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. Data Analytics with Python: introduction
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 12 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    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 £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £100.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  2. Online marketing: a detailed introduction
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 13 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    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) 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
    Rating:
    94% of 100
  3. Podcasting: introduction
    Course Date: Tue 13 Apr 2021 (and 5 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
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  4. Instagram for business: introduction
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 13 Apr 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date: Online

    Learn how to use Instagram, the visual social media site, to market your business and communicate with your customers.

    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 £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £45.00
  5. Animation with Adobe Animate CC: stage 1
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 14 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    This online beginners course introduces Adobe Animate CC - an accessible and powerful digital animation program. The course explores traditional methods of drawn & cut-out animation in a digital context with a focus on animating characters.

    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 £399.00 Senior fee £319.00 Concession £243.00
  6. Using hashtags effectively
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 14 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    Hashtags are used on social media across many platforms, including Twitter and Instagram. This class is devoted to understanding hashtags and how to use them properly and effectively on social platforms. What is a hashtag, how do you create and track one, and how do you pick the right hashtag for your social media content.

    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 £39.00 Senior fee £31.00 Concession £20.00
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  7. Introduction to Python
    Course Date: Thu 15 Apr 2021 (and 8 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 £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £100.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  8. Adobe Photoshop: stage 1
    Course Date: Thu 15 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    Learn about the potential and possibilities available to you when using Adobe Photoshop, and develop some

    practical skill and knowledge.

    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 £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £95.00
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  9. Illustrator for textile design II
    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 15 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Expand your knowledge of Adobe Illustrator, creating intricate and decorative elements for textile design. Use a range of drawing and brush tools refining your skills, developing colour, contrast and pattern. Ideal for textile designers or artists interested in vector based repeat patterns.

    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 £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £105.00
  10. Excel: advanced
    Course Date: Thu 15 Apr 2021 (and 5 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 £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £95.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  11. Social media content strategy
    Course Date: Thu 15 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date: Online

    In order to successfully use social media for business, it is essential to have a clear strategy and create good content to encourage audience engagement. You'll learn both in this class.

    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
    Rating:
    94% of 100
  12. Adobe Photoshop for photography: stage 2
    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 16 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Fluent in Photoshop but want to advance your skills further? Explore some of Photoshop's more sophisticated techniques, essential for professional and aspiring photographers. Increasing your ability to edit and enhance images and experiment with more complex techniques, for confident, impressive results.

    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
  13. Search engine optimisation (SEO)
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 17 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date: Online

    Would you like your website to appear higher up in search results, in Google or other search engines? Learn the basics of ethical optimisation and how to set up site structure and website copy for optimum search engine coverage.

    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 £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £50.00
  14. Start a career in: event photography
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 18 Apr 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 eventl photography.

    This course will prepare you to compete in the challenging world of client-facing photography in the areas of event 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
  15. ESOL pronunciation: stage 2 (level 1-2)
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    What are the different ways of pronouncing 'a'? Does 'for' always sound like 'four'? Is 't' always pronounced the same way? Learn the answers to these questions as you focus on fluent pronunciation practising linking, rhythm and stress and discover how context affects the pronunciation of English. This course is aimed at students with a good level of English - level 1 and 2 (B2-C1), who have completed Stage 1. Please contact the department on 020 7492 2511 or universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk for more information. Highly fluent students at level 3 or above should apply to the courses in the drama department.

    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 £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £42.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100

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