RESIDENTS are being urged to join an event to help them learn about job, training and volunteering opportunities being created by the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

A webinar is being held this Thursday May 20, by the West Midlands Combined Authority to highlight new openings coming about because of the Games.

It will include information on free training funded by the authority for up to 1,500 people to learn new skills to help secure jobs both before and during the sporting showpiece.

Courses include event management, digital marketing, hospitality, sports coaching and team leading.

Andy Street, West Midlands mayor, said: “One of the main reasons I was so determined to help secure the 2022 Commonwealth Games for the region was the employment opportunities it would create across the West Midlands.

“The pandemic has hit our workers incredibly hard, so we must use our big wins like the Games to realise my plan of creating 100,000 jobs in just two years.

“The Games and its legacy in the years that follow could create up to 35,000 jobs, and the impact of coronavirus means it’s more important than ever local people are able to secure these jobs.”

The webinar runs from 1pm to 2.30pm and is free.

To register to join, visit career.