Solihull College

Solihull College Partnership

RMF Group is working in partnership with Solihull College & University centre, to train unemployed adults in a variety of construction roles, to provide the workforce for large infrastructure projects in the region and beyond.

The training is funded by the West Midlands Combined Authority’s (WMCA) Construction Gateway initiative and has already transformed the lives of many of the region’s residents. Learners finish with a guaranteed job interview, setting themselves up for success in the industry.

The plant equipment used at the 22-acre site, where learners are trained on groundworks, rail and both small and large plant qualifications, has been part funded by a grant from the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP), recognising the need for learners to finish their training and be industry-ready.

Since the partnership commenced RMF have trained over 900 residents, including those with additional multiple barriers. Our candidates have a retention rate of over 85%, over 90% of whom gained a qualification.

Our Training Partnership

Working closely with employers and industry partners to make training an immediate progression into employment

Safeguarding and welfare

Ensuring all learners, employees, employers and stakeholders across all delivery models are well-informed, supported and have the knowledge to report any issues or concerns. A strong focus is on wellbeing during/post COVID as we return to face to face delivery and individuals establish their new ‘normal’, along with robust H&S and safeguarding checks across all proposed delivery sites. High importance is placed on equality, diversity and inclusion to support our diverse learner welfare and pastoral needs.

Promoting Best Practice and Outstanding TLA

Updating and embedding new TLA and E&M strategies across the business; Ensuring Good to Outstanding TLA across all provision and delivery methods, throughout the full learner journey (IAG, induction, reviews, 1-2-1, group, remote). Innovative and appropriate solutions developed and demonstrated through performance coaching and ‘Raising the Bar’ and measuring success through observations, customer satisfaction and QARs.

Delivering Great Outcomes

QARs at or above NARs across all delivery; internal KPIs set, adopting performance coaching style and improved collaboration to achieve targets and ensure operational effectiveness; Improved use of MI and greater visibility of timely learner progress across all programmes; robust tracking of destination and progression.

Drive Continuous Improvement

Visibility of areas of strengths and development; development of colleagues and managers to ensure consistency and understanding of all required activities around internal targets and EIF requirements. Full confidence in RMF meeting all standards and quality with outstanding customer satisfaction.

Governance

Robust internal and external governance across all provision; clear accountability through accurate self-assessment and Quality improvement planning; effective performance management of employees; managed service; stronger links forged between quality and compliance (joint Deep Dive Annual Calendar); delivering good value for money and efficiency across the business.

Case Study

Iman Khan 28, was made redundant as a result of COVID 19 restrictions. She took the opportunity to explore her interest in construction, by retraining with Solihull College & University Centre and RMF, which she successfully completed and she has now progressed onto working as a Site Supervisor.