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We offer a range of free* courses providing different pathways for those who are seeking employment and are claiming certain benefits.  

We are committed to offering up-skilling or retraining and offer careers advice to those who are looking to gain a new skill or national qualification.

Our programmes include


  • Business and customer awareness
  • Online job applications
  • CV writing
  • Effective team working
  • Communication skills
  • Customer service
  • Job searching
  • Interview techniques
  • Independent advice and guidance.

The following pathways are currently available


Construction

  • Study for CSCS card
  • Level 1 health and safety in a construction environment.

Customer service skills

  • Level 2 food safety in catering
  • Level 2 health and safety in the workplace

All courses run subject to sufficient demand and it is recommended that interview places are booked as soon as possible either by telephone or in person. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Initial appointments are held at Swindon Jobcentre or Swindon College.

Call (01793) 498 404, or email businessfirst@swindon.ac.uk or seek advice from your Jobcentre Plus advisor.

* Terms and conditions apply – evidence of benefit is required from Jobcentre Plus.

 

Swindon College – Courses to Help you Gain a New Skill!

Courses designed to support young people aged 16-24 enter the world of work.

We would love to meet any young people aged 16-24 looking to Gain a New Skill to get a job, a Traineeship or an Apprenticeship! 


The Gain a New Skill programme offers:

  • Employability Skills 
  • Preparing for interviews 
  • Teamwork Skills 
  • Health and Safety, particularly for Construction
  • Opportunity to study for and gain a CSCS Card
  • Careers Advice and Guidance
  • Functional Skills support for ICT, maths and English 
  • Variety of ICT skills and exam preparation 
  • Progress in to work, traineeships, apprenticeships or further training


Contact: Sonia: Tel: 01793 498404 or email: esf@swindon.ac.uk


Additional courses are available for young people aged 16 - 18 who:

  • Are struggling at College and want to achieve better attendance on their current course so they can complete and pass
  • Get more skills for employment
  • Start an Apprenticeship but need help, support and more skills to do so.

    If you are aged 18 - 24 and claiming benefits, please speak to your Work Coach at the Jobcentre.  They can often provide travel costs or cover childcare costs when you attend the course.

    These programmes are jointly funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and the European Union Social Fund (ESF).