Free Courses for unemployed and Low income

 Spring Programme for courses beginning January an onwards at Bearwood Community Centre.

Courses are accredited City & Guilds qualifications (levels below).  Learners attend the course and undergo independent study and coursework to achieve the qualification.    

Eligibility: Be resident in Dorset, 16+ and unemployed, or 19+ and earning £17k or below; must also be legally resident in the UK and able to work.  


Childcare / Working with Children

  • Caring for Children (L1) – An introduction to working with young children in an early years setting, a course that gives the learner an idea of what to expect in these types of roles.  
  • Support work in Schools (L2) – Aimed at those wanting to begin, or develop their employment in support work roles in educational settings or working with young people

English / Language

  • English Skills (L1) – Suitable for anyone who has not been in formal education for a while and needs a confidence boost with their literacy skills.  No pre-entry requirements for this course but learners must have some literacy skills to be able to do the course.   Not suitable for someone looking to learn English as a second language.
  • ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) – An informal course for people of other languages than English to improve their skills in speaking and listening in English for daily practical use.   

Management Skills & Own Businesses

  • Extended Award in Employability Skills (Business Start Up – L2) – An introduction to starting up a business – a course for someone who is considering this as an option or is in the very early stages.  Modules covered: Time Management, Developing your USP, Product/ Service Delivery & Targeting. 
  • Leadership & Team Skills (L2)- From ILM (Institute of Leadership & Management, this course is great for anyone who has some experience in leading a team and wants to develop their skills or for those looking to enhance their CV and looking to move into a senior role or responsibility.

Please note:

This are real-time courses i.e. not online; they take place in community settings in a small groups to allow for social-distancing (venue information on flyer). 

If you have any questions or need further information about the programme please do not hesitate to contact me on 07776 960 019 or

Full list of Free Training Courses available in Bearwood and across Dorset