It's The Big Help Out - Solihull firm launches new Covid initiative - The Solihull Observer

It's The Big Help Out - Solihull firm launches new Covid initiative

Solihull Editorial 12th Oct, 2020   0

SOLIHULL-based distance learning provider Open Study College has launched a new initiative to help those whose job prospects have been hit by the pandemic.

The organisation is free offering support programmes including full and part-funded scholarships to upskill or retrain in a new career and tech pack giveaways amongst other support programmes as part of its new initiative – The Big Help Out.

The scheme also includes a career kick-start programme, support for businesses and their employees and free mental health resources from Mind.

The career kick-start scheme is aimed at students getting back on their feet, back into work. It offers free CV critiques, a downloadable skills guide and career guides to help people find out about certain professions to determine whether it’s the right career for them.

The Solihull Parkway firm has also partnered with recruitment specialist, SimkissGuy Recruitment, which will offer job hunting support.

A full and part-funded scholarship programme can help those most in need to upskill or give them the skills to change their career.

In addition, the online learning provider will also be running a promotion to provide free tech packs to support those who don’t have the technology to complete online studies or their job search.

The online training provider is also appealing to other businesses to get involved in The Big Help Out – email Sadie Cooper on [email protected].

Samantha Rutter, chief executive at Open Study College said: “Over the past few months we’ve been inundated with inquiries from people looking to find out how they could retrain in a totally different industry after theirs was impacted as a result of Covid.

“ We learnt of the fears surrounding how they would take care of their families, and as a family owned and run business that really struck a chord with us.”

To find out more about Open Study College visit

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