Vocational and Employability Skills

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Courses and support to help you improve your chances of gaining employment in areas such as childcare, adult social care, business start ups and hospitality.

AAT Business Skills Level 1

This Level 1 qualification covers a range of skills and relevant supporting knowledge to help prepare learners for applying numbers in business and working in a business environment. It will give learners an understanding of how different organisations operate.

VESSPFS2328

Availability  This course is full, but you can apply to join the queue for a place if one becomes available on this or a similar course.  full

15 Jan 2024 (Spring)

11 weeks

Mon 17:00-19:30


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free 

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Award in Support Work in Schools Level 2

This qualification enables you to access work supporting children and young people in an educational environment. You will be encouraged and supported to apply for jobs or voluntary work as part of the course. For more information contact Allison on 07950 805 436 or allison.mcclean@islington.gov.uk

VESSSAZ232446

Availability  This course is full, but you can apply to join the queue for a place if one becomes available on this or a similar course.  full

29 Jan 2024 (Spring)

19 weeks

Mon 09:30-15:00


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free 

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Basic Food Hygiene - Level 1

Understanding food hygiene is important for anyone working in the food industry. The course will cover topics such as food storage and the safe handling of food.

VESSPLP23015

Availability  This course requires you to follow an application process.  6places

29 Feb 2024 (Spring)

5 weeks

Thu 13:00-16:00


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free 

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Book Keeping Level 1

An introduction to the principles of double-entry bookkeeping, assets, profit and loss identification and other elements of a bookkeeper role. AAT Access is a short qualification that introduces you to fundamental business and finance skills.

VESSPFS2327

Availability  This course is full, but you can apply to join the queue for a place if one becomes available on this or a similar course.  full

17 Jan 2024 (Spring)

11 weeks

Wed 17:00-19:30


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free 

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Book Keeping Level 2

The purpose of the Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping is to ensure that students have the solid bookkeeping skills necessary for most finance roles. This qualification comprises two mandatory units (115 guided learning hours in total): Introduction to Bookkeeping • Principles of Bookkeeping Controls

VESSPFS2326

Availability  This course is full, but you can apply to join the queue for a place if one becomes available on this or a similar course.  full

27 Jan 2024 (Spring)

12 weeks

Sat 10:00-13:00


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free 

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Boost Your Interview Skills

This course will help you prepare for those all important interviews. You will learn techniques to help you answer questions at interviews and control your nerves and promote yourself with confidence.

VESSPLP23014

Availability  This course requires you to follow an application process.  6places

29 Feb 2024 (Spring)

5 weeks

Thu 09:30-12:00


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free 

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Customer Service Level 1

Do you have what is takes to deal with customers effectively? On this course you will learn how to handle customers professionally and deal with complaints with confidence.

VESSPFS232440

Availability  This course is full, but you can apply to join the queue for a place if one becomes available on this or a similar course.  full

18 Jan 2024 (Spring)

10 weeks

Thu 13:30-16:00


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free 

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Effective CV Writing

Get help updating or writing your CV and improve your chances when applying for jobs. You can also find out about courses to help you improve your employability skills. For more information contact Alison on 07808 879044.

VESSPFS2304

Availability  This course requires you to follow an application process.  3places

15 Jan 2024 (Spring)

10 weeks

Mon 13:30-16:30


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free 

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Effective Job Search Skills Workshops

Unemployed and searching for work? Looking for guidance, direction and help with practical skills? These interactive workshops will help you to: Decide on the best direction for you, Be confident in applying for jobs, Prepare a high quality CV, Prepare better for interviews, and much more!

VESSPAZ2340

Availability  This course requires you to follow an application process.  4places

16 Jan 2024 (Spring)

10 weeks

Tue 09:30-12:30


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free 

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Employment Support Drop-in (contact Alison on 07808 879044 for more information)

Get help writing your CV, searching for jobs, filling in application forms and interview tips. Also get information on courses to help you improve your skills and chances of gaining employment.

VESSPFS2303

Availability  This course requires you to follow an application process.  17places

15 Jan 2024 (Spring)

10 weeks

Mon 09:30-12:30


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free 

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Employment Support Drop-in (contact Colin on 07826 904 913 for more infomation)

Get help writing your CV, searching for jobs, filling in application forms and interview tips. Also get information on courses to help you improve your skills and chances of gaining employment.

VESSPFS2316

Availability  This course requires you to follow an application process.  13places

12 Jan 2024 (Spring)

10 weeks

Fri 13:00-16:00


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free 

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Information Advice and Guidance (IAG)

Get impartial one to one information advice and guidance from a qualified advisor to help you move forward into work or further training. Sessions are by appointment only contact Alison on 07808 879044.

VESSPFS2305

Availability  This course requires you to follow an application process.  14places

16 Jan 2024 (Spring)

10 weeks

Tue Wed 09:30- varies


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free 

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Introduction to Working in Admin.

This course covers a range of duties and procedures when working in an office environment. The course will include improving your office related skills, working effectively as part of a team and much more.

VESSPFS2315

Availability  This course requires you to follow an application process.  2places

12 Jan 2024 (Spring)

10 weeks

Fri 09:30-12:00


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free 

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Level 1 Developing Personal Confidence and Self Awareness

This 10 week course is designed to help you develop confidence and become more self aware. We will look at developing your strengths and how to manage stressful situations.

VESSPFS2306

Availability  This course requires you to follow an application process.  8places

16 Jan 2024 (Spring)

10 weeks

Tue 13:30-16:30


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free 

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Level 1 Supporting Children in Nursery & Reception

Start the journey to gain qualifications for working with children under 5. Discover how children learnthrough play and take part in practical play activities. Learners will achieve a Level 1 Award on successful completion of the course. For more information contact Tracey on 07817 087 834.

VESSPFS2317

Availability  This course requires you to follow an application process.  1 places

18 Jan 2024 (Spring)

10 weeks

Thu 09:30-12:30


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free 

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Level 2 Certificate Creating a Business Start-Up (10 week course) - NCFE - 60336328

About to start your own business? This course will explore the implications of working for yourself and help you plan and prepare for the practicalities of launching a successful business. For more information contact Janice on 07737 018367.

VESSPOL2321

Availability  This course is full, but you can apply to join the queue for a place if one becomes available on this or a similar course.  full

16 Jan 2024 (Spring)

10 weeks

Tue Thu 10:00-12:00


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free 

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Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Business Improvement Techniques (10-week Course) - NCFE - 60343060

About to start your own business? This course will explore the implications of working for yourself and help you plan and prepare for the practicalities of launching a successful business. For more information contact Janice on 07737 018367.

VESSPOL2323

Availability  This course requires you to follow an application process.  5places

16 Jan 2024 (Spring)

10 weeks

Tue Thu 13:30-16:00


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free 

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Preparing to Work with Children in Schools Level 1

Understand the British school system and gain confidence in volunteering in a nursery or primary schools. Develop your skills in listening to children and creating activities to support children’s learning.For more informati on contact Allison on 07958 690238, email allison.mcclean@islington.gov.uk

VESSPFS2350

Availability  This course requires you to follow an application process.  1 places

16 Jan 2024 (Spring)

10 weeks

Tue 09:45-12:45


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free 

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Public Speaking Level 1

Have you ever been asked to give a presentation but didn’t know where to start, at a job interview or place of work. Get nervous at the thought of standing up in front of a group of people? Like to learn how to prepare and deliver a presentation with confidence?  Then join us for this fun course!

VESSPAZ2311

Availability  This course requires you to follow an application process.  6places

17 Jan 2024 (Spring)

10 weeks

Wed 09:30-12:00


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free 

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Stress and Time Management

VESSPHC2307

Availability  This course requires you to follow an application process.  11places

28 Feb 2024 (Spring)

5 weeks

Wed 13:30-16:30


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free 

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Supporting Sustainability in an Office Environment L1

An exciting new course where you will learn what it really means to be sustainable in an office environment and why it is so important that we all do our bit! Learn how to reduce waste, save energy and improve efficiency in the office environment.

VESSPAZ2312

Availability  This course requires you to follow an application process.  14places

17 Jan 2024 (Spring)

10 weeks

Wed 13:00-16:00


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free 

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SWAP in the Care Sector

Learners will gain certificates in the following units: Introduction to Adult Social Care including Basic Food Hygiene and Boost Your Interview Skills plus a guaranteed interview at the end of the course with a prospective employer.

VESSPAZ2313

Availability  This course requires you to follow an application process.  5places

21 Feb 2024 (Spring)

6 weeks

Wed times vary


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free 

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