FREE courses for getting back to work

Monday 19 April 2021

The Bedford College Group is putting on scores of courses which are free for people across Beds, Northants and MK to access over the summer, including during the school holidays.

Those who are preparing to get back to work post-furlough, or wanting to upgrade their skills to secure positions and promotions, or even seek new challenges, will be able to sign up soon. 

Many of the courses will be online - with occasional visits to college venues nearby. 

For beginners to IT, courses will be at the central “Learning Centres” of Bedford, Kettering and Corby.

English and maths and English for Speakers of Other Languages will be offered - all vital skills to secure employment, or move on to further education.

Some of the English and maths courses will be run using a pioneering Artificial Intelligence (AI) system which provides students with a personalised learning journey through an online platform.  Students can choose to study online or attend the learning centres/college site in the summer to access supervised sessions with trained tutors.

Said Faye Williams, Director of Adult & Community Learning at The Bedford College Group: “This is aimed at adults aged 19+ plus who want to take the time to upgrade their skills”.

“They could be parents who want to used the summer holidays to improve their own English and maths to support the education of their children, or those who want to upgrade their English language or IT skills to secure employment.

“If the last year has taught us anything, it is that people are capable of adapting to new situations and so we are promoting the summer as a time for extra learning - why waste all those weeks when you could be picking up a new skill? The Bedford College Group is committed to supporting our community all year round.”

Employers may want to hear more about FREE learning opportunities for their staff, who can help businesses thrive by using improved skills. 

“IT skills at the very basic level are still very much in short supply at busy companies, particularly among existing, perhaps older staff. By introducing employees to The Bedford College Group’s offer this summer, businesses can be raring to go come September,” added Faye.

There is also a brand-new suite of FREE Level 2 Business and Health & Social Care courses that can be studied entirely online from anywhere in the region.  

There are over 40 different courses available, including:

  • Awareness of Mental Health Problems
  • Business Improvement Techniques
  • Business Start Up
  • Common Childhood Illnesses
  • Common Health Conditions
  • Cyber Security
  • Mental Health First Aid and Advocacy in the Workplace

These are purely online distance learning courses with advice and support available from a dedicated tutor. 

To register an interest, and to find the full list of courses available, please visit here