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Free courses for job seekers

If you are currently unemployed and looking for work, our employability courses could help you to develop your skills, gain new qualifications. They also provide support with finding employment and using job boards, CV/job applications and interview techniques.

Course List

  • Introduction to Accounting

    This practical course is designed to equip learners with broad but focused finance skills that cover key areas of working within a business environment, including fundamental finance and accounting skills alongside developing professional business skills. Topics include creating accounts using computerised accounts software, understanding how to use batch control sheets, processing accounting information and more.

    Upon completion of this course, you could progress onto the Level 2 qualification, gain employment or study for an apprenticeship.

    Qualifications:

    • Level 1 Access Award in Computerised Accounting:
    • Level 1 Award in Bookkeeping
    • Level 1 Award in Employability Skills

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  • IT for Beginners

    This is a computer course designed for beginners who have no prior knowledge of using a computer, or for those who have experimented a little but need more confidence.

    By the end of the course, users will have gained competent knowledge in the use of computers and you could acquire the confidence needed to apply for any work which requires the use of IT. Additional support will be given to help set up an email address and understand how to use the internet to assist in finding suitable jobs.

    Qualifications:

    • Entry 3 Award in IT Skills

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  • Intermediate IT

    This is a computer training programme designed for users who have some experience of using Microsoft Word and Excel and wish to explore the software further to refresh or upgrade current computer skills. You will develop a range of skills such as using margins, headers, footers, graphics and tables, creating formulae to create and amend spreadsheets, and converting spreadsheets into charts and graphs.

    Upon completion of this course, you could progress onto the Level 2 qualification, gain employment or study for an apprenticeship.

    Qualifications:

    • Level 1 Award in IT User Skills

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  • Pre-Entry ESOL
  • Introduction to Business Administration & Office Skills

    This course is designed to provide learners with the essential skills and knowledge to work within a business administration role.

    It provides an introduction in a range of subjects in the administration sector such as office administrator skills, using email/spreadsheet software and arranging meetings/travel. Learners also have the opportunity to develop core skills in areas such as teamwork and customer service

    Upon completion of this course, you could progress onto the Level 2 qualification, gain employment or study for an apprenticeship.

    Qualifications:

    • Level 1 Award in Business Administration
    • Level 1 Award in Employability Skills

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  • Teaching Assistant Programme

    This course offers an introduction to the information and knowledge needed to work in primary, secondary or supported learning schools.

    It covers a variety of roles that support staff may fulfil, including administrative roles, site support roles, technical roles and volunteers, as well as those roles that work directly with children and young people in the school environment.

    Completing this course could enable learners can apply for a range of job roles within the education sector such as schools, colleges or training providers.

    Qualifications:

    • NCFE Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools & Colleges
    • Level 1 Award in Employability Skills

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  • Civil Service - Sector-based Work Academy Training (SWAT)

    This programme is delivered in partnership with Jobcentre Plus (JCP) and has been designed to support those looking to secure jobs in the Civil Service.

    Training includes creating a Civil Service jobs account, searching for vacancies, understanding the job description, and competing practice psychometric, verbal reasoning and situational judgement tests.

    Qualifications:

    • Level 1 Certificate in Customer Services
    • Level 1 Certificate in Personal Development

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  • Guys & St Thomas’s Hospital - Sector–based Work Academy Programme

    This programme is delivered in partnership with Guys and St Thomas Hospital and has been designed to support those looking to secure jobs in the Health and Social Care sector.

    You will study a range of sector-specific units including; Introduction to the Health & Social Care Sector, Introduction to the Values and Principles of Guys & Thomas’s Hospital, Awareness of Roles and Responsibilities of the working within the sector and more.

    You will develop a range of employability skills whilst building confidence, enhancing your CV and understanding the application process by undertaking mock interviews and practice tests.

    Qualifications:

    • Level 1 Award in Preparing to Work in Health & Social Care
    • Level 2 Award in Understanding Infection Prevention & Control
    • Level 2 Equality & Diversity

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  • Digital Maths Programme

    This course is designed to build learners’ confidence and support their progression towards gaining the minimum necessary requirements in Maths and IT to undertake an apprenticeship, move into employment or progress onto further study.

    You will learn how to understand practical maths problems in familiar contexts and situations, develop strategies to solve problems, use fractions and become more efficient in using IT applications and processes.

    Qualifications:

    • Entry 3 Functional Skills in Maths
    • Entry 3 Award in IT Skills

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  • ESOL for Digital/IT

    This course aims to provide learners with the functional skills they need to improve their English skills and make it easier for them gain employment or progress onto the Level 1 qualification.

    You will develop your skills within speaking, listening, reading, writing, vocabulary, grammar and IT. You will also develop key employability skills through job searching, interview practice and job application and CV writing workshops.

    Qualifications:

    • Pre-Entry ESOL (Non-Regulated)
    • Entry 3 Award in IT Skills

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  • Introduction to Creative Media

    The course aims to inspire learners to consider a career in creative digital media, providing a broad understanding of the sector. Topics covered include digital media sectors and audiences, planning and pitching a product, and moving image, audio, website and digital games production.

    Completing this course could equip learners with the essential skills and knowledge to progress onto further study or apply for entry-level roles in the creative digital media sector.

    Qualifications:

    • BTEC Level 1 First Award in Creative Digital Media Production

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  • Entry 2 ESOL
  • Entry 3 ESOL
  • Time4Change

    This course is designed to prepare you for employment by providing you with a range of skills required for the workplace whilst improving your confidence and communication. Topics include setting job goals and understanding personal motivation, understanding different business cultures, promoting yourself, job application skills and more.

    Upon completion of this course, you could progress onto further study, gain employment or study for an apprenticeship.

    Qualifications:

    • Level 1 Certificate in Customer Services
    • Level 1 Award in Employability Skills

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You will benefit from:

  • Having access to a tutor or assessor 
  • 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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