This section has been produced to provide you with a range of helpful and supportive links to assist you on your learner journey.
Below you will find:
- What next? (What you can do once you have completed a WEA course)
- Information, advice and guidance links
- Independent learning links
- Enhancing your employability skills
- Volunteering and work experience links
- Employability links
- Additional learning support links- to provide information and advice to students
- Student support – financial support offered by the WEA to support students on their learning journey
1. What Next? (What you can do next once you have completed a WEA course)
Our What Next? leaflet offers practical advice and guidance for those seeking to progress with their studies.
You will find it useful if you:
- Have finished a WEA course but are not sure what to do next
- Can't find a suitable WEA course
- Want help with finding a higher level course
- Want help with your career or with finding a job
- Would like more one-to-one advice or guidance
The first port of call may be to contact your Regional Office.
2. Information Advice and Guidance (IAG)
Useful links to find out more about the WEA courses and gain some careers guidance.
The WEA aims to support students to you to achieve your aspirations and helping you to reach your goals relating to one (or more) of the following: education, a new career, progression to other courses, promotion at work or personal and professional development.
What type of information, advice and guidance do we offer to support students?
- Planning and choosing your career
- Finding the right courses and learning support
- Giving you information about WEA membership, fees and financial support.
- Finding employment
Receiving IAG can offer students a range of specialist support which includes:
- Finding education, training and progression opportunities that are appropriate for you and your personal circumstances
- Help to understand employability skills and the labour market
- Developing your CV and Job searching skills
- Advice and signposting to other professional organisations that can help you.
Call: 0300 303 3464
Our website provides information, advice and guidance to help individuals to make decisions on learning, training and work.
Information about careers
- National Careers service or call: 0800 100 900
- Careers Box - Careers box is the national careers film library, a free careers resource showing hundreds of real people doing real jobs.
- Start - An Online platform that helps students transition from education to employment and promote the importance of employability.
- MyCareerSpringboard - Designed to help teachers deliver careers guidance to their students in the most fun, simple and effective way possible.
- Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) - Locally-owned partnerships between local authorities and businesses. They play a central role in determining local economic priorities and undertaking activities to drive economic growth and the creation of local jobs.
- Prospects - Experts in graduate careers. They help to guide students and graduates to a bright future with unrivalled information, advice and opportunities.
- Apprenticeships - This website provides information on apprenticeships and current apprenticeship vacancies.
Careers test - To help you in assessing your current skills, abilities and jobs you may be interested in
- My Careers Springboard careers test
- National Careers service skills health test
- Prospects Career planner (ideal for graduates)
3. Independent learning links - Useful web links students can use whilst studying on a WEA course and beyond
- Learn My Way - A website of free online courses for beginners, helping you develop digital skills to make the most of the online world.
- Pearl - Part-time education for adults returning to learning (Designed to help and inspire individuals to explore their learning options.
- OpenLearn - OpenLearn aims to break the barriers to education by reaching millions of learners around the world, providing free educational resources.
- Barclays - Lifeskills - Offers individuals interactive tools and resources to help in enhancing employability skills and understanding finances.
4. Enhancing your employability skills to help prepare you for your job searches and applications
CV writing resources
Useful links to help you create and perfect your CV
- Barclays Lifeskills CV writing
- National careers service CV writing
- Reed CV writing
- Flexiworkforce CV writing
Job search and applications
Helpful information offered to help you looking and apply for jobs effectively.
Preparing for an interview
Helpful hints and tips in helping to perform well in an interview setting.
5. Volunteering and work experience links - Opportunities to enable students to enhance or gain some experience in an area of interest
Whether or not you have finished your course, we also invite you to consider becoming a member or volunteer with the WEA. Membership is open to anyone who supports our aims and values. Members receive regular updates about WEA campaigns, fundraising and events and are able to contribute views through surveys and polls. You can join by contacting your Regional Office, submitting an online form or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Getting work experience
Contact your local Council for Voluntary Service (CVS)
Community service volunteers
NAVCA (National Association for Voluntary and Community Action)
6. Job hunting websites - Some helpful websites that can help you look for employment
The websites below publish job opportunities and useful resources to help you looking for vacancies in areas of work you are interested in.
- CV Library
- Guardian jobs
- Local government jobs
- NHS jobs
- Total jobs
- Universal job match
Supported employment opportunities for individuals with a learning difficulty and or disability.
7. Student Support – Financial support offered by the WEA to support students on their learning journey
Learner Support (DLS) is a discretionary fund that allows us to provide financial support to students on a course funded through the ESFA (Education Skills Funding Agency) with a specific financial hardship preventing them from taking part in learning. The Discretionary Learner Support fund is a limited fund.
8. Additional learning support links
Information and advice for students with a learning need or disability