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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. on a Low Wage or
  2. on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance (ESA), or
  3. receiving other state benefits (including Universal Credit).

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. An introduction to PowerPoint 2016: presentations in a day

    Course Date: Wed 2 Dec 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    New to PowerPoint? Do you want to know how to create presentations? Can you use some of PowerPoint features but want to expand your skills? Join this short introduction to the essential elements of PowerPoint. Learn how to create a presentation using key features of PowerPoint 2016. Knowledge required: basic computer literacy and the ability to use a mouse and keyboard.

    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). 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: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £35.00

  2. A short introduction to free editing software

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 2 Dec 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    You don’t have to spend money to get editing. This is a short introduction to video editing using DaVinci Resolve, a free but highly professional editing package comparable to Final Cut X, Avid and Premiere Pro.

    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). 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: £40.00

  3. Podcasting: advanced

    Course Date: Thu 3 Dec 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    A short course designed to help you make your existing idea publication ready or improve the production values of your already published podcast.

    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). 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

  4. Introduction to coding with Unity

    Introduction to coding with Unity

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 3 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Unity is a popular, free 3D game engine. Coding in Unity uses the C# language and greatly expands its possibilities, especially for interaction. Learn to code in a 3D world!

    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). 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: £229.00
    Concession: £115.00

  5. Build a website with WordPress in three sessions

    Course Date: Fri 4 Dec 2020 (and 7 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    WordPress is the world's most popular content management system, and it's free! On this intensive, short course you'll learn how to use it to build your own website.

    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). 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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £50.00

  6. Introduction to programming

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 5 Dec 2020 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    This is a beginner's course designed for anyone who wants to dip their toes into the exciting world of programming and see what all the fuss is about. Perfect if you want to make your first step in learning any of the programming languages at City Lit.

    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). 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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £50.00

  7. Introduction to Unity 3D

    Introduction to Unity 3D

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 5 Dec 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Unity is a popular, free 3D engine for games, walkthroughs, art installations, simulations and more. This course offers a beginner’s tour of its features including physics, particle systems, lighting and interaction.

    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). 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: £229.00
    Concession: £115.00

  8. Strategy: intermediate

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 6 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Further build your career confidence by learning intermediate strategic management practices and procedures to help implement your company’s strategic plans.

    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). 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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £50.00

  9. Intermediate Python

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 6 Dec 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Take your Python coding skills to the next level. Extend your programming skills by learning how to create secure and reusable code using sub-routines and modules, use advanced lists and dictionaries to create more complex programs that solve real world problems, use inbuilt libraries to boost the functionality of your programs and learn how to build graphical interfaces to your code that work on Windows, Mac and Linux systems.

    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). 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: £229.00
    Concession: £115.00

  10. Developing and managing your brand

    Course Date: Mon 7 Dec 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    A brand defines how people see and relate to your business or product. A well-developed brand strategy makes your brand recognizable, relatable and your business more successful and valuable. In this course we will focus on the process of create a strong, memorable and compelling brand strategy that goes well beyond designing a logo.

    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). 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: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £90.00

  11. Introduction to Facebook

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 7 Dec 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn more about Facebook, the social networking site that allows you to find and communicate with friends and common interest groups. Keep in touch with family and friends or get in touch with long lost relations or school friends.

    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). 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: £63.00
    Concession: £40.00

  12. Designing websites for visual artists with WordPress: stage 2

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 7 Dec 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Build on skills from Designing websites for visual artists with WordPress: stage 1 to enhance your existing WordPress portfolio site.

    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). 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: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £95.00

  13. Excel: applying formulae and functions

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 8 Dec 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Move beyond basic arithmetic in Excel and learn to use the power of formulae and functions to save time and to extract new information from your data.

    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). 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: £49.00
    Concession: £25.00

  14. A short introduction to Adobe InDesign

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 8 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This is a short and fun live online course for students that want to have a look at Adobe InDesign for the first time.

    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). 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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £50.00

  15. Michael Harding

    Essential business skills for photography and photographers

    Course Date: Tue 8 Dec 2020 (and 3 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 course you will learn key business skills, from finance to marketing, to help you establish your own successful photographic practice.

    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). 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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £50.00

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