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. HTML5 & CSS: intermediate (stage 2)
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Oct 2021 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Learn how to construct a website and host it on a server using HTML5, the latest standard for HTML & CSS. You will learn how to position content using the new HTML5 Semantic Elements. Knowledge required: HTML5 & CSS: introduction (stage 1 ) or a working knowledge of HTML5.



    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). 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
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  2. Online marketing: a detailed introduction
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    A popular course that provides an in-depth look at the tools and techniques you can use to market your business on the internet. Examine Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), web advertising with Google AdWords and social media marketing among other topics, along with the management tools needed to measure success.



    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). 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
    Rating:
    94% of 100
  3. A short introduction to Apple Photos
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    This short course will explore how to get the most out of Apple’s Photos programme and use it to organise and edit both your camera and mobile phone pictures.



    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). For more information click here



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £25.00
  4. Introduction to Python
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 30 Oct 2021 (and 8 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    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). 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
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  5. Introduction to JavaScript
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 30 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Add interactivity and animation to your website. Start with simple scripts and proceed to challenging applications: Computation and String operations, DOM manipulations, AJAX, Form validation, Content Panels and Carousels.



    Knowledge required: Basic computing and experience of HTML.



    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). 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
    Rating:
    84% of 100
  6. Facebook for business
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 1 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover how Facebook can be used as a cost effective method for promoting your business. You will learn to use Facebook to connect existing and potential clients.



    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). 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
  7. Build a website with WordPress in three sessions
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 2 Nov 2021 (and 5 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 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). 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
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  8. ESOL entry 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 2 Nov 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    For students who can speak or write only a few words in English or maybe none at all. On this beginners' course, you will learn new words and grammar, how to ask and answer questions, how to read and write about yourself, your family, and friends, and how to complete forms and short emails. Before this course, you need to do a pre-course assessment. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511 or click the Start Assessment button on this page. Log on with your email address (not name). Use Chrome if possible.



    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 takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £63.00 Concession £16.00
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  9. Social media for business: introduction
    Course start date:  Tue 2 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    This practical course is aimed at people who would like to use social media marketing to promote their business. This class is ideal for those with some familiarity with social media. You will learn how social media can be used to



    communicate with your target 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). 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
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  10. Making sense of Windows 10
    Course start date:  Wed 3 Nov 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Are you using all the features of Windows 10? Do you know how to navigate your way round it? Are you unsure about Edge and Cortana? This course will help you get to grips with this new operating system. It 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). For more information click here



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £45.00
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  11. Becoming confident with mobile data: managing and syncing your files across your laptop, smartphone and tablet
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 4 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Are you using a smartphone and a PC? Have you asked yourself 'How did my photos get on my mobile device - I didn't put them there?' Lots of modern devices and gadgets have a sync feature to keep users from losing data and enable them to access their files on multiple devices and from wherever they are. This can be very convenient but also confusing and it potentially compromises your digital security. This course will help you manage your files across multiple devices so you can be sure where your different files are and how they are organised and accessible.



    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 £39.00 Senior fee £31.00 Concession £20.00
  12. HTML5 & CSS: introduction (stage 1)
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 4 Nov 2021 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Learn the formatting languages used to create web pages and construct a website in which various pages are linked together using HTML5, the latest standard for HTML & CSS. This course is also suitable for people who want to update the content on an existing 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). 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 £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £110.00
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  13. Make your first Android mobile app
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 5 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course is a gentle introduction to programming and app development using the cloud application AppInventor 2.



    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). 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
  14. LinkedIn: a detailed introduction
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 6 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    In this longer, in-depth course, we will look at the crucial features to get started on building your network with LinkedIn.



    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). 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
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  15. Strategy: introduction
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 7 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Build your career confidence by learning basic strategic management practices and procedures that will help you implement your company's strategic plans.



    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). 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

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