Telford College has several years of experience working in partnership with Jobcentre Plus and employers across Shropshire and the Midlands, generating new opportunities for the unemployed to gain skills in a variety of vocational areas and enter into employment.  We currently run programmes in Telford, Wolverhampton, West Bromwich, Dudley, Birmingham, Redditch, Worcester and Hereford.

For more information contact us on 01952 642391 or email

Upcoming programmes:

Start Date Programme Type Location For more information
16/09/2019 Construction Skills inc. CSCS card and H&S Telford Call us on 01952 642391
23/09/2019 HGV Cat C sector-based work academy Stoke on Trent Call us on 01952 642391
23/09/2019 Warehouse & FLT sector-based work academy Telford Call us on 01952 642391
07/10/2019 Warehouse & FLT sector-based work academy Wolverhampton Call us on 01952 642391
14/10/2019 HGV Cat C sector-based work academy Erdington Call us on 01952 642391
14/10/2019 HGV Cat C sector-based work academy Willenhall Call us on 01952 642391
14/10/2019 HGV Cat C sector-based work academy Telford Call us on 01952 642391
more dates coming soon - check back shortly

What is a sector-based work academy?

Sector-based work academies are a way to create a skilled workforce for your business through vocational, sector-specific training.

Generally lasting between 2 to 6 weeks, programmes are designed to help those who are unemployed, ready for work, and receiving benefits, to secure employment.

Students remain on their benefit throughout the training and in many cases can access support with travel costs through their Jobcentre for the duration of the course.

Sector-based work academies are designed to help meet employers immediate and future recruitment needs as well as to recruit a workforce with the right skills to sustain and grow their business, and require no direct cost to the employer as these are covered by government funding.

What does the work academy consist of?

  • Pre-employment training: This will be relevant to the needs of the business and sector, ensuring that learners looking for employment gain the appropriate skills to succeed in the workplace. The training is fully funded, with no direct costs to the employer, and will be delivered by our experienced tutors.
  • A work experience placement: This is of great benefit to both the learner and a business allowing the individual to develop their skills and have the opportunity to work in the real environment treated as a regular employee and to ensure they are suited for that specific vocation.
  • A guaranteed job interview:  Every learner who completes the course will receive a guaranteed interview for the advertised vacancies with the employer linked to the academy. This provides the individual with valuable interview experience as well as the opportunity of full time employment.
Peter Foley | Telford College

From priest and social worker, to qualified HGV driver
– Peter Foley celebrates his success.


“Going back to the classroom at college was strange at first, but I must say I’ve enjoyed the whole experience. This course provides you with a real career opportunity - it is better to step up and try something like this now, than to regret it later.”

“Although HGV driving is very different to anything I have done before, it’s something I’ve always been a little bit interested in. A lot of people are afraid of change in their careers, but I think it can do you good.”

Peter Foley, read more about when he attended HGV Class 2 Academy.

What are the benefits for employers?

Every sector-based work academy is designed to help meet the employers’ specific, immediate and future recruitment needs as well as to recruit a workforce with the right skills to sustain and grow their business. Academies also help by reducing the risks within the overall process of recruiting new employees.

We work with each employer in tandem with Jobcentre Plus to help identify their recruitment needs and ensure that the most suitable training is provided to their potential future employees.

Would you like your own Academy with Telford College?

Call us on 01952 642554 or email us at and we’ll be in touch to discuss your requirements.

Pre-employment training and sector-based work academies are free if you are:

  • over 19 years of age and actively seeking employment;
  • In receipt of Universal Credit, Job Seekers Allowance, or Employment Support Allowance (Work Related Activity Group);
  • Or earn less than £15,736.50 annual gross salary (you will need to provide evidence of annual salary, e.g. three months’ payslips, employment contract)
  • For more information, call us on 01952 642554 or email

“I signed up for the Telford College course because I wanted to learn new skills regarding health and safety, and customer service. I found the two-week course very valuable, and was supported by BSL interpreters who were able to clarify all the information. Through Syncreon, I now have a job at Jaguar Land Rover, with support through Access To Work, for a BSL interpreter...” 
Read more about Tirath's inspiration story here

 “I’ve always been keen to promote logistics industry training to young and unemployed people, and with this partnership we’ve been able to create a programme which gives both the practical and theoretical knowledge. It has given us a chance to reach many previously unemployed people, and help to provide them with a way into our industry. We are delighted with how the whole project is working.”

Darren Parker, Transervice Limited

 “Having worked regularly alongside Telford College for the last 3+ years I have always found them to be friendly, professional, and their Customer Service is exceptional. The quality and delivery of both their initial assessments and courses is first class. Everyone is treated as an individual and learners are encouraged to strive to achieve their best. This is evident through the results we get - providing the highest number of positive outcomes for the sector-based work academies we run.”

Claire Macmanomy, Department for Work & Pensions Employer Advisor for West Midlands

Kuldip Singh | Successfully achieved his HGV Category C licence and employed by Transervice in West Bromwich 

The Telford College HGV Class 2 Programme has been developed for individuals seeking employment in the driving, freight and warehousing sectors, and combines an effective mix of classroom, theory and practical training to help jobseekers gain the necessary licences for employment.  Learners who complete the training often seek and find employment as Cat C/Class 2 drivers, van drivers, driver's mates and warehousing operatives.

Programmes initially require 3 weeks of classroom tuition, where our skilled tutors will develop and grow students' knowledge of warehousing, storage and customer service.  We also embed all-important employability skills and cover the driving basics - in preparation for the theory test.  Week 4-5; each students will receive a driving observation in a van, this will be a recorded observation to ensure driving competency, completing the driving ‘obs’ will grant learners a full Level 2 Driving Goods Vehicles qualification.  Once the theory tests have been completed, one of our training partners will book learners for a week of driving training to prepare for day 5 - test day.  If everything goes well on test day, students will receive their funded CPC training to ensure road safety competency.

For more information on our funded HGV programmes for jobseekers please contact Oliver Stevens on 01952 642391
or email  


With the driver shortage being predicted at around 45,000+ (according to the Road Haulage Association), it’s never been more important to inject new drivers into the industry.  Our HGV Cat C/Class 2 academy was developed to to reduce the national driver shortage and simplify recruitment.  We are steadily establishing a network of employers and agencies within the driving & logistics industry, and are committed to finding exciting opportunities for our newly qualified drivers.

If you’re looking to recruit a qualified Cat C/Class 2 driver, why not contact us today and find out how Telford College can support your driver needs - call us on 01952 642391 for more information.

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