A career choice for compassionate people

If you’re a caring and compassionate person, health and social care jobs can be very rewarding. From mental health awareness training to care assistant courses, counselling skills to our unique Step into Care programme. We offer a wide range of courses to help you get into and succeed in a heath or social care role.  

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Care work

Adult social care work covers a wide range of jobs. Care assistants and support workers support vulnerable adults in their day-to-day life. They often work in care homes, day centres or in a patient's own home. Personal assistants provide one on one support to someone who wants to manage their own support, often building a strong personal relationship with the person they care for. There are other roles in care homes, such as cleaning staff, working in the laundry or kitchens.  All of these roles are essential for helping people to live dignified and comfortable lives. 

Counselling skills

Doing a counselling skills qualification isn't just about training to become a counsellor. Build counselling skills to help in work or volunteer roles in healthcare, education, HR or charities. Open up new work opportunities and find a job where you can make a real difference to people’s lives.  Counselling skills can help improve your communications skills, particularly listening skills, for any job role where you work with other people.

Short courses or long qualifications

From short courses to give you an insight into working in the NHS or in a care job. To longer qualifications such as a Certificate to Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care or a Diploma in Counselling Skills. 

Get the skills, confidence and qualifications you need for different roles in health and social care. 

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Award in Mental Health Awareness Level 1

If you’re interested in learning more about mental health issues, this level 1 course can teach you the foundational concepts. You’ll get a view into the nature of mental health work and the issues that face people struggling with it. Level 1 health and social care courses about mental health can teach you the basic principles of mental health care. If you enjoy this course you can continue your learning in this area. Mental health awareness training can help you understand if this area of work interests you.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 03/06/2024 -
Fri 14/06/2024
Times:
9:30am - 12:00pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Location:
St Pauls Learning Centre (Bristol)
94 Grosvenor Road
St Pauls
Bristol
BS2 8XJ
Tutor:
Barbara Ricci
Course code:
Q00012372
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £75.00

Step Into Care

This is a pre-employment programme delivered online that is designed to support you into work within Adult Social Care. The programme will help you to prepare for work in a care setting. The programme consists of three elements: GMCA Care Certificate (where you will cover the theory elements of the Care Certificate), L1 Stress Awareness and L1 Mental Health Awareness (additional accredited courses you can join if suitable). Once you have completed the course with WEA, GM Careers will place you for a working interview in a social care setting. this is designed like a working interview, to give you the opportunity to try out the working environment. Week 1: Mon, Tues, Weds – 3rd – 5th June Week 2: Mon, Tues, Weds – 10th – 12th June Week 3: Mon, Tues, Weds – 17th – 19th June Week 4: Mon, Tues, Weds – 24th – 26th June Week 5: Mon, Tues, Weds – 1st – 3rd July

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 03/06/2024 -
Fri 05/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 3:00pm
Duration:
15 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Veronica Hyde
Course code:
Q00014831
How you'll learn:
Online
Status:
Waiting list (Join waiting list)
Fee range
Free to £225.00

Personal Development: Counselling Skills Practice (Surrey, Sussex, Kent)

This course is for students to gain more practical counselling experience in triads (counsellor, client and observer) using the ten core counselling skills. To attend this course, it is useful if you have already completed a 6 week counselling skills course or have a Level 2/3/4 counselling qualification. This course has been created in response to counselling student feedback requesting this type of course and can be useful before progressing to the next level of counselling studies, sometimes even essential as some courses do not allow you to progress to the next level if you don't have enough practical experience. The course may be appropriate for some learners with a work experience or a background in a similar sector, so do not feel excluded if you do not have formal qualifications. You should be fine! However, if you wish to make a start on our 'Introduction to Counselling; please search for that on the website. Theses courses run quite regularly so you could complete the Intro course and then progress onto this one If you are feeling confident in your knowledge, please enrol here.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 05/06/2024 -
Wed 10/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Sasha Dineen
Course code:
Q00011516
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
2 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £44.40

Multiply Essex: Paediatric First Aid at Rainbow Services

This course is in partnership with Rainbow Services. The 8-hour paediatric first aid course provides comprehensive training on the essential skills, numeracy and responsibilities of a paediatric first aider. Participants will learn the critical role they play in emergency situations involving infants and children and also how maths plays a role in that. Core topics covered include CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), including both resuscitation techniques and defibrillation procedures tailored for paediatric cases. Additionally, the course covers the management of seizures, choking incidents, wounds, bites, and stings commonly encountered in paediatric emergencies. Through hands-on practice and theoretical instruction, participants gain the confidence and skills necessary to effectively respond to paediatric medical crises and potentially save lives.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 06/06/2024 -
Tue 23/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 2:00pm
Duration:
2 sessions
Location:
St Paul’s Church
College Square
Harlow
CM20 1LP
Tutor:
Zoe Shelley
Course code:
Q00015408
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

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Membership Information

Duration:
12 months
Fee:
WEA Membership

Employability & Skills: Introduction to Working in Care

Explore the world of care work with this introductory course. The course is aimed at anyone who would like to explore and broaden their interest in working in the care sector. We will cover the basics including the national standards and values required set by regulatory bodies to work in care. You do not need any special tools to attend, just yourself and some enthusiasm. Start your wellbeing journey today by registering for this course.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 10/06/2024 -
Wed 10/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 2:00pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Rosalyn Curwen
Course code:
Q00014728
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £148.00

Award in Mental Health Awareness Level 1

If you’re interested in learning more about mental health issues, this level 1 course can teach you the foundational concepts. You’ll get a view into the nature of mental health work and the issues that face people struggling with it. Level 1 health and social care courses about mental health can teach you the basic principles of mental health care. If you enjoy this course you can continue your learning in this area. Mental health awareness training can help you understand if this area of work interests you.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 08/07/2024 -
Wed 10/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 3:00pm
Duration:
3 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Veronica Hyde
Course code:
Q00015372
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £75.00

Safeguarding Support in Schools

Vulnerable people are at higher risk of neglect and abuse. Training in safeguarding teaches you how to spot signs that someone may be at harm. It also helps you know what steps to take in case of reported or suspected abuse. This short safeguarding course gives you a view into safeguarding practices and the importance of protecting adults’ rights to live in safety.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 09/07/2024 -
Tue 09/07/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Sharon Reay
Course code:
Q00014619
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
1 place remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £8.40

Award in Stress Awareness Level 1

Stress affects most people in the country at some point in life. Understanding the harmful effects of stress is essential to maintaining good mental health and well-being. This stress awareness course can help you recognise and deal with stress when it happens. This mental health awareness training helps you understand what you and others may be experiencing. It is also useful if you work in a support role such as mentor, counsellor, or carer. It will teach you important skills for care jobs if you want to work in adult social care.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 22/07/2024 -
Wed 24/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 3:00pm
Duration:
3 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Veronica Hyde
Course code:
Q00015373
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £75.00