Career Academies

With an ageing population, and lots of people choosing to retire to the South West, the care sector is growing rapidly, offering lots of job opportunities for the right people. This two-week Academy gets you ready to seek work in a care environment, including tailoring your CV and covering letter to job applications. 

You will also gain the Level 1 Award in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care, which will give you an insight into the skills and attitudes needed to work in care, and help you identify your own skills and attitudes. 

The Academy may also include with a mock interview with a local employer in the sector, who can offer you feedback and further advice. 

Shops, cafes and leisure attractions all require staff who can be calm, confident and capable with customers. If you’re looking for a retail job, then this academy could help you get a head start – you will learn how to create and tailor your CV and covering letter to apply for relevant vacancies plus advice about the different ways local employers screen candidates for vacancies. 

You will gain the Level 1 Award in Retail Knowledge, which covers a variety of useful topics including: understanding customer service, health and safety, retail selling and business principles and how you can contribute as an individual and as part of a team. 

At the end of the 2-week academy you may also get the opportunity to mock in terview with a local employer in the sector, to give you experience and
valuable feedback. 

With so many Hotels and Restaurants in the area, there’s always a need for keen hospitality workers who can offer great customer service. This two-week academy gives you the skills you need to gain work in this busy and rewarding sec- tor, including tailoring your CV and covering letter to job applications. 

You will also get the opportunity to gain two qualifications. The Introduction to Customer Service Skills covers: positive verbal and non-verbal communication, understanding confidentiality, respecting customer needs, why it is important to make a good first impression, good practice in customer service. The Level 1 Introduction to Hospitality covers: different outlets and services offered in hospitality, exploring different job roles and job opportunities, work patterns and identifying training and career opportunities. 

One of our most popular academies, this gives you the tools to work in the construction industry, which has been booming in the South West and beyond. 

You will learn how to create and tailor your CV and covering letter to apply for suitable jobs. You’ll also gain two qualifications – Starting Work in Construction will help you identify career opportunities, career choices, working responsibly and communicating appropriately. Health & Safety in a Construction Environment is required by employers and covers risk assessments, hazards, accident reporting, safe manual handling and working at height. 

After successful completion of the 2-week academy, you will get your full 5 year CSCS Labourer’s Card, permitting you to work in a construction or horticulture environment. You may also get the chance to mock interview with a local employer. 

If you’re a budding entrepreneur, want to make money for yourself instead of a boss, or to find a flexible way to work around your caring commitments or health issues, then self-employment could be the answer! 

Our 6 week programme will help your explore and develop your ideas within a small group setting. You will share idea, info and tips and gain insight into the following areas, to help your business develop: 

  • The Challenges of Working from Home
  • The Importance of Business Planning (2 weeks)
  • Marketing your small business
  • Social Media for small business
  • Book Keeping and Tax Self assessment

You may attend individual workshops, but completing the full programme is recommended, and will give you a Level 1 Award from SFEDI, the awarding body for enterprise. 

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