Free Courses for Unemployed


SECTOR-BASED WORK ACADEMY PROGRAMME (SWAPS)

A Sector-based Work Academy Programme (SWAPs) is an opportunity to learn new skills and get experience of working in a particular industry, for example care, retail or security.

The programmes are designed to help jobseekers, who are claiming either Universal Credit, Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), to build your confidence, improve your job prospects and enhance your CVs.

SWAPs last up to six weeks, and consist of three parts:

  • pre-employment training – a short module of vocational training run by a local college or training provider
  • work experience with an employer in the industry, where you can learn new skills on the job
  • at the end of the programme, either a job interview with an employer in the sector or if an interview cannot be offered, help with the application process

The programme is designed to help improve job prospects and help employers fill jobs, as each SWAP is linked to one or more genuine job vacancy. While you’re not guaranteed to get a job from completing a SWAP, it does help you to improve your chances of gaining employment in that sector.

You can find out more information, including eligibility and requirements on the gov.uk website.

IS A SWAP FOR ME?

If you are claiming Universal Credit, JSA or ESA, live in England, and are looking for work, then a SWAP could be a great way to find a new job.

You will continue to receive benefits whilst taking part in a SWAP, and if you need to travel to the employer’s place of work or to where the training is held, you may be able to receive help covering the cost of public transport or appropriate childcare.

If you are interested in taking part in a SWAP, you will need to talk to your work coach, who will discuss with you the opportunities available

SWAPs Available:

Security

QUALIFICATION: Level 2 Door Supervisor Emergency, First Aid at Work, Customer Service and SIA Badge funded

EMPLOYER LINKS: Secure Pro & Various

INFORMATION/ASSESSMENT DAY (duration is approx. 2hrs): Wed 4 Jan 10am or Wed 11 Jan 10am at the Broadway Campus

COURSE: 16 Jan – 6 Feb 9.30am-4pm at the Broadway Campus

MEET THE EMPLOYER: Date TBC

Security

QUALIFICATION: Level 2 Door Supervisor Emergency, First Aid at Work, Customer Service and SIA Badge funded

EMPLOYER LINKS: Secure Pro & Various

INFORMATION/ASSESSMENT DAY (duration is approx. 2hrs): Wed 22 Feb 10am at the Broadway Campus

COURSE: 28 Feb – 20 March 9.30am-4pm at the Broadway Campus

MEET THE EMPLOYER: Date TBC

Care

QUALIFICATION: City and Guilds Certificate for Skills for Working in the Health, Adult and Child Care Sectors

EMPLOYER LINKS: Karissa Healthcare (Residential) LJM Care NHS Clinical

INFORMATION/ASSESSMENT DAY (duration is approx. 2hrs): Wed 8 Feb 10am at the Black Country Skills Shop

COURSE: 13-24 Feb 9.30am-3pm at Black Country Skills Shop

MEET THE EMPLOYER: Date TBC

Business Admin Apprenticeships

QUALIFICATION: BIIAB Level 1 Business Administration and City & Guilds Customer Service Entry Level 3

EMPLOYER LINKS: Various Employers

INFORMATION/ASSESSMENT DAY (duration is approx. 2hrs): Wed 4 Jan 10am at Black Country Skills Shop

COURSE: 9-20 Jan 9.30am-3pm at Black Country Skills Shop

MEET THE EMPLOYER: Date TBC

Teaching Assistants & Non-teaching Roles

QUALIFICATION: Level 2 Award in Supporting in Schools and Employability

EMPLOYER LINKS: Dudley College, Smile Education

INFORMATION/ASSESSMENT DAY (duration is approx. 2hrs): Wed 25 Jan 10am at Black Country Skills Shop

COURSE: 30 Jan – 24 Feb 9.30am-3pm at Black Country Skills Shop

MEET THE EMPLOYER: Date TBC

Civil Service

QUALIFICATION: BIIAB Level 1 Business Administration and City & Guilds Customer Service Entry Level 3

EMPLOYER LINKS: Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

INFORMATION/ASSESSMENT DAY (duration is approx. 2hrs): Wed 4 Jan 10am at Black Country Skills Shop

COURSE: 9-20 Jan 9.30am-3pm at Black Country Skills Shop

MEET THE EMPLOYER: date TBC

Civil Service

QUALIFICATION: BIIAB Level 1 Business Administration and City & Guilds Customer Service Entry Level 3

EMPLOYER LINKS: Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

INFORMATION/ASSESSMENT DAY (duration is approx. 2hrs): Wed 8 March 10am at Black Country Skills Shop

COURSE: 13-24 March 9.30am-3pm at Black Country Skills Shop

MEET THE EMPLOYER: date TBC

NHS (Non-clinical Roles & Apprenticeships)

QUALIFICATION: BIIAB Level 1 Business Administration and City & Guilds Customer Service Entry Level 3

EMPLOYER LINKS: Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust

INFORMATION/ASSESSMENT DAY (duration is approx. 2hrs): Wed 18 Jan 10am at Black Country Skills Shop

COURSE: 23 Jan – 3 Feb 9.30am-3pm at Black Country Skills Shop

MEET THE EMPLOYER: Date TBC

NHS (Non-clinical Roles & Apprenticeships)

QUALIFICATION: BIIAB Level 1 Business Administration and City & Guilds Customer Service Entry Level 3

EMPLOYER LINKS: Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust

INFORMATION/ASSESSMENT DAY (duration is approx. 2hrs): Wed 22 March 10am at Black Country Skills Shop

COURSE: 27 March – 11 April 9.30am-3pm at Black Country Skills Shop

MEET THE EMPLOYER: Date TBC

Construction Gateway

QUALIFICATION: PASMA & CSCS Card, Construction Groundworks, First Aid at Work, Health & Safety in Construction Level 1

EMPLOYER LINKS: VGC

INFORMATION/ASSESSMENT DAY (duration is approx. 2hrs): Wed 3 Feb 10am and 7 Feb 10am at the CAT Centre

COURSE: 13 Feb – 23 March 9.30am-3pm at the CAT Centre

MEET THE EMPLOYER: Date TBC

Construction Gateway

QUALIFICATION: PASMA & CSCS Card, Construction Groundworks, First Aid at Work, Health & Safety in Construction Level 1

EMPLOYER LINKS: VGC

INFORMATION/ASSESSMENT DAY (duration is approx. 2hrs): 14 March 10am and 21 March 10am at the CAT Centre

COURSE: 27 March – 10 May 9.30am-3pm at the CAT Centre

MEET THE EMPLOYER: Date TBC

Interested?

Complete this form below and a member of the Black Country Skills Shop team will get back to you. Alternatively you can call us on 01384 363790.

SWAPs Enquiry

Name(Required)
Benefits(Required)
Please confirm that you are in receipt of one of these benefits
Protecting Your Privacy and Personal Data(Required)
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Course Search:
Career Search