Information, Advice and Guidance
EBCF has been supporting communities across the Midlands for over 30 years with a range of services and resources.
National Careers Service
EBCF hold a subcontract to deliver the National Careers Service in Birmingham. The National Careers Service is available free to every adult aged 19+ or 18 if they are not in education, employment or training or claiming benefits in England. It provides information, careers and skills advice tailored to you.
Our qualified careers advisers provide advice and support tailored to each individual customer’s needs through digital technology, telephone and face-to-face meetings. We help customers identify and overcome any barriers they face to give them the chance to unlock their true potential and find a fulfilling career which offers opportunities to progress.
The National Careers Service makes it easy for everyone to find accurate information on learning and work, with professional advice to help you make the right choices. It’s free of charge and available online and over the phone.
Help is available online at https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk, with one of our careers advisers over the phone on 0800 100 900, or face to face at any National Careers Service centre including EBCF’s centres in Saltley and Winson Green.
Job Profiles – Link to NCS – Skills and Qualities
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Recruitment Agencies in Birmingham & the West Midlands – CLICK HERE
How to find a job
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We have a huge variety of adult courses that can be studied online and at college. Some can provide you with career-related skills that will help you to get a better job or get back into employment. Some will give you the knowledge and confidence to set up your own business and some will simply enable you to learn more hobbies and topics of interest.
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Apprenticeships give you the opportunity to work for an employer, earn a salary and gain a recognised qualification at the same time as gaining valuable workplace skills and experience.
All apprenticeships are at least 12 months long.
All apprentices should work for at least 30 hours per week (exceptions in some professions)
All apprentices receive the appropriate national minimum wage.
You will also develop your maths, English and ICT skills.
EBCF currently offers the following apprenticeship training:
Business and Administration
Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
The Early Years Educator (formally Children and Young People’s Workforce)
Advanced Learner Loans
Aged 19 or over and thinking about further education?
If you are starting a Level 3 course you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan. These loans help you to pay the fees charged by approved colleges and training organisations in England.
Most learners aged 19 and over will qualify for these loans from the UK government. It’s easy to apply, your household income isn’t taken in to account and there’s no credit check. You won’t have to pay anything back until your income is over £26,575 a year.
Learners will be able to apply for a loan to meet the upfront costs of their qualifications, which will be paid directly to the college/organisation. This is a great way to get on to courses that might have been too expensive. The fee for your course will be set by your college or training organisation. They will confirm the cost and the amount that can be covered by a loan before you enrol.
Who is eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan?
People who are:
- Aged 19 or over at the start of their course
- Resident in the UK for three years before the start of the course
- Studying at a Skills Funding Agency approved provider
You will be able to apply for a learner loan using an online application form available from the Student Loans Company website. Loans can vary from a minimum of £300 to the maximum linked to the funding rate.