Get ready for employment

Ref: C3127271

If you would like to learn about applying for a job, writing a covering letter, creating a CV and practising interview skills then this course will help you. The course will also help you to understand areas such as your pay slip, what you are entitled to according to your contract and will help you understand what is acceptable and not acceptable behaviour when you are working, from both an employees perspective and an employers perspective.

Course aim

This course is to help students to prepare for job interviews and to help with the application process. It will also take a brief look at elements within work that are important to understand, i.e. pay slips, contracts, grievances, behaviour, etc.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit:
  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for improvers
  • For anyone who has a good level of English and understanding and is looking for work.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • produce a good covering letter.
  • produce an appropriately structured CV.
  • understand how to behave in an interview and what kind of questions I may be asked or may want to ask.
  • read and understand the information on a payslip.
  • assess whether how I am behaving or being treated at work is acceptable or not.

How will I be taught?

  • Most of your learning will take place in your class, but one or two sessions will be online using WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas, working by yourself or engaging with other students. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit:
  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • You will also need access to the internet outside of your sessions. You could do this using a smart phone, tablet, laptop or a desktop computer (at home or through a library etc.).
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit:
  • Please bring pens / pencils, paper and a folder if you have one, or a note book.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Please consider which jobs you may like to apply for or which industry you may wish to work in. Also, you will need to bring any certificates you have from previous courses and be able to write down schools, colleges and universities you may have attended, with names, dates and course details.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • You could apply for / obtain voluntary work or paid work within a chosen company or industry.

Download full course information sheet

Get ready for employment

Enrolment Conditions

This course is funded by the West Midlands Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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