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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.  Across the East Riding the Adult Education Service have continued to introduce and develop Work Skills Clubs in partnership with JobCentre Plus to provide skills improvement and employability support to the unemployed.  In fact many of our courses provide learners with the vital skills and self-confidence needed to be work ready or to make that career change they may be thinking about. 

We have a number of courses, over a variety of subjects, that could improve your skills and qualifications and help point you in the right direction to changing your life.  We offer courses that run at different times throughout the academic year.  Some of the courses we have available in 2013/14 include:

 

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeship training programmes are available for young people and adults.  These frameworks will provide off the job training, on the job assessment and a range of accredited qualifications for those looking to work in a particular sector or for those adults looking to progress within their chosen careers.  We have Apprenticeships on offer in several areas, including:

  • Business and Administration - an Intermediate Apprenticeship suitable for anyone working in an Administration role whereas the Advanced Apprenticeship is suitable for experienced administrators.

  • Customer Service - an Intermediate Apprenticeship suitable for anyone working in a customer service role or if their role is to provide a service to customers.  Advanced Apprenticeship is for experienced customer service staff.

  • Horticulture - suitable for those working in businesses producing fruit, vegetables, protected crops, plants, flowers and bulbs, nursery stock and trees.

  • Internet, Web and Telecoms - suitable for anyone working in a supervised technical ICT role.  Provides the skills, knowledge and competence required to become an IT, Software, Web or Telecom professional.

  • Licensed Hospitality - suitable for those working behind a bar or in customer facing roles in the bar area in licensed hospitality premises, such as public houses, hotels, restaurants, nightclubs and licensed clubs.

  • Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools - suitable for those wanting to provide support in the classroom.  Working with teachers to carry out duties on lesson preparation and working with small groups or individuals, thereby allowing the teacher to concentrate on teaching.

  • Team Leading - suitable for those responsible for supervising staff in an operational role.  Management Apprenticeship suitable for those managing staff.

We also offer a number of Pre-Apprenticeship courses if you are not already working in paid employment - Hospitality Industry Introductory Level 1 Award; Horticulture Award Level 1 Introduction; Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 2; Preparing to Support Learning Level 2. 

Please contact the Cottingham Adult Education centre and ask to speak to Sue Pylee for more information on Apprenticeships.

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Computer Skills

  • Computers Workshop for Beginners: enrolment to this course is ongoing therefore you can join at any point in the year, providing there is a space available.  Following your free, no obligation, introductory week you will agree your course of study with the tutor.  Courses on offer will include Computers for Beginners and Internet and Email for Beginners.  All courses will run over ten sessions for two hours per session.  Fees will be advised during your free introductory week.
  • Computer Drop-in Session: Booking is advisable to ensure that a computer is available for you.  Our qualified tutors are on hand to provide help and support to get you started and will also provide a free assessment of your computer skills along with information, advice and guidance about a range of further courses designed to build your confidence in using a computer.  You are entitled to attend for up to four sessions free of charge and will then have the opportunity to progress on to further computer courses.
  • Computers and Online Basics: a short course designed to cover the essentials of using your computer and going online.  You will receive a certificate of achievement upon completion.
  • Computer Workshop Accredited: enrolment to this course is ongoing and you can join at any point in the year, providing there is a space available.  Following your free, no obligation, introductory week you will agree your course of study with the tutor.  Courses on offer will include Entry Level and Level 1 IT Awards, E-Safety, Computer and Online Basics, ECDL Essentials, ECDL Extra and ECDL Advanced.  For those having some existing skills and wishing to Fast Track ECDL levels then, subject to initial assessment, this option is also available.  Fees vary depending on level and course length.  This will be agreed during your free introductory session.  Please note, ECDL Advanced is a Level 3 qualification - please see our 24+ Advanced Learning Loans web page for more information on these qualifications.
  • Web Design Beginners Step 1: covering the basic skills required to design and produce a personal web page using web design software.  Existing basic computer skills necessary to be able to do this course.   

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English/Maths support

  • Maths and English for Life and Work Initial Assessment and Introduction - during your first week you will undertake an initial assessment of your maths and English skills.  You will then progress to the introductory programme for a further 4 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. 
  • Maths for Life and Work - support with all areas of numeracy to help you cope with everyday life at work or home.  Learn new skills or brush up on old ones.  Work at your own pace in small groups and gain a FREE qualification at an appropriate level.  
  • English for Life and Work - support with all areas of literacy to help you cope with everyday life at work or home.  Learn new skills or brush up on old ones.  Work at your own pace in small groups and gain a FREE qualification at an appropriate level.   

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Healthy Living and Early Years

  • Counselling Skills and Mental Health Awareness Introduction - during the introduction course you will find out more about counselling and mental health.  You will also undertake a skills assessment to allow us to create, with you, your individual learning plan.  Progression will be to Counselling and Mental Health Awareness Level 1.

  • 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.  Learners must have attended the introduction course first.  

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Hospitality and Catering

  • Food Safety in Catering Award - this two day course is aimed at all food handlers working within any sector of the food industry.  The areas covered include bacteria, food poisoning, contamination of food, pest control, personal hygiene and legislation.  Exam will be taken at the end of day two.

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School Support and Teaching 

  • Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Introduction - learners must attend this six week course before they can progress to the Certificate course.  During this introductory programme you will learn more about the full course programme, undertake initial assessment in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT and receive information, advice and guidance about your options.  We will also discuss the work/volunteer placements you will need and the Enhanced Disclosure CRB/DBS check that will be needed in order for you to progress further with this course.
  • Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 2 - this course is for volunteers/recently appointed Teaching Assistants.  Learners need to spend at least 10 hours in the classroom per week.  Learners must have previously attended the 6 week introduction course. 

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Work Skills and Personal Development

  • Work Skills Introductory Programme - designed to help you gain the skills needed for employment.  You will undertake a skills assessment and receive information, advice and guidance on careers and qualifications needed.  You will have the opportunity to progress to work towards FREE Maths and English and Employability and Personal Development qualifications or a variety of other qualifications that may help you in your search for suitable employment.
  • Work Skills Programme - designed to help you gain the skills needed for employment.  You will receive information, advice and guidance on careers and qualifications needed.  You will undertake a skills assessment and have the opportunity to work towards FREE Maths and English and Employability and Personal Development qualifications.

 

Courses for 2014/15 (starting September 2014) will be advertised from June 2014 onwards so please watch this space for further details.

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. 

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.

If you know what course you want to do but do not want to book online, please see the How to Enrol page for more information on the alternative ways to book your course. 

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