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Local student’s career swap makes BBC news

A student at Solihull College & University Centre has been featured on BBC News, discussing how she has retrained to work in the construction sector after losing her job. Iman Khan, 28, from Birmingham, lost her

job because of the pandemic and found herself searching for another career. She had always had an interest in

construction and jumped at the chance to retrain with the college and partners RMF. The college and RMF are working together

to fill skills gaps on large infrastructure projects in the region with a workforce that is trained locally. Iman has now secured work on a large Lendlease development in Perry Barr. The Government have created a £126m fund

to help retrain people affected by the pandemic. Iman said: “Covid happened and I lost my

job. I have a daughter and I wanted to be the best I could be for her – to show the sky’s the limit in what you can do.”

‘The Government have created a £126m fund to help retrain people affected by the pandemic’

Further education colleges across the West Midlands have joined forces to offer free courses as part of the ‘Reignite your future’ programme. More than 5,000 adults are set to benefit

from free training over the next year as part of the programme, funded by the West Midlands Combined Authority, to help them gain jobs in one of the region’s growth sectors.

Software business beds into Shirley base

Software development firm Matter of Software has moved to new premises in the centre of Shirley. Situated on the doorstep of the proposed

Shirley central metro line stop, the new offices offers fantastic transport links to Solihull and Birmingham, with the M42 just a short drive away.

Managing director Ryan Bishop said that the

move was due to an expansion in the business’ services. He said: “The business continues to expand

due to businesses looking to offer digital offerings. We examined the needs of our clients and employees, and having a location that was easy to access and convenient for other facilities was high up on the wish list. Shirley was an obvious choice and we are pleased to be able to bring the team back to support the high street.” Matter of Software is in the process of adding

a junior and senior software developers, digital business analyst, two apprentice software developers and two apprentice software testers to their team, as well as additional roles through the Government’s ‘Kickstart’ scheme.

Customers are enjoying the shopping experience of buying their favourite items from their local stores and getting it delivered to their doorstep.

The company was founded by K. Mohammed, who has been a consultant with 25 years’ experience working for large corporations, when he saw a problem in the ethnic supermarket sector. The platform provides ethnic stores an easy, cost effective, and quick option to go online and sell their products. Kloudrop’s team fulfills the orders from various local stores and delivers to consumers with seamless experience.

Kloudrop plans to use artificial intelligence and machine learning to understand the demand and offer consumers a better choice and value for money.

Currently serving areas of Birmingham, Solihull, Sutton Coldfield and Walsall, with plans to expand to other parts of the UK.

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