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Community Skills Hub

Connecting you to skills, training and career opportunities

Welcome to our brand new Community Skills Hub!

We’re proud to be based at the heart of our communities and pleased to be able to offer you a range of pathways whether you need help with:
Finding a job with training
Improving your skills
Boosting your employability
Accessing essential qualifications
Getting ready for higher education

2020 has been a year like no other and its impact is being felt across all our communities. Whether you are starting out in your career, have been made redundant, or are seeking a completely new change of direction, we are uniquely placed to provide support. We can help you to:
Define your work goals
Map out your career pathway
Gain the confidence to succeed

You might want to start with some advice. Simply complete our contact form and we will be in touch for an initial chat. 

Alternatively, browse the options below and follow the links to find out more about the wide range of opportunities available through our Community Skills Hub. 

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Earn While You Learn

An apprenticeship is a great way to earn while you learn and get hands-on experience in your chosen sectorWe can help you to secure employment allowing you to gain valuable industry skills, get qualified and earn a wage at the same time. We offer apprenticeships within:
• Accounting
Business and Marketing
Computing and Digital Skills
Events and Retail
Hospitality and Catering
Forklift Truck

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Skills for the Workplace

If you’re not yet ready for an apprenticeship, why not join our 12-week traineeship programme? You will learn skills as part of a work placement in:

As well as gaining professional and technical skills, you will also be able to study for a Level 2 English and maths qualification if you haven’t yet achieved these. We will also help you with career planning, job searching and employability skills. You may even be offered an apprenticeship at end of the programme.

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Free* Short Courses

Our free* online learning qualifications allow you to study flexibly at home at a time to suit your lifestyle and family commitments. Our courses enable you to to work at your own pace and gain accredited qualifications at no extra cost. Follow the link to explore courses in:
• Children and Young People
• Health and Social Care
• Health and Wellbeing
• Industry Specialisms
• Personal Development
• Workplace Development

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Accredited Qualifications 

Study part-time and gain nationally accredited qualifications to unlock professional pathways and boost your career. We work with a range of awarding bodies and offer courses from:
AAT – Association of Accounting Technicians
CIM – Charted Institute of Marketing
CIPD – Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
CPCAB – Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body
ILM – Leadership and Managment
IMI – Institute of Motor Industry

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Preparation for University Study

If your sights are set on university level study, our Access to Higher Education programme could help you to get on track.

Our Access pathways are designed for people who don’t yet have the qualifications they need and are widely recognised by UK universities and colleges. Study for one year and you could soon be starting a higher-level qualification or degree programme. We also offer some Access courses part-time to help fit around work and childcare commitments.

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Degree Level Courses

We offer a range of Higher Education courses in many exciting subjects. You can study for a Foundation Degree, HNC or HND, and even top-up your qualification to gain a full degree. Our subject areas include:
• Business and Travel
• Childcare and Education
• Computing
• Creative Arts and Design
• Creative Media
• Engineering
• Performing Arts and  Make-up Artistry
• Health and Social Care
• Public Services and Sport

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Improve your English and Maths

Most employers look for evidence that you have a good level of maths and English. Gaining English and maths qualifications (GCSE or Functional Skills) will enable you to improve your skills and build your confidence, regardless of your starting point.

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Trade Employability Skills

We hold the key to help you join several popular specialist trades and can offer accredited qualifications in:
Construction (CSCS card)
Forklift truck

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If you are an employer and would like to retrain or develop your workforce please click on the employer button! Here you will find more information on training solutions for your business to include:
Setting up apprenticeships, traineeships, and industry placements
How Government funding can support you to strengthen your workforce
The Apprenticeship Levy and Levy Transfers

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We have a wide range of FREE* online distance learning courses to keep you busy during the next few weeks. These study-at-home accredited courses can be done online, allowing you to work at your own pace. 

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