Sandwell College is offering hundreds of free* courses to support the local community back into employment.
We have put together a full package of programmes for you to gain the qualifications employers are looking for.

Specialist courses leading to qualifications and aimed at specific career skillsets from teaching, interpreting and healthcare to leadership and advice and guidance, will start in August. Business Administration, English, Maths, Care To Make A Difference and Fresh Start for IT (Computers for the Terrified) are also on offer as an opportunity for people to retrain or restart their career.

Head of Adult Skills, Marie Mathews, said: “We have put together a unique package of bespoke programmes for people claiming Universal Credit, and helping them through this tough time to upskill, reskill and restart their careers. There has never been a greater need to support our local community to get back into employment than now. People feeling daunted about what to do next in their careers can turn to us for support.”

• The Community Interpreter course is a blend of taught sessions and online assessment with tutor support for bilingual people, particularly those who work in a community setting such as schools, medical centres, prisons, solicitors, the Department for Work and Pensions or the NHS.
• The Education & Training Certificate is for anyone interested in gaining their initial teaching qualification plus safeguarding and equality and diversity qualifications.
• The E-learning Health and Social Care Programme offers a path to working in the NHS or becoming a domiciliary care worker, health assistant, porter, cleaner or volunteer. Completion of this course can lead to the 4-week Care To Make A Difference course.

Tutors are also running workshops to develop Interview Skills, Producing a CV, Searching for a Job, Communication Skills, Giving a Good Impression, Positive Behaviours and Attitudes.
First Aid qualifications are available for a cost to people who need to upskill, including the First Aid at Work Certificate (£150 per person) and Re-qualification (£100 per person) for low or high hazard workplaces. Emergency First Aid at Work includes prebooked practical assessments in college with the tutor and qualifies you to be an emergency first aider in a low hazard workplace. The qualification lasts three years and costs £50 per person.
The ILM Certificate in Leadership and Team Skills is for people already in employment who want to be great managers with the qualification to match, or are seeking promotion or retraining for a new job. Courses are funded for those who have a West Midlands postcode.

A series of assessment and enrolment days will take place from 7th July to enable people to sign up for courses. For more information on how to book your assessment slot call Tracey Armstrong on 07966 138469 or Samantha Richardson on 07538 429689.

For more information on specific courses call 0121 667 5027 or see our dedicated page.

*To be eligible for these courses you need to be unemployed and claiming benefit such as Universal Credit.

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