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Personal development can mean a lot of different things. Our courses can help you develop the skills and confidence you need to make the most of your potential. Our adult education classes can also help you grow in your current job and help you reach your goals. 

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Looking for work? Start here

If you are looking for work and want to get started, we have short courses to help you find work. We run free course * on CV writing, job hunting and interviews. We’re here to help you reach your potential. From starting to explore your options to learning how to successfully apply for jobs. Our personal development courses help you take positive steps towards your dream job.

Stand out from the crowd

To stand out in the crowd and improve your employability, our tutors offer friendly support to meet your needs. You can talk to your tutor about your goals and identify the steps you need to take to get into the job you want.  Whether an online course or in person, our tutors are here to ensure you succeed. 

Already in work?

If you’re already in work and want to gain new skills and confidence or improve your wellbeing at work, our courses can help. Our adult education skills courses help you clarify your goals and find a clear path to reaching your potential.

*Over 90% of applicants for skills courses do not need to pay a fee. Subject to status - courses are free for unemployed people, job seekers and people on low wage. If you do not qualify you will be alerted during the application process.

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Personal Development: Preparing for Life in the UK Test

Are you thinking of taking the ‘Life in the UK’ test or want to find out more about the ‘Life in the UK’ test, then this course is for you. The course will introduce you to many aspects of the UK in order to pass the UK Citizenship test. The course is a first step in teaching learners about what to be expected on the test and what they need to revise for when they plan to take the test later on. You will learn and discuss different laws, UK history, culture and social aspects of what is expected of typical UK citizens in everyday life. You will help each other to practice your English through informal activities and discussion to improve your understanding and confidence.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 24/04/2024 -
Wed 05/06/2024
Times:
9:45am - 11:45am
Duration:
11 sessions
Location:
Clovelly Centre (Southampton)
60-68 Clovelly Road
Southampton
SO14 0AU
Tutor:
Irma Gough
Course code:
Q00013955
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £88.20

Personal Development: DWP CV Writing workshop

This course is for learners of the DWP, Wellington Street, Leicester only. The CV writing workshop will empower Department for Work and Pensions claimants to create a new CV or update an existing CV with the help of an experienced tutor. You will learn the basic concepts and importance of an effective CV, ensuring that it includes personal details, information on education, work experience, key skills and references. Where appropriate you will receive support to tailor CVs to specific job roles with a view to improve prospects for being invited for an interview. It will be an opportunity to obtain individual feedback, review drafted CVs and address any individual queries and concerns.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 24/04/2024 -
Wed 24/04/2024
Times:
10:30am - 12:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Wellington Street Job Centre
Crown Buildings
60 Wellington Street
Leicester
LE1 6DS
Tutor:
Ayman Ali
Course code:
Q00013963
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £8.40

Personal Development: Beginners Language@Work

This course is put on in partnership with Wolverhampton City Council and the DWP. It is suitable with learners who wish to improve their English to get ready to apply for a job, who are unemployed and looking for work and who also have English as a second language. Learners with English as a second language, who are looking for work and receiving benefits and aged 19 plus are eligible. If you are in receipt of work related benefits, speak to your work coach at the Job Centre and mention JCP Wolverhampton Hub. Subject to eligibility, travel expenses can be paid. For further information call 07881 358679. There is an information and registration day planned and your advisor will let you know.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 24/04/2024 -
Wed 17/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
12 sessions
Location:
The Old School Building (Wolverhampton)
The Old School
73 Dudley Road
Wolverhampton
WV2 3BY
Tutor:
Saima Gulzar
Course code:
Q00014162
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £100.80

Personal Development: Intermediate Language@Work

This course is put on in partnership with Wolverhampton City Council and the DWP. It is suitable with learners who wish to improve their English to get ready to apply for a job, who are unemployed and looking for work and who also have English as a second language. Learners with English as a second language, who are looking for work and receiving benefits and aged 19 plus are eligible. If you are in receipt of work related benefits, speak to your work coach at the Job Centre and mention JCP Wolverhampton Hub. Subject to eligibility, travel expenses can be paid. For further information call 07881 358679. There is an information and registration day planned on Thursday 18th April.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 24/04/2024 -
Wed 17/07/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
12 sessions
Location:
The Old School Building (Wolverhampton)
The Old School
73 Dudley Road
Wolverhampton
WV2 3BY
Tutor:
Saima Gulzar
Course code:
Q00014163
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £100.80

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12 months
Fee:
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Personal Development: Tolerance and its Limits

British society has often been regarded as one of the most tolerant in the world. In the last few decades however tension has been growing in public debate between those who advocate greater tolerance of differences in beliefs and actions, and those for whom tolerance has ‘gone too far’; between those who advocate not tolerating certain words or views and those who advocate the greatest scope possible for free speech. The course is an opportunity to stand back from the sometimes heated current debates and reflect on the meaning, limits and aims of toleration.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 24/04/2024 -
Wed 26/06/2024
Times:
4:45pm - 6:45pm
Duration:
9 sessions
Tutor:
Bettina Lange
Course code:
Q00014283
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £66.60

Personal Development: Advanced Language@Work

This course is put on in partnership with Wolverhampton City Council and the DWP. It is suitable with learners who wish to improve their English to get ready to apply for a job, who are unemployed and looking for work and who also have English as a second language. Learners with English as a second language, who are looking for work and receiving benefits and aged 19 plus are eligible. If you are in receipt of work related benefits, speak to your work coach at the Job Centre and mention JCP Wolverhampton Hub. Subject to eligibility, travel expenses can be paid. For further information call 07881 358679. There is an information and registration day on Thursday 18th April 10am-12pm.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 25/04/2024 -
Thu 18/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
12 sessions
Location:
The Old School Building (Wolverhampton)
The Old School
73 Dudley Road
Wolverhampton
WV2 3BY
Tutor:
Saima Gulzar
Course code:
Q00014164
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £100.80

Personal Development: DWP CV Writing workshop

This course is for learners of the DWP, Wellington Street, Leicester only. The CV writing workshop will empower Department for Work and Pensions claimants to create a new CV or update an existing CV with the help of an experienced tutor. You will learn the basic concepts and importance of an effective CV, ensuring that it includes personal details, information on education, work experience, key skills and references. Where appropriate you will receive support to tailor CVs to specific job roles with a view to improve prospects for being invited for an interview. It will be an opportunity to obtain individual feedback, review drafted CVs and address any individual queries and concerns.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 29/04/2024 -
Mon 29/04/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Wellington Street Job Centre
Crown Buildings
60 Wellington Street
Leicester
LE1 6DS
Tutor:
Ayman Ali
Course code:
Q00013966
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £8.40

Personal Development: Philosophy - Lies, bull**** and post - truth

Lying is generally perceived as unethical behaviour, and political decision-makers are often accused of lying. It is also often said that we live in a ‘post-truth’ era, in which people care more about effective rhetoric than about whether a claim is true. But the issues are more complicated than you might think. Philosophers have found that we all believe that lying is morally justified in certain situations and have distinguished between lying - not telling the truth - and ‘bullshitting’ (Harry Frankfurt’s term) - not caring about the truth. The course allows you to familiarize yourself with their arguments and evaluate them.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 29/04/2024 -
Mon 08/07/2024
Times:
9:00am - 11:00am
Duration:
9 sessions
Tutor:
Bettina Lange
Course code:
Q00014330
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £66.60

Personal Development: DWP CV Writing workshop

This course is for learners of the DWP, Wellington Street, Leicester only. The CV writing workshop will empower Department for Work and Pensions claimants to create a new CV or update an existing CV with the help of an experienced tutor. You will learn the basic concepts and importance of an effective CV, ensuring that it includes personal details, information on education, work experience, key skills and references. Where appropriate you will receive support to tailor CVs to specific job roles with a view to improve prospects for being invited for an interview. It will be an opportunity to obtain individual feedback, review drafted CVs and address any individual queries and concerns.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 01/05/2024 -
Wed 01/05/2024
Times:
10:30am - 12:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Wellington Street Job Centre
Crown Buildings
60 Wellington Street
Leicester
LE1 6DS
Tutor:
Ayman Ali
Course code:
Q00013967
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £8.40

Professional Development: Employment Skills

Come along to this course if you want to maximise your chances of getting your dream job. Starting with working out your job goals and how you can get smarter at achieving them. You will also get the chance to look at the most successful job searching strategies. Find out what makes a winning CV which has been crafted to fit the job requirements, and avoids the most common pitfalls. How can we prepare effectively and give of our best at interview and also along the way make sure we use tried and tested time management techniques in our job search?

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 02/05/2024 -
Thu 30/05/2024
Times:
6:30pm - 9:30pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Kate Antoniou
Course code:
Q00013857
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £55.50