Andrew Mitchell MP visits local FourstaR Employment and Skills training centre

9th February 2011

Andrew Mitchell MP has visited FourstaR’s flagship employment and skills training centre in Aston to hear how it is helping Sutton Coldfield’s unemployed back to work.

Mr Mitchell met with the Managing Director, Aaron Henricksen, and was given a tour of the 40,000 square foot purpose-built training facility, housed in a converted warehouse.

Mr Mitchell heard how FourstaR are working in partnership with Sutton’s Jobcentre Plus to deliver the Government’s flagship welfare to work programme. The Centre draws on the experience of delivering similar programmes in The Netherlands, with the aim of engaging with the long-term unemployed in order to get them back to work.

During the meeting, Andrew Mitchell discussed the Centre’s innovative and jobseeker-focussed approach to employment training. He also viewed the “work stations” that provide clients with real life work experience in a wide range of professions, from manufacturing to food production and hospitality.

Mr Mitchell also discussed FourstaR’s efforts to forge strong links with local employers, both large and small.

Mr Mitchell said, “FourstaR’s Employment and Training Centre provides essential training and targeted support for those looking for work in Sutton Coldfield and throughout our region. I was impressed by the facilities on offer to jobseekers and thank all the staff here for their hard work in helping to get people back to work.”

Photo: Andrew Mitchell MP with Richard Loach, Manager of the Employment Training Centre',