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Getting back into work

What can I learn?

In these times of austerity, many of our learners are looking to get back into work, or change their career.  Whether you have been unemployed for some time, or have recently lost your job, we could help you in a variety of ways, whether it be through advice, practical help, access to short industry recognised qualifications or the development of your skills such as job search and preparation for interview.

You may wish to retrain, or try one of our new work preparation courses in business admin, retail, leisure and tourism, advertising and media, health and social care and the renewables industry. 

Some of the courses that could improve your skills and qualifications and help point you in the right direction to changing your life can be seen below.  We offer courses that run at different times throughout the academic year so please contact us at any time if you need some advice.  Some of the courses we have available in 2014/15 include:

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are the best way to train or retrain for the career you want.  Please visit our apprenticeships page for more information.

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Computer Skills

  • Computers Workshop for Beginners - start with internet and email for beginners and move on to word processing, desktop publishing, presentation software or spreadsheets.  Join at any point in the year.  Course price is for eight two hour sessions to be agreed with your tutor.
  • Computer Drop-in - four free sessions to get you started using a computer, or help and support applying for jobs if you need it.  These courses are free to learners on our courses to support their research, portfolio building, or other assessments.
  • Computer Workshop Accredited - courses on offer include Start IT, an entry level qualification, IT qualifications at level 1, e-safety, computer and online basics, ECDL Essentials, ECDL Extra and ECDL Advanced.  If you have existing skills and wish to Fast Track ECDL levels then, subject to initial assessment, this option is also available.  Course length and fee will vary.  E-learning is also available on this course.  Please note, ECDL Advanced is a Level 3 qualification - please see our 24+ Advanced Learning Loans web page for more information on these qualifications.
  • Online Basics and E-Safety - a short course designed to cover the essentials of using your computer and going online as well as ensuring your know how to protect yourself and your family online.  This will include setting parental controls, password security and protection from viruses.  Join at any point in the year.  Course price is for six two hour sessions to be agreed with your tutor  

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English/Maths support

  • Maths and English Beginners Workshop - do you feel you need to learn the basics of maths and/or English to help you get on in life?  We will create a programme for your individual needs that can help you to develop your skills in a relaxed and friendly environment.  Work at your own pace in small groups and, if you wish, gain a free qualification at an appropriate level.

  • Maths and English Initial Assessment Day - this one day assessment will evaluate your maths and English skills prior to you enrolling on an accredited course.

  • Maths and English for Life and Work Initial Assessment - the first week consists of an initial assessment of your maths and English skills.  You will then progress to the introductory programme for a further four weeks.  During this time you will receive information, advice and guidance regarding qualifications needed and complete an English or Maths Award (EMA).  You will then have the opportunity to progress to work towards free maths or English awards or functional skills up to Level 2.   

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Healthy Living and Early Years

  • Counselling Skills and Mental Health Awareness Level 1 -  appropriate for a wide range of people with an interest in raising their own understanding of mental health issues.  It may also be particularly useful for those working within the voluntary and community sector.  
  • Counselling Skills Level 2 Certificate - investigate the knowledge and skills needed to use counselling skills to engage in a "helping interaction" appropriately.  It is a useful progression route for those interested in furthering their study or widening their work role.  Please note, you will be required to attend for three Saturdays to practise skills.
  • Counselling Skills Level 3 Diploma - enhance your functional role through the use of counselling skills.  It is a useful progression route towards a range of qualifications e.g. counselling, advice and guidance or workplace mentoring.  Please note you will be required to attend for 6 Saturdays to practise skills.  Learners must have completed the Counselling Skills Level 2 Certificate prior to enrolling on this course.  This is a Level 3 qualification so please see our 24+ Advanced Learning Loans web page for more information on this qualification.
  • Counselling - BTEC Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling - a work related qualification that covers the key knowledge, understanding and practical skills required in counselling.  Learners must have access to 100 hours client work experience, either paid or volunteer.  Topics include comparative counselling theories and approaches, human development in relation to counselling and specialist approaches to counselling.  The course runs two nights per week over two years.  Please note, this is a Higher Education course and therefore you are not eligible for a concession.  

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School Support and Teaching 

  • Certificate in Education and Training Level 4 Introduction - learners must attend this introduction course before they can progress to the certificate level 4 course.  You will learn more about the certificate course programme, undertake initial assessment in English, maths and ICT and receive information, advice and guidance about your options.  We will discuss your 30 hours teaching/training practice requirements for the certificate course.

  • Certificate in Education and Training Level 4 - learners must complete the 6 week introductory course before progressing to this course.  This is a first stage "in service" teaching qualification designed for those working or wishing to work as teachers/trainers.  You must have access to 30 hours of teaching/training practice in any adult learning environment.  On completion of this qualification you will have a fundamental understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a teacher/trainer in relation to legislation, equality, diversity, inclusivity and meeting the needs of learners.  You will be able to use initial and diagnostic assessments, plan and deliver inclusive teaching, training and learning, assess learning and use appropriate resources to support effective learning.  Please note, this is a level 4 qualification so please see our 24+ Advanced Learning Loans page for more information

  • Certificate in Managing Learning Introduction - learners must attend this introduction course before they can progress to the certificate level 4 course.  You will learn more about the certificate course programme, undertake initial assessment in English, maths and ICT and receive information, advice and guidance about your options.  We will discuss your work placement requirements for the certificate course.
  • Certificate in Managing Learning - this qualification is for people involved in the delivery of learning to learners in the workplace, including tutors, trainers and assessors. The qualification will provide people who carry out learning and development roles in their organisation with the opportunity to develop and improve their practice and achieve a professional qualification.  This course is suitable for people working in accredited and non-accredited learning.  You will identify organisation learning needs, develop learning and development programmes, manage learning and development in groups, evaluate and improve learning and development provision.  Please note, this is a level 4 qualification so please see our 24+ Advanced Learning Loans page for more information.
  • Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Introduction - learners must attend this six week course before they can progress to the Certificate level 2 course.  You will learn more about the certificate programme, undertake initial assessment in English and receive information, advice and guidance about your options.  We will discuss your work/volunteer placements for the certificate course.  You will need an enhanced disclosure DBS check before you can progress to the certificate level 2course.

  • Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 2 - this course is for volunteers and newly appointed Teaching Assistants.  Learners need to spend at least 10 hours per week working in the classroom.  Learners must have previously attended the 6 week introduction course.  If this has not been attended, please contact the learning centre to discuss when and where the next introductory course will take place.  Learners need ICT skills and a good level of written English skills.

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If there is a course you would like that we do not currently offer, please contact your local adult education centre to discuss your requirements.

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Where can I learn?

There are seven main adult education centres around the East Riding of Yorkshire and many of our courses are taught in these centres.  Throughout the year we also use over 100 additional external venues for courses so there should usually be a venue close to you that will have something run by the adult education service.  For more information on the venues, please see the Venue Details page.

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How much do courses cost?

Course costs vary, depending on the duration and type of course, and your personal circumstances (for example, if you’re on certain benefits or you’re taking a particular qualification).  For more information on course types, concessions and paying by instalments, please see our How much it costs page.

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How do I find and book on an adult education course?

Please use our interactive course finder where you can search for courses by title, subject or location.  Please note, you will be able to enrol on all our 2014/15 courses from 21 July 2014 onwards. 

If you do not want to book online, you can also contact your nearest adult education centre where our friendly staff will be happy to give you more information about courses that interest you.   Please see the How to Enrol page for more information on the alternative ways to book your course.

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