Skills for Life - Free Employability & Skills Courses
Develop the skills you need to participate fully in modern life, make progress at work and express yourself with confidence.
Whether you are a cleaner or a junior manager, office or construction worker, beginner or advanced level, our courses will help you develop the most in-demand workplace skills and at same time improve your general communication, English, ESOL, Data Literacy, Maths and Digital Skills. Our courses will also improve your skills and competences for life outside work from going to the doctors and filling out forms to talking about politics and discussing art.
Inside and outside work, in all types of jobs, at all levels, adults need to be problem-solvers, analysers, decision-makers, team-players, to see the bigger picture and be detail-oriented. Join our courses, online or face-to-face, and develop these universal essentials skills with our motivating, innovative and professional tutors.
Which course is right for me?
To make sure you book onto the right course, we'll ask you to do a pre-course assessment. A face to face assessment is best and we advise you to do this. If you can’t do a face to face assessment you can do it online.
- Online assessment - Choose a course from the list below and on the next page, click on ‘Start Assessment’.
- Or book a face-to-face assessment - call 020 8078 0482 or contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment.
For English, Maths and ESOL, face-to-face assessments take place every Wednesday evening between 6pm and 8pm and every Friday (from 21st April onwards) between 11am and 1pm.
For Digital skills (Computing) courses, face-to-face assessments take place every Friday (from 21st April onwards) between 11am and 1pm.
Most of our courses are FREE if you are on a low income or claiming benefits. You will also usually need to do a pre-course assessment. For more details contact email@example.com or click the links below.
- English communication skills - for life and work (level 1)Course start date: Mon 18 Sep 2023 (and 3 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetDo you want to improve your communication skills and become more confident speaking, listening, reading and writing English? This course will help you develop all your English language skills so you can act confidently in the most important everyday situations inside and outside work. You will become a skilled communicator when writing, using digital resources and in face-to-face interactions. You will develop your active listening skills so you can understand and empathise better. You will work on how to express yourself when speaking in different situations. You will practise your reading so you can see the whole picture and find details, make effective decisions about what you read, and prioritise matters. By the end of this three-term programme, you will be a competent speaker, listener, reader and writer both at work and home and ready to do exams such as Functional Skills Level 2.
Before this course, you need to do a pre-course assessment. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org / (telephone temporarily unavailable) or click the Start Assessment button on this page. Log on with your email address (not name). Use Chrome if possible.Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
- Maths functional skills level 2Course start date: Mon 19 Feb 2024 (and 2 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetDo you need to gain a national maths qualification to show you have a good level of mathematical competence? Functional Skills Level 2 Maths shows employers and others that your maths skills are at a good level and that you can use skills to solve complex issues in a variety of situations. You will develop your maths to become a problem-solver, analyser and decision-maker.
Please note: you MUST pass the first 6 weeks of the course. You must attend every class and do the necessary homework. If you do not, you will not be able to continue the course.
Contact email@example.com / 020 8078 0489 for information and to book a pre-course assessment. You can also click the Start Assessment button on this page.Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
- English Functional Skills (Level 2)Course start date: Tue 18 Apr 2023 (and 2 other dates)
Location on this date: OnlineDo you want to develop your English skills and gain a qualification? Do you need to show employers you have a good level of reading and writing and can speak well in a variety of situations. A level 2 functional skills qualification is equivalent to a GCSE and often required by employers. The course will develop your analytical skills, ensure you are confident in the most essential areas of literacy, and you will come to appreciate the variety and richness of English language use.
(Assessments including mock tests will take place in the City Lit building and you need to be able to attend these in person as required).
You must have passed the Getting Ready for English Functional Skills (level 2) course before you do this Functional Skills qualification.
You also need to do an initial pre-course assessment face-to-face or online. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org / (telephone temporarily unavailable) or click the Start Assessment button on the webpage. Log on with your email address (not name).
At the same time you complete your pre-course assessment, please also complete our pre-course form and tell us more about yourself..
This course is free for learners who meet the residency criteria and have not achieved a GCSE grade C (4) and higher in English
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
- Preparing for English Language GCSECourse start date: Mon 22 Apr 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetAre you excited by the English language? Do you want to gain an English language GCSE but are not ready yet to achieve this in a single year? Do you need to test your abilities before attempting the qualification course? Then this Getting Ready for English Language GCSE is the course for you. It will prepare you for the accreditation and familiarise you with its content, level and expectation.
You need to do a pre-course assessment face-to-face or online. Contact email@example.com / (telephone temporarily unavailable) or click the Start Assessment button on this page. Log on with your email address (not name).Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
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