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We are committed to offering up-skilling or retraining to all those who have been affected by the economic climate. We also offer careers advice to those who are looking to gain a new skill or national qualification.

A range of free* courses providing different pathways are on offer to those who are seeking work and claiming certain benefits.

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


Business and administration skills

  • Communication skills
  • Customer service.

Construction

  • Skills in bricklaying, carpentry, plastering or tiling
  • 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
  • Emergency first aid at work.

Warehousing and logistics

  • Working safely and effectively in a warehousing environment
  • Manual handling
  • 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, then option 1, 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.