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Career and workskills

If you would like to change your career, return to work or get new opportunities for personal development and progression, we have a range of courses to help you achieve your goals. 

We have lots to offer, from improving your IT skills or confidence to getting a qualification.

We also have online courses which you can do from the comfort of your own home.

You'll need an initial assessment with our information, advice and guidance team before you enrol on these courses. 

Phone 01634 338 400 to book your assessment. 

If you apply for a course online we'll contact you to arrange an assessment. 

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Career and workskills courses

Introduction to supporting children to learn

This course will show you how you can support children to learn.

You may be looking to support children in your family with their homework or you're interested in working in schools as a teaching assistant.

You'll begin to explore the best ways to provide support and encourage them to learn.

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Teaching assistants

These courses will help you gain the skills and knowledge you need to train as a teaching assistant.

The units in the qualifications are designed to support the needs of children learning in schools.

We have courses from introductory level to level 3. Perfect if you're exploring a new career or would like to develop your current knowledge.

These include short introductory courses such as:

  • 'introduction to supporting children to learn'
  • 'introduction to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults'.

For more advanced levels there is also 'supporting teaching and learning in schools'.

You can get more guidance at the pre-course consultation.

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Early Years Education

The Level 2 Early Years Practitioner qualification provides learners with the skills and knowledge needed to work with babies and children under the age of 5 in childcare settings such as nurseries and childminding.

You must be working in a paid or unpaid job with children under the age of 5 years old in a childcare setting to do this course.

Enrol on early years courses

Preparing to work in adult social care

Our Introduction to dementia awareness course is designed to suit those with an interest in dementia as well as people who are seeking work in the adult care industry.

Learners will explore concepts including:

  • factors that affect communication
  • the person-centred approach to caring
  • ways of working to meet the diverse needs of individuals.

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Social care

Social care courses provide a route into many different job roles in a diverse sector.

A career in this area can be very rewarding.

Our 'Level 1 award in caring for children' and 'Level 1 award in preparing to work in adult social care' courses give you an opportunity to find out more about the sector and what type of role and area of adult social care you might like to work in.

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Community interpreting

We live in a diverse community and some members struggle to communicate in English. This may mean they are isolated or have difficulty in getting services.

If you speak another language, you could become an interpreter.

During our Level 1 community interpreting, learners will develop the skills required to help others with limited spoken English in everyday situations including:

  • housing
  • healthcare
  • public services.

Our courses are aimed at learners who have an interest in the role of a community interpreter and have high levels of English and another language.

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British Sign Language

Learn a new skill and make new friends in this fun and engaging set of courses.

You will play games and sing songs as well as develop an understanding of the history behind some signs.

Our introduction to deaf awareness and British Sign Language will enable you to develop the skills to use basic British Sign Language skills to communicate.

Our using British Sign Language to hold simple conversations course will improve your communication skills and deaf awareness.

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Business administration

Our Level 1 award in business administration will give you with the essential skills needed for a range of jobs that involve business administration.

This industry recognised qualification will provide you with the professional tools and knowledge to help you progress.

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Bookkeeping and accounts

Discover and improve your basic bookkeeping skills and boost your confidence with numbers.

Take our introduction to bookkeeping to develop the skills to progress to our Level 1 and 2 award in bookkeeping and accounts.

By the end of both courses you will have the skills to maintain and reconcile petty cash, process ledger accounts and extract a trial balance.

Both courses are excellent for anyone who is interested in bookkeeping or who is looking to broaden their skills to improve their job prospects.

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Public speaking

If giving a speech at a big event, such as a wedding or conference, fills you with dread, then our introduction to public speaking one day course could be exactly what you need.

It's designed to assist you in engaging your audience, use strategies to address your nerves and develop skills in verbal and non-verbal communication to captivate and influence your audience.

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Mental health awareness

The aim of this course is to develop awareness of the issues surrounding mental health difficulties.

During our Level 1 award in mental health awareness you'll explore some of the myths and misconceptions frequently linked to mental health issues. You'll develop your knowledge of the rights of people with mental health issues and where appropriate support can be sought.

To further develop your skills, our Level 3 certificate in understanding mental health will increase your knowledge and understanding of mental health and mental wellbeing.

It focuses on the subject of mental health and wellbeing to support different occupational areas.

Successful completion of the required units will allow you to develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of mental health. It will also support progression into relevant employment within the health and social care sector.

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If you want to become a counsellor, we have a wide range of qualifications to support your journey.

Our introduction to counselling and introduction to skills for counselling can help lay the foundations to progress to a Level 1 award in mentoring.

Level 2 courses include award in effective listening skills and certificate in counselling skills form the foundations of professional counselling practice, as well as providing the essential listening and communication skills used by helping professionals.

The Level 2 qualification is essential for anyone wanting to take the certificate in counselling or life coaching at Level 3.

These CPCAB qualifications are highly regarded in the industry. All learners must complete pre-course assessments prior to enrolment.

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Life coaching

The aim of life coaching is to help clients to understand what they want, the skills they need and how they can develop.

As a life coach, you will support people in making these initial steps, setting them on their way to a more fulfilling working life.

Following on from the skills developed from our counselling courses, or if you have already developed those skills, start with our Level 3 certificate in life coaching for those who would like to take the first step in training to be an independent life coach and to use life coaching skills and techniques in a variety of settings and roles.

Further development opportunities are available by studying our Level 4 diploma in life coaching. This course is designed to equip learners to work as self-employed life coaches in independent practices.

Enrol on a life coaching course

Free e-learning vocational courses

We have some fantastic e-learning courses where you can study at home or at work at a time that suits you and get a qualification too.

These are just some of the benefits of an e-learning course:

  • get a Level 1 or Level 2 nationally recognised qualification
  • build your knowledge and skills
  • learn at a pace that suits you and your commitments
  • start at any time during the year and finish your qualification within 3 months
  • enhance your CV.

If you are furloughed, looking for work or a promotion, considering a career change or looking to learn something new we have lots of courses to choose from that could meet your needs.

The qualifications listed on our e-learning suite are transferable and can be used in lots of different job roles.

See some of our popular courses below:

  • Level 1 Award in Employability Skills

  • Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Cyber Security

  • Level 2 Certificate in Cleaning Principles

  • Level 2 Certificate in Creating a Business Start-Up

  • Level 2 Certificate in Lean Organisation Management Techniques

  • Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Team Leading

  • Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Warehousing and Storage

  • Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Excellence in Customer Service for Hospitality

  • Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Climate Change and Environmental Awareness

  • Level 2 Certificate in Falls Prevention Awareness

  • Level 2 Certificate in Information, Advice and Guidance

  • Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of End of Life Care.

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