Emerge Stronger Solihull

With businesses locked down and a significant number of employees either working from home or on furlough, the past 12 months have seen people’s daily lives transformed.

A further national lockdown is in place, meaning millions of people across the country continue to be affected.

But Solihull is fighting back and we are confident the local community will emerge stronger.

To aid the region’s recovery, Solihull BID developed the ‘Emerge Stronger Solihull’ campaign to support those who have lost their jobs.

This campaign includes vodcasts – video podcasts – on multiple areas such as re-training, wellbeing, getting a job through online portals including LinkedIn and how to deal with job interviews.

Teaming up with experts in each field, the BID has recorded and will release each session on its social media platforms as well as here on our Emerge Stronger Solihull website hub.



Wellbeing and Looking After Yourself

Making sure you take care of your physical and mental health has never been so critical. Fiona Sanderson from Work Wellness Ltd is an experienced and proactive medical practitioner.

She is an NMC Registered Nurse, has an Occupational Health Specialist Practitioner degree and qualifications in Communications and Teaching and Assessing in Clinical Practice.

She delivers invaluable advice and guidance to those of you affected by job insecurity with millions of people impacted across the country. Fiona also outlines the importance of looking after your physical and mental health and share practical tips on how exactly you can do it. You can view the vodcast below.

Emerge Stronger Solihull – Recruitment and Job Focus

Whether you are a current jobseeker, looking for an alternative line of work or perhaps searching for some fresh talent for your business, this session will be hugely beneficial.

A panel of experts from the recruitment and professional world joined us to give you all the hints and tips needed for that next crucial online interview.

Susie Ankrett is the co-founder and Director of Plum Personnel. The independent recruitment consultancy is based in the heart of Solihull town centre. - https://www.plum-personnel.com/

Claire Jenkins has over 25 years’ experience of interviewing in the private, public and charity sectors. Claire works with clients all over the world and is a Senior Visiting Lecturer at both the University of Worcester and the University of Wolverhampton. - http://121interviewcoaching.co.uk/

Paul Wright is a finance leader with over 20 years’ post-qualification experience. His career history ranges from a lead finance role in a global Fortune 500 company in oil & gas to one of the largest private client law firms in The Midlands. Paul has extensive experience both as a hiring manager and as a jobseeker. - https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulwright18/


Re-Train and Re-Energise Your Career

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned some sectors of business upside down. What was once a reliable and much-needed profession could now be out in the cold.

Re-training later in life has never been easier. If you have lost your job and are stuck as to what your next move will be – why not look at reinventing yourself?

Nadia Davies and Paul Bates from Solihull College & University Centre go through your options if you’re looking to re-train or kickstart your career and showcase the courses on offer if you’re ready to take the next step.

Professional Part-time Courses (funded* or part funded*) https://www.solihull.ac.uk/part-time-learner/free-part-time-courses/

 Fully Funded* Distance Learning Courses  https://www.solihull.ac.uk/demographic/part-time-learner/category/distance-learning/

*Funding is subject to eligibility


Adult Course Guide 20/21 https://www.solihull.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/adult-course-guide.pdf

Apprenticeship Vacancies https://www.solihull.ac.uk/apprentice/apprenticeship-vacancies/

Finding Your Next Job Through LinkedIn

Over 60% of job seekers get hired through a referral. If you already use LinkedIn and have built a vast contact list, this could help you find your next role.

You can view and apply for jobs directly through LinkedIn, making your job search quick and easy. Making sure your profile is accurate, up-to-date and looks professional is key.

In this session, Rich Brown talks through the practical steps you can take to boost your chances of finding your dream job through LinkedIn.

With over 10 years’ experience in the charity sector, including Cancer Research UK and Acorns Children’s Hospice, Rich has learnt to maximise the potential social media can provide. Now as Head of Digital Marketing for Quick By Design, Rich has received recognition directly from Facebook for the successful and innovative ways he using the platform, plus he is a Google accredited Digital Marketer.


Vacancy Desk

If you are looking for work, why not take a look and see what Solihull Council has to offer.

They have a variety of roles working across a range of Council services which include schools across the borough and Solihull Community Housing. Opportunities are also available for Apprenticeships.

Further information on their current vacancies can be found here - https://www.wmjobs.co.uk/employer/1303/solihull-metropolitan-borough-council/




Thrive At Work Programme - a free structured accreditation programme that supports employee health and wellbeing


Amazon Small Business Accelerator - a free, online educational programme for anyone who wants to start a new online business or grow an existing one


Free online courses through Google Digital Garage - discover a range of free learning content designed to help your business or in your career


Wide range of free online courses with OpenLearn - free learning from The Open University


'West Midlands Youth Platform' - signposting young people to employment and skill support available in the West Midlands


How to get promoted when working from home - BBC