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Free courses for job seekers

If you are currently unemployed and looking for work, our employability courses help you to develop your skills, gain new qualifications and boost your CV.

Each course is an online or workbook-based qualification accredited by a national recognised body. They are usually Level 2 qualifications and following an initial induction, completed within 6-8 weeks with support from a tutor or assessor virtually or by email/telephone throughout the programme.

All our courses provide support to help you gain employment, including CV/job applications and interview techniques.

Course List

  • Business Administration

    This course is ideal for anyone who is new to administration or who is returning to work and would like to increase their employment potential by learning the techniques and skills required in business administration.

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  • Customer Service

    This course will provide you with additional skills to support you in any role that involves customer service. This qualification will provide you with the knowledge and understanding for how to successfully engage customers on a daily basis in a variety of settings and is suitable for those who are new to customer service as well as those who wish to improve their career prospects within the sector.

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  • Support Work in Schools

    This qualification is an introduction to the knowledge and skills needed to work in a support role in primary, secondary or supported learning schools. It covers the many varied roles that full-time and part-time support staff may fulfil, including administration, site support, technicians and volunteers, as well as those roles that work directly with children and young people in the school environment.

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  • Preparing to Work in Adult Care

    This is an introductory course for individuals interested in working with vulnerable adults. This includes the roles and responsibilities of the adult care worker, supporting you to develop the skills needed to enter the sector or improve your career.

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  • Intermediate IT Level 1

    A computer training programme course designed for users who want to improve their skills when using IT, including Microsoft packages such as Word and Excel. This qualification support those who are looking for jobs that require a certain level of proficiency or who need to gain a higher understanding of text-based documents and spreadsheets to improve at work.

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  • Functional Skills English and Maths

    Functional Skills are practical qualifications in English and Maths that enable you to work confidently, effectively and independently in life. These qualifications are designed to build confidence and support your progression towards gaining the minimum requirements in English and Maths necessary for taking a higher level qualification or successfully moving on to an apprenticeship or employment.

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  • CSCS and Skills for Work

    This Health and Safety Level 1 Award is for learners who want to work in construction. Upon successful completion you could progress to the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) Health, Safety and Environment test in order to work towards obtaining the Green Labourer Card.

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You will benefit from:

  • Studying at home and around other family, work or other commitments
  • Have access to a tutor or assessor virtually or by email/telephone
  • Gaining additional skills and qualifications needed in the workplace
  • Developing knowledge to further your professional career
  • Learning at your own pace

Study for free

These courses are fully funded for those who live in England, are aged 19 and over on 31 August and meet the following criteria:

  • Not currently in full-time education
  • Had permanent lawful residency in the UK/EU for the last three consecutive years
  • Not previously completed any part of the requested qualifications and/or similar qualifications
  • Currently in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance or Universal Credit.

All courses are subject to availability, eligibility and accessibility needs. You will not be guaranteed a place on a course until you have fully enrolled and received your Learning Agreement.

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Coronavirus update

Southwark College is closely monitoring all communications and guidance as it becomes available. This information is for students and staff and reflects updates from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Public Health England (PHE). We are prepared to escalate our contingency arrangements in the event of change.

The government is monitoring the situation closely and will continue to work with the WHO and international community. For staff and students, it remains business as usual across our sites and our workplaces.

Please note that, at present, this advice refers only to arrivals from Wuhan, and not the remainder of China. If you have returned from Wuhan you should:

General guidance for those planning visits to Wuhan or other destinations in China

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) maintains updated travel advice for those planning a trip to Wuhan or other destinations in China. This is available at:

www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/china

Note

This advice is derived from The Department of Health and Social Care will be publishing updated data on a daily basis at 2pm until further notice:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public#situation-in-the-uk

Supplementary Q&A for individuals wishing to know more around how the UK is managing the risk:

https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/