice on career options, tips on improving your interview technique, CV writing or searching for your first job, try the National Careers Service website;

Explore your options
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