Professional Development: ASPIRE to Work
This employability course is an innovative programme that enables individuals who have been out of work due to ill health or through disability to develop the skills, attitudes and behaviours that are needed to succeed in securing and sustaining employment.Designed in consultation with JobCentre Plus, the course focuses not just on the practical skills of CV writing, and interview skills but on the much more challenging aspects of personal and social skills development.
To enable individuals who have been out of work due to ill health or through disability to develop the confidence, motivation, skills, attitudes and behaviours needed to succeed in securing and sustaining employment.
Who is the course for?
All students will be referred onto this course by REMPLOY and all students will be in receipt of a means tested benefit.
What topics will this course cover
What topics will this course cover and how will they relate to the theme(s) for this course? • Back to work confidence and motivation • Removing barriers • Identifying transferable skills • Using positive thinking • Job search methods • Covering letters & CV • Understanding the benefits of developing IT Basic skills • Achievable aims • Flexible working
What will it be like?
WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.
By the end of the course I should be able to:
1. Recognise the importance of developing back to work confidence and motivation 2. Identify transferable skills 3. Describe a range of Job search methods 4. Identify the key contents of Covering letters & CV's 5. Describe the range of benefits in gaining basic IT skills
How will I know I'm making progress?
This course does not lead to a formal qualification. The documents that you produce and your increased confidence will demonstrate your progress. There will be plenty of opportunities for you to discuss progress with other participants and your tutor and the Learning Record will ask you to comment on how far you feel you have progressed. In addition, every day over the course, your tutor will give you support and feedback. As many of the tasks are practical it will be easy to see your own progress as well.
What else do I need to know, do or bring?
Handouts will be provided. You may wish to bring a pen and paper to make notes or a tablet PC or Laptop if this is easier for you.
Reading and information sources
No reading/preparation required
What could the course lead to?
Follow on courses include Life Skills - moving on together and INSPIRE - Inspiring you to achieve your potential. Try accessing the Eastern WEA website to discover more opportunities for learning.
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If you don't have a pin, please call 01223 417320 to enquire about enrolling on this course.