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Free courses for job seekers

If you are currently unemployed and looking for work, our employability courses could help you to develop your skills, gain new qualifications. They also provide support with finding employment and using job boards, CV/job applications and interview techniques.

Course List

  • Hospitality Academy Programme
  • TfL 12-week Programme

    Lewisham College and Transport for London are delivering a 12-week programme for the chance to pursue a rewarding and exciting career with TfL.

    Whatever your work or training background, there are amazing opportunities available at TfL, and through the course you will gain an insight into the world of TfL and the various departments. The programme would benefit anyone with little or no work experience and includes employability, customer service, business administration skills, and 4 weeks work experience at TfL offices. There will also be a guaranteed job interview.

    Qulifications:

    • NCFE Level 1 Certificate in Employability Skills
    • BIIAB Level Award in Business Admin
    • Highfield Level 1 Award in Customer Service

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  • IHG Hotels & Resorts SWAP

    This is a 22-day course with a guaranteed interview with IHG Hotels & Resort upon successful completion. The course will consist of developing your employability skills training in customer service Health and Safety and food hygiene in the workplace.

    You will also have three day's work experience to get an insight to opportunities in hospitality. This is a SWAP with IHG Hotels & Resorts to progress into job vacancies of front office team member room attendant kitchen porter waiter and other roles in the Hospitality Industry.

    Learners will gain interview experience and the following regulated qualifications below:

    • Level 1 Certificate in Employability Skills
    • Level 1 Award in Customer Service
    • Level 2 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace
    • Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering

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  • Better (GLL) Swimming Teacher Sector-Based Academy

    This programme is delivered in partnership with Better (GLL) and is a Sector-Based Work Academy Programme designed to help you become a Swimming Teacher.

    No previous experience is needed as this course will prepare you for working in this role. You will be working with children and members of the public to teach swimming in Better leisure centres around London. This is a great way to start a new career in the Leisure Industry and can lead to self-employment, and progression into different roles in the sector.

    This is a recognised qualification that will allow you to start an opportunity that will open doors to a new career.

    Qualification:

    • STA Level 2 Award in Teaching Swimming

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  • Civil Service Sector-Based Work Academy

    This programme is delivered in partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and has been designed to support recruits for Civil Service roles across various departments.

    You will develop a range of employability skills whilst building confidence, enhancing your CV and understanding the application process by undertaking mock interviews and practice tests.

    Qualification: 

    • NCFE Level 1 Award in Employability Skills 
    • Highfield Level 1 Award in Customer Service

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  • Business Administration and Skills for Work

    This programme will introduce you to the essentials of working in Business Administration. You will gain an understanding of the role of an administrator; the procedures for making and receiving calls, delivering effective customer service, diary management, confidentiality and data protection.

    You will develop your communication, teamwork and organisation skills, as well as understanding the job application process and effective interview techniques.

    Qualification: 

    • BIIAB Level 1 Award in Business Administration
    • NCFE Level 1 Award in Employability Skills

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  • Support Work in Schools and Colleges

    This qualification is an introduction to the information and knowledge needed to work in primary, secondary or supported learning schools. It covers the many varied roles that full- and part-time support staff may fulfil, including administrative roles, site support roles, technical roles and volunteers, as well as those roles that work directly with children and young people in the school environment.

    Qualification: 

    • NCFE Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools and Colleges

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  • Functional Skills in English

    You will develop practical skills which can allow you to work confidently, effectively and independently in life. These qualifications are designed to build learners’ confidence and support their progression towards gaining the minimum requirements in English necessary for undertaking an apprenticeship, moving into employment or completing further education.

    Qualification:

    • Functional Skills in English Entry 3

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  • Functional Skills in Maths

    You will develop practical skills which can allow you to work confidently, effectively and independently in life. These qualifications are designed to build learners’ confidence and support their progression towards gaining the minimum requirements in English necessary for undertaking an apprenticeship, moving into employment or completing further education.

    Qualification:

    • Functional Skills in Maths Entry 3

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  • Intermediate IT Level 1

    This computer training programme is designed for users who have some experience of using Microsoft Word and Excel and wish to explore the software further to refresh or upgrade current computer skills.

    You will increase your knowledge and understanding of how to generate text-based documents and spreadsheets to a higher standard. Completing this course could give you a competitive edge when looking for jobs that require a certain level of proficiency.

    Qualification:

    • City & Guilds Level 1 Award in IT User Skills

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  • CSCS and Skills for Work

    This Level 1 Award Health and Safety qualification is aimed at learners who want to work in construction. Successful completion will enable you to move on to take the CITB health, safety and environment test, and obtain the Green Labourer Card.

    You will develop your communication, teamwork and organisation skills, as well as understanding the job application process and effective interview techniques.

    Qualification:

    • NCFE Level 1 Certificate in Employability Skills & CSCS

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  • AAT and Bookkeeping

    This AAT Introductory Level 1 Award in Computerised Accounting will give you an insight into the world of accounting and its associated processes, including; processing accounting information using software, understanding how to use batch control sheets and selecting and using appropriate tools and techniques to present spreadsheet information effectively. This course also includes a Level 1 Award in Bookkeeping.

    Upon completion of this course, you could achieve entry-level roles or apprenticeships within accounting or progress onto higher level study.

    Qualifications:

    • Access Award in Accounting Software Level 1 &
    • Access Award in Bookkeeping Level 1

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  • Care Outlook Adult Care Sector-Based Work Academy

    This programme is delivered in partnership with Caremark (Bromley) and has been designed to support those looking to secure Care Worker roles.

    You will study a range of sector-specific units including; NCFE Level 1 Award in Employability Skills, Pearson Level 1 Award in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care, Infection Prevention and Safeguarding.

    You will develop a range of employability skills whilst building confidence, enhancing your CV and understanding the application process by undertaking mock interviews and practice tests.

    Qualifications:

    • NCFE Level 1 Award in Employability Skills 
    • Pearson Level 1 Award in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care
    • Infection Prevention
    • Safeguarding

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  • IT for Beginners

    This is a computer course designed for beginners who have no prior knowledge of using a computer, or for those who have experimented a little but need more confidence.

    By the end of the course, users will have gained competent knowledge in the use of computers and you could acquire the confidence needed to apply for any work which requires the use of IT. Additional support will be given to help set up an email address and understand how to use the internet to assist in finding suitable jobs.

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  • CIS Security Sector-based Work Academy

    This programme is delivered in partnership with CIS Security and has been designed to support those looking to secure Security Guard jobs.

    You will study a range of sector-specific units including; Emergency First Aid at Work, Principles of working in the private security industry and Application of conflict management in the private security industry

    You will develop a range of employability skills whilst building confidence, enhancing your CV and understanding the application process by undertaking mock interviews and practice tests.

    Qualifications:

    • NCFE Level 1 Certificate in Employability Skills
    • Level 2 Award for Working as a Security Officer within the Private Security Industry

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  • ESOL Pre-Entry

    This programme is designed to give you the functional skills you need to develop your English skills and increase your chances of securing employment

    You will be introduced to speaking, listening, reading and writing in English. A range of topics will be covered including; personal information, work, travel and transport and health and shopping.

    You will also develop your employability skills through job searching, interview practice and job application and CV writing workshops.

    Qualification:

    • Pre-Entry ESOL (Non-regulated)

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  • ESOL E1/E2

    This programme is designed to give you the functional skills you need to develop your English skills and increase your chances of securing employment

    You will improve your skills within speaking, listening, reading and writing in English and you will become more competent at communicating about a range of topics, from personal lifestyle and work, to travel, leisure and wellbeing.

    You will also develop your employability skills through job searching, interview practice and job application and CV writing workshops.

    Qualification:

    • ESOL Entry Level 1/Entry Level 2 (Non-regulated)

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  • Basic Skills Pre-Entry English

    This programme is designed to give you the functional skills you need to develop your English skills and increase your chances of securing employment

    You will gain skills within reading and writing skills, numeracy and. IT. You will also develop your employability skills through job searching, interview practice and job application and CV writing workshops.

    Qualifications:

    • Basic Skills Pre-Entry
    • English (Non-regulated)

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  • Basic Skills English Entry Level 3

    This programme is designed to give you the functional skills you need to develop your English skills and increase your chances of securing employment

    You will develop your skills within reading and writing skills, numeracy and. IT skills. You will also develop key employability skills through job searching, interview practice and job application and CV writing workshops.

    Qualification:

    • Basic Skills English E3 (Non-regulated)

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  • Greggs Team Leader Sector-based Work Academy

    This programme is delivered in partnership with popular bakery chain, Greggs, and has been designed to support those looking for Team Leader, Shift Leader and Supervisor roles. 

    You will study a range of sector-specific units that cover the essentials health and safety in the workplace, the world of retail and food safety in catering. 

    You will also develop a range of employability skills whilst building confidence, enhancing your CV and understanding the application process by undertaking mock interviews and practice tests. 

    Qualifications: 

    • NCFE Level 1 Award in Employability Skills  
    • BIIAB Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering 
    • BIIAB Level 2 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace  
    • BIIAB Level 2 Certificate in Retail Knowledge 

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  • TST Film Security Sector-Based Work Academy

    This programme is delivered in partnership with TST Security and has been designed to support those looking to secure Security roles within the film industry.

    You will study a range of sector-specific units including; emergency first aid at work, principles of filming, and working with crew cast & celebrities.

    You will develop a range of employability skills whilst building confidence, enhancing your CV and understanding the application process by undertaking mock interviews and practice tests.

    Qualifications:

    • Emergency First Aid Certificate
    • NCFE L1 Certificate in Employability Skills
    • NOCN Level 2 Award for Door Supervisors in the Private Security Industry

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  • Step into Employment Programme

    This programme is designed to support adults prepare for the world of work with a detailed insight into employment and practical experience to help them with job applications, preparation for interviews, and an understanding of how to detail with different situations in a work setting.

    Qualification:

    • NCFE E3 Certificate in Employability Skills

 

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You will benefit from:

  • Having access to a tutor or assessor 
  • Gaining additional skills and qualifications needed in the workplace
  • Developing knowledge to further your professional career
  • Learning at your own pace

Study for free

These courses are fully funded for those who live in England, are aged 19 and over on 31 August and meet the following criteria:

  • Not currently in full-time education
  • Had permanent lawful residency in the UK/EU for the last three consecutive years
  • Not previously completed any part of the requested qualifications and/or similar qualifications
  • Currently in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance or Universal Credit.

All courses are subject to availability, eligibility and accessibility needs. You will not be guaranteed a place on a course until you have fully enrolled and received your Learning Agreement.

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Coronavirus update

Lewisham College is closely monitoring all communications and guidance as it becomes available. This information is for students and staff and reflects updates from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Public Health England (PHE). We are prepared to escalate our contingency arrangements in the event of change.

The government is monitoring the situation closely and will continue to work with the WHO and international community. For staff and students it remains business as usual across our sites and our workplaces.

Please note that, at present, this advice refers only to arrivals from Wuhan, and not the remainder of China. If you have returned from Wuhan you should:

General guidance for those planning visits to Wuhan or other destinations in China

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) maintains updated travel advice for those planning a trip to Wuhan or other destinations in China. This is available at:

www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/china

Note

This advice is derived from The Department of Health and Social Care will be publishing updated data on a daily basis at 2pm until further notice:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public#situation-in-the-uk

Supplementary Q&A for individuals wishing to know more around how the UK is managing the risk:

https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/