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Course Qualification Duration
Business Admin BIIAB Level 1 Award in Business Administration 4 weeks
CSCS & Skills for Work NCFE Level 1 Certificate in Employability Skills & CSCS 16 days
CIS Door Supervision Sector Based Work Academy NCFE Level 1 Certificate in Employability Skills & HABC Level 1 Award in Door Supervision
**Guaranteed Interview with CIS Security**
17 days
Motivation for Work NCFE Level1 Certificate in Job Search and Employment Potential 11 days
IT for Beginners City & Guilds Entry 3 Award in IT Skills 4 weeks
Intermediate IT Level 1 City & Guilds Level 1 Award in IT User Skills 4 weeks
AAT and Book Keeping Access Award in Accounting Software Level 1 & Access Award in Book Keeping Level 1 6 weeks
Adult Care Pearson Level 1 Award in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care 12 days
Functional Skills Maths Pearson Functional Skills in Maths Entry 3 8 days
Functional Skills English Pearson Functional Skills in English Entry 3 8 days
Pre-Entry ESOL Pre-Entry ESOL (Non-regulated) 12 weeks
ESOL E1/E2 ESOL Entry Level 1/Entry Level 2 (Non regulated) 12 weeks
Basic Skills Pre-Entry English Basic Skills Pre-Entry English (Non-regulated) 12 weeks
Basic Skills English Entry Level 3 Basic Skills English E3 (Non-regulated) 12 weeks
NCFE Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools
This qualification is an introduction to the information and knowledge needed to work in primary, secondary or speial 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. 20 days
Functional Skills IT
Functional Skills IT E3 8 days

What stands between you and an interesting job? Whether it’s the right initial qualifications, workplace skills or simply confidence, our free short courses for job seekers are designed to remove these barriers and get you into work.

We offer a wide range of Job Centre Plus (JCP) courses in essential skills like money and finance, IT, customer service, and English and maths, as well as qualifications that will help you access jobs in specific sectors such as construction and adult care.  

To get on to a course, you’ll just need to be referred by your local Job Centre or one of our partners supporting unemployed people such as Southwark Works, Thames Reach, Prospects or Peabody.

What you’ll gain:

  • A qualification that tells employers you’re ready for work
  • A better knowledge of your chosen sector
  • Vital workplace skills
  • Increased confidence and motivation
  • The chance to build your CV, job search and interview skills
  • Support with progressing into employment or further training – we work closely with employers to help you find a job, and some courses guarantee you an interview


To be eligible for one of our free JCP courses you need to be 19+, able to commit to the times and duration of your chosen course, and on one of these benefits:

  • Job Seekers Allowance (JSA)
  • ESA benefit
  • Income Support
  • Universal Credit

How to enrol

The course booking must be made by your Job Centre Plus Adviser, or an adviser from one of our partner organisations listed above, so you’ll need to tell them which course you’d like to attend.
You will then need to bring the following along to your induction:

For JCP referrals:

  • JCP referral letter AND
  • Valid UK/EU passport OR
  • All other passports – you must have indefinite leave to remain OR
  • A UK birth certificate

For partner organisation referrals:

  • JCP benefit entitlement letter (which must be dated within the last 3 months) AND
  • Valid UK/EU passport OR
  • All other passports – you have indefinite leave to remain OR
  • A UK birth certificate

Contact us

If you’d like to know more, just get in touch with our Employment and Skills Team on 020 3757 4350.

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