If you are looking for work, need to get a better job, or want to improve your work skills, the WEA is here for you. We have a great track record of helping people like you gain the skills and confidence they need for work. Best of all, most of our work skills courses are free*.    

Skip to courses

You can improve your job opportunities with the WEA.  

Reach your potential  

We know you can reach your potential in three simple steps:  

  • Build your confidence and essential skills  
  • Develop skills related to specific types of jobs  
  • Progress in your current job by boosting your current skills and learning new ones  

Supportive classes

The WEA and our team of supportive tutors are here for you at every step.  Whether you’re a jobseeker, have recently been made redundant or you simply want to move up the ladder, we have a course for you.   

Improve your English, maths or digital skills to earn more money.  Find courses in health and social care, community interpreting, schools and childcare and more.   

Find out more about job hunting, take courses to become more employable or change your career. Boost your employability skills and stand out on that job application.    

Learn your way with the WEA

Take a short, informal course or gain a national qualification. Learning in a classroom, in a work setting or at home, you’ll always have the same great support from your tutor.  

There’s something for everyone.

*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.

Please enter your postcode

In order for us to give you accurate results for your courses, please click on the Search options and enter your postcode and the mile radius for your search.

Refine search

How you'll learn

Your location

Please enter your postcode or town for your search in the boxes below.

We have defaulted the search to ten miles, but you can change this number in the box as you wish.

Sort by start date

Choose to sort the course start date in ascending order (furthest away dates first) or descending (most recent dates first)

Results per page

Days

Other Filters

Part of day
Level of study
Availability
Search for the branch name/location, without adding branch e.g. Barnet

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:
9 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Multiply Essex: Beginners Excel and Spreadsheets

Did you know you can use spreadsheets to make hundreds of everyday tasks easier? You can use them to efficiently keep track of job applications, birthday lists, inventories of collectible items, or anything else. Never opened a spreadsheet in your life? Don’t worry. This is an Excel course for beginners, and we’ll cover all the basics. This beginners Excel course aims to teach you computer skills for everyday life, including simple budgeting techniques to manage your money better. This course is funded through Multiply, you are eligible for full funding if you are aged 19+ and have an Essex home postcode.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 06/06/2024 -
Thu 06/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 1:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Chris George
Course code:
Q00015443
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Introduction to working in schools

Are you thinking about working in schools? Do you know how you can get involved in working in schools? Would you like to help children gain confidence in their reading as well as English and maths? Then this may be the course for you. You will learn a range of strategies to help children in schools or your own children at home to become more confident in their ability. This course is ideal for anyone looking to progress onto work or volunteering in an education setting. Join us for this introduction course to find out more about working in schools in a support role

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 07/06/2024 -
Fri 21/06/2024
Location:
Reading Community Learning Centre (Readi
94 London Street
Reading
RG1 4SJ
Course code:
P00000063
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
7 places remaining
Status:
Available

Personal Development: Improve your Confidence and Interview Skills

Empower your journey towards employment success with our "Improve your Confidence and Interview Skills" online course. Tailored for the unemployed, this 8-hour program spans four interactive 2-hour sessions. Whether you're new to courses or seeking a fresh perspective, unlock the confidence and interview techniques needed to stand out in today's competitive job market.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 07/06/2024 -
Fri 28/06/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Harsha Kotecha
Course code:
Q00013834
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £29.60

WEA Membership

For just £15 a year, you can:

  • Join our popular, award-winning weekly lecture series,
  • Access an archive of over 100 past lectures,
  • Get priority online and phone booking for autumn courses (England only),
  • Receive our Highway magazine and access back issues,
  • Attend our members’ annual conference.

Just add us to your basket to sign up today!

Membership Information

Duration:
12 months
Fee:
WEA Membership

Supporting Autistic Children & Teens

Having a child or loved one receive an autism diagnosis can be worrying and unsettling. It’s difficult to know how best to support autistic children’s needs without external guidance. This autism course can teach you how to offer support to help autistic young people live healthy and fulfilling lives. This taster course is ideal for you if you have regular contact with autistic children or teenagers. It is aimed at parents, family members, community workers, or volunteers who interact closely with autistic kids. It can be useful both if you are going through diagnosis, and also if you feel you need extra resources to help support a developing autistic child.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 07/06/2024 -
Fri 07/06/2024
Times:
9:30am - 3:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Camborne Centenary Chapel (Camborne)
Wesley Street
Camborne
TR14 8HS
Tutor:
Pamela Rozentals
Course code:
Q00014570
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £25.20

Schools, Parenting and Child Development: Supporting with moving on to primary school

This course is for parents and carers who have children in the early years who will be getting ready to move on to primary school. The course will help develop, explore and understand the process and tools required to make it a smooth transition for all. This will ensure the child gets the best possible start in their new setting and help make their learning experience positive. We will have the opportunity to find out about how the education system works in the UK & how to best support your child at home.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 07/06/2024 -
Fri 05/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Location:
Ann Tayler Children's Centre (Hackney)
1-13 Triangle Road
Off Westgate Street
Hackney
E8 3RP
Tutor:
Tracey Shackle
Course code:
Q00015240
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £92.40

Level 2 Sewing into Business Progression - Rochdale Training Centre, Rochdale

Discover the art of precision and creativity in our Sewing for Business progression Course. Expand on the fundamentals of machine sewing, mastering essential techniques, and creating a garment of your choice. You'll gain hands-on experience and the confidence to bring your design ideas to life. Learners will be taught how to make specific garments, as well as master more skilled techniques, such as sewing concealed zips into garments and more complex stitching. Join us for a transformative learning experience that blends craftsmanship with entrepreneurial acumen, equipping you for success in the world of sewing and business.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 07/06/2024 -
Fri 28/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 4:00pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Rochdale Training
Fishwick Street
Rochdale
OL16 5NA
Tutor:
Nasim Younis
Course code:
Q00015446
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
8 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £75.00

Award in Volunteering Level 2

If you’d like to learn universal work skills that can help you in a variety of paid or voluntary roles, community volunteering qualifications are your best bet. Research volunteer opportunities that can bring you gratification and teach you important skills. Get a peek into the voluntary work sector and understand which roles could suit you. This course is appropriate if you want to start voluntary work or already form part of a voluntary organisation. It can also help the long-term unemployed or those returning to work after a long break.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 07/06/2024 -
Fri 12/07/2024
Times:
9:45am - 1:45pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Gale Hollis
Course code:
Q00015830
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £75.00

Personal Development: First Steps to Using a Computer

This intermediate introduction to computers course provides learners with indispensable skills for confidently navigating modern computing environments. Participants will develop proficiency in fundamental software applications, effective file management, and basic troubleshooting techniques. Engaging in hands-on activities, students will cultivate practical knowledge in word processing, spreadsheet management, and presentation software. By the end of the course, learners will be equipped with the necessary tools to navigate and utilize various software efficiently, enhancing their productivity and adaptability in today's digital landscape.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 07/06/2024 -
Fri 12/07/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Involve Wellbeing (Lincoln)
12 Mint Lane
Lincoln
LN1 1UD
Tutor:
Patrick O'Reilly
Course code:
Q00015862
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £33.60

Personal Development: DWP CV Writing workshop

This course is for leaners of the DWP Leicestershire. 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 10/06/2024 -
Mon 10/06/2024
Times:
9:30am - 11:00am
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Reshma Ladva
Course code:
Q00014268
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £5.55