Do you want to start working or volunteering but feel you lack the confidence to get started? This course will help you recognise the skills you already have and practice new ways of communicating in unfamiliar settings.
Who is the course aimed at?
This course is for anyone who would like to build confidence and learn new skills. If you have been out of learning or work for some time then this could be just the course for you.
You will have the opportunity to develop team working and communication skills. A chance to meet new people and make friends.
We welcome people from all parts of our community with the intention of offering an opportunity for people to improve their health and well-being by joining a friendly learning environment.
Course description in brief
This course will help you develop and assess your readiness for entering the workforce. You will practice essential skills needed for work and develop confidence needed for interviews and meeting new people.
You will focus on your own personal priorities and work towards achieving you goals.
By the end of the course I will have learned:
- Be able to recognise personal strengths, abilities and skills for learning or work
Be able to recognise & practice different forms of communication needed in the workplace e.g. persuading and negotiating
Develop presentation skills useful for interviews and meetings
Know how to work with others in a group, problem solving and task completion.
Be aware of importance of personal presentation
List & role play ways to tackle common problems in the workplace
Do I need any skills, experience or qualifications before I join the course?
To be able to access this course you must be able to read the learning materials, follow written and verbal instructions and make your own notes.
If you need extra help with your reading and writing, please speak to your tutor or ask reception for an appointment to discuss English courses.
You need to see a tutor or our student advisor before joining the course.
What equipment will I need for the course?
You may wish to bring a notebook. It is recommended all students have a folder to organise their work.
What materials will I need for the course?
All learning materials will be provided by Swarthmore.
What activities will I take part in and how will my course be structured?
The course will be guided by the tutor to develop skills week by week. There will be a mixture of tutor demonstrations and talks, group discussions, and practical tasks carried out with individual support from the tutor where required.
What will be expected of me in terms of personal or time commitment?
Attend classes each week, complete an Individual Learning Plan and do any homework as required.
How will my learning be assessed and reviewed?
With tutor support, you will be able to demonstrate your learning and achievement throughout the course. This will be recorded on your Individual Learning Plan.
Learners will be encouraged to focus on their individual aims and meeting personal goals.
What could I go on to do after I have finished the course?
Progress to other courses in the centre including English, Maths & ICT.
You can also arrange to have a referral to our Swarthmore student advisor or the National Careers Service for further job search skills and advice including CV building and application forms.
How will I say what I think about the course?
Throughout the course there are set times to evaluate and review your learning and discuss issues that may be of concern to you.
If you have any problems with the course talk to your tutor, or if you feel you can’t, make an appointment with the curriculum manager
At the end of the course you will be asked to fill in a simple feedback form.
Available timetables for this course
Please make a note of the course Ref for the course you are interested in.
|Course Ref||Hours per week||Days(s)||Time||Course Dates||Costs|
|183b||2||Friday||10:00 AM – 12:00 PM||17 Jan 2020 to 27 Mar 2020 (10 Sessions)||Full Rate £66; R Rate £22; A Rate £6|
|183c||2||Friday||10:00 AM – 12:00 PM||01 May 2020 to 10 Jul 2020 (10 Sessions)||Full Rate £66; R Rate £22; A Rate £6|
Swarthmore provides a variety of courses some of which are subsidised by public funding.
Courses with course codes marked by ‘LCC’ and ‘CityC’ are subsidised and have age restrictions.
- ‘LCC’ and ‘CityC’ courses for those aged 19 and over.
- ‘LCC’ courses are supported by Leeds City Council for Leeds Metropolitan area residents, priority given to those living in disadvantaged areas, people not in employment and/or in receipt of benefits, those with low skills, no qualifications, disadvantaged groups or individuals with specific needs e.g. lone parents, BAME groups, adults with LDD.
For information funding and eligibility see the ‘costs’ page.
Unless stated otherwise - all courses take place at Swarthmore Education Centre Leeds
To enrol in a course complete the enrolment form on the download page using the correct course reference (Course Ref) from above.