Skills for Work - Online Employability Courses

Improve your career prospects by taking our government-funded short courses for adults in the UK.

As part of the UK government’s effort to re-skill and upskill the nation, we’re offering a range of business, technology & communication skills courses for free to eligible individuals. You can join our Skills for Work courses for free if you are if you are a UK or EU resident and:

  1. you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy, or
  2. on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance (ESA), or
  3. receiving other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take-home pay is below £343, or
  4. You are on a low wage

Please check the course descriptions to see which of the above eligiblity criteria apply.

To book your place on one of our Skills for Work courses for free, please call us on 020 7831 7831 or email us at infoline@citylit.ac.uk

To find out more about eligibility, please read this information pack.

So browse our wide range of courses designed to help you reach your goals. Whether you want to enter employment, advance and up-skill in your career, or re-skill and change careers. We can even help you learn how to start your own business.

All our courses are taught online at the moment and each course is led by an expert tutor with industry experience. You can find more about how this works by reading our guide to online learning.

Browse our full range of Skills for Work courses below!

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  1. Excel: expert

    Excel: expert

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 28 Feb 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn how to create dialogue boxes, combo boxes, spinners, drop down lists, user forms and macros. Ideal if you've undertaken our 'Excel: advanced' course, or if you have equivalent knowledge or experience.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £100.00

  2. Customising a WordPress website

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 28 Feb 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    The course will teach you the necessary CSS skills to further customise a WordPress website. You will use this knowledge together with the WordPress post types to create a sleek and modern website.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £115.00

  3. Adobe Premier Pro and digital editing stage 2

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 28 Feb 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    In stage 2 we look at more advanced editing tools (trimming tools like ripple/slip) and transform properties (scale/crop), and turn our attention to the core principles that govern narrative structure.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £115.00

  4. Video blogging with YouTube

    Course Date: Mon 1 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn how to create a video blog (vlog) in your own YouTube channel. Use YouTube full capabilities as social network, video editor and publisher. Edit and enhance your videos with effects and music using open source software Shotcut. Share and connect your channel with other channels and social networks.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £80.00

  5. Introduction to Python

    Course Date: Tue 2 Mar 2021 (and 12 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Want to learn more about how computers work or what computer programmers do? Get started in computer programming using the most popular and easy-to-use computer programming language Python.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £115.00

  6. Excel: advanced

    Course Date: Tue 2 Mar 2021 (and 7 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn advanced features of Excel 2016: linking, advanced sorting, filtering, advanced formulae, scenarios, data validation and audit spreadsheet, pivot tables and macros to create and work with complex spreadsheets.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £100.00

  7. Podcasting: introduction

    Course Date: Tue 2 Mar 2021 (and 9 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you want to create your own podcast? This is your chance to develop your ideas into a fully-fledged podcast which you will produce in this course.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £65.00

  8. City Lit Pro: Infographic design with Adobe Illustrator

    Course Date: Tue 2 Mar 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    City Lit Pro courses are tailored for accelerated learning for busy people who need to learn key skills for the workplace. On this practical course you will develop your skills in Adobe Illustrator, with a focus on creating infographics to present complex data in a visual, fun, attractive and impactful way to engage your audience.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £499.00
    Senior fee: £399.00
    Concession: £250.00

  9. Outlook 2016 for the workplace: integrating Outlook, Excel and Word (advanced)

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 2 Mar 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Are you working as a Secretary, PA or an Administrator or thinking of becoming one? Do you need to learn more about Outlook 2016? This course is for Outlook users who needs to become more expert in work related Outlook tasks. Join this course and learn how to: create advanced message rules, create and manage categories, apply advanced filtering, create and copy group contact lists, share contacts, copy calendars, use a scheduling tool to create appointments, create advanced signatures as lists and emails, use advanced mail merge using MS Word and how to archive your mail box.

    This course is FREE if a) you are on a Low Wage or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £75.00

  10. Instagram for business: intermediate

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 2 Mar 2021 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    This is a follow on course from 'Instagram for business: introduction' which is designed to expand your skills in using Instagram for business even further.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  11. Start a career in: architectural photography

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 2 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Having a great knowledge of photography is important but now you have accomplished that, this is your next step.

    This online interactive course comprises a series of online lectures on the business of architectural photography.

    This course will prepare you to compete in the challenging world of client-facing photography in the areas of architectural and interior photography. You’ll be taught by knowledgeable and highly experienced professional practitioners who bring all their skills and experience to help launch or evolve your professional practice.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  12. Creative photography

    Course Date: Tue 2 Mar 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Get creative and connect with the world around you through the lens of a digital camera. Put new ideas to practice through weekly tasks, participate in group discussions and get feedback in a positive environment.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £65.00

  13. Making sense of Windows 10

    Course Date: Wed 3 Mar 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    New to Windows 10? Unsure about Edge and Cortana? Join this course and get to grips with this new operating system. This friendly introduction will open doors to the main elements of the software, as well as some of its less accessible applications and tools.

    This course is FREE if a) you are on a Low Wage or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £45.00

  14. Data Analytics with Python: introduction

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 3 Mar 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Python is the most popular programming language for people working in the field of data analytics. Building on the skills you have learnt on one of our Introduction to Python courses or equivalent experience you will learn how to import data into Python, analyse it and then present it in a graphical format.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £115.00

  15. City Lit Pro: Adobe Creative Cloud intensive stage 1

    Course Date: Wed 3 Mar 2021 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    City Lit Pro courses are tailored for accelerated learning for busy people who need to learn key skills for the workplace.On this Adobe Creative Cloud course,covering Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign,you will learn key tools and techniques to develop, deliver and optimise vector graphics, photographic images and page layout and

    design.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £499.00
    Senior fee: £499.00
    Concession: £250.00

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