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Bright Direction Training delivers skills training to help drive the Commonwealth Games

Bright Direction Training are delighted to be chosen as a training provider by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), giving local people the skills and training they need to help fill the thousands of jobs the forthcoming Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games are expected to generate.

The WMCA has made £1m funding available for technical skills development, helping local people to gain new skills in digital marketing, event management, hospitality, team leading and sports coaching.

The WMCA is funding the training as part of the Commonwealth Jobs and Skills Academy, which is accelerating and amplify plans to improve regional skills and employment opportunities through the Games, with a particular focus on supporting young people and unemployed adults.

One of Bright Direction Training’s recent learners, Dan Bradley, from Solihull, is a graduate in Business and Marketing, but unfortunately, he couldn’t find any work because of the pandemic.  He has always been a keen gym goer and gained a Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training after completing a course with Bright Direction Training, funded by the WMCA.  As a result, Dan has started a new career as a self-employed personal trainer.

Dan said: “I couldn’t believe I was getting training of this quality for free – I researched similar courses costing £3,000 upwards, which I couldn’t afford. I’ve become an online coach, focusing on mental and physical health during lockdown. It’s been a complete success and I can’t thank everyone enough, it really is a dream come true.”

Free training opportunities, leading to Level 2 or Level 3 qualifications, are available for local adults through chosen training providers; Bright Direction Training is offering training in business management, retail and commercial enterprise, and tourism.

Jamie MacGregor, Managing Director of Bright Direction Training, said:

“We are thrilled to be one of the training providers helping to play a key role in ensuring local people right across the West Midland have the skills and training they need to make the most of the huge variety of opportunities that the Commonwealth Games will bring.  We pride ourselves on wanting to make a difference to people’s lives and this is a fantastic opportunity to help support people back on their chosen career path after what’s been a hugely challenging 12 months.”

Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands and chair of the WMCA added:

“The impact of the coronavirus pandemic means it’s more important than ever that local people are able to benefit from the event by gaining new jobs and skills. We know that sadly thousands of people have lost their jobs or are feeling uncertain about their future, and the Commonwealth Games offers thousands of opportunities to retrain to start a new career.

“I would encourage everyone to look at the training we are making available and think about what role they would like to play not just for the Commonwealth Games, but in shaping our region for the future.”

Anyone aged 19 or over who lives in the WMCA area is eligible to apply for the free training.

For more information visit or call Bright Direction Training today on 01204 859859.

Bright Direction Training Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary!

On the 22nd December 2020 Bright Direction Training (BDT), reaches a major milestone, celebrating our 10-year anniversary!

BDT is a proud Bolton-based business, supporting the local community where possible.  Over the past 10 years, we have provided a portfolio of courses to give everybody the best possible chance of being everything they can be in their chosen profession.   Whether that’s as a manager equipped with the latest leadership qualification, or a job seeker determined to make their own way in full-time employment – our Managing Director, Jamie MacGregor, was focused on making it happen.

2020 marks 10 years since Jamie set up Bright Direction Training in a small basement with a goal of providing a range of training courses for everyone, regardless of their background or education level.  Jamie’s built a company that prides itself in values upheld from day one.

“Honesty of purpose. That’s my main focus. I want to deliver that in everything we do. Not just going through the motions – but making a difference to people’s lives.”
Jamie MacGregor, Managing Director

Although 2020 has been a tough year for us all, BDT has adapted to provide more online-courses than ever before and has worked tirelessly to ensure minimum disruption to the learner experience, offering a portfolio of courses that help support learners into new careers and expand their skill set with an aim to support their pathway into their chosen employment.

Jamie’s worked extremely hard to continue the family feel within the business, building a team who share in his values; many of whom have been working with him since the early years of BDT.  2021 is already set to be an exciting year for BDT, with a view to recruiting more staff throughout the year to enable us to continue to support as many learners as possible.

A massive thank you to all our fantastic customers and learners over the past 10 years. We couldn’t have hit the big 10 without you and we look forward to working with you for the next 10 years and more!


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