Skills for unemployed

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Skills Support for the Unemployed is funded through the European Social Fund in conjunction with the Skills Funding Agency

What is Skills Support for the Unemployed?

Skills Support for the Unemployed is short vocationally based training to help you gain skills that will be useful in employment. Courses are between 10 and 15 hours per week over a four to five week period. You would learn new skills in areas such as business administration, customer care, child care, warehousing, call centre operations, care or retail. To be eligible you must be unemployed, in receipt of a state benefit such as JSA or ESA and be committed to completing the course.

How does the course work?

The courses are tutor led and are a mixture of theory and practice. You would work in a group of up to 15 learners and do a mixture of group work, one to one training and elearning. Part of the course will lead to a unit of a qualification. This could be in the vocational area you have chosen, in IT or in Preparing for Working Life. The rest of the course will be geared towards your chosen job area and helping you get ready for the next step, finding a job.

What help will I get in finding a job?

We have expert Employment Coaches who will support you in finding a job during and after the course. Your Employment Coach will meet you while you are on the course and will advise you on the best way to reach your job goal. We will also be able to help you access training such as NVQs or Apprenticeships when you start work.

What if I need more help?

You may decide that you need more help in Maths, English to IT before or during the time you are with us as these are essential skills in the workplace. We can help with this though our Learndirect centres and will be able to suggest the best course of action for you.

I’m interested. What do I do now?

Ring your nearest centre and register your interest. We will contact you to discuss your options


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Last Updated:

 Tuesday, 07 August 2018 17:40