Career Academies

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 – level 1 award in Skills for Professions in Construction and Engineering and Health & Safety in a Construction Environment which is required by employers and covers risk assessments, hazards, accident reporting, safe manual handling and working at height. 

You will have the opportunity to gain your CSCS 5 year labourers card and we will supply you with your own PPE (Hat, Boots, Hi-Vis Vest).  This course will also include a practical activity in bricklaying skills. 

There will be a blended mixture of online and face to face learning with practical outdoor sessions where available. 

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. 

This programme is only available for home study online, with support from out tutors. 

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Since Covid-19, we’re all paying more attention to hygiene and safety. 

This 2 week programme will get you up to speed with the skills you need to work in cleaning. During this course, you will earn a Level 2 Certificate in Skills for Professions in Catering, Hospitality and Tourism. 

You will learn about: 

• Chemicals and equipment used for Cleaning in the Hospitality Industry

• Safe, Hygienic and Secure Working Environments

• Personal responsibility for health and safety when in the workplace

• Personal hygiene & identifying hazards

You will also be searching and applying for vacancies in cleaning and facilities management as well as completing  job applications for cleaning/facilities management vacancies.  Towards the end, you will prepare for and take part in a mock interview. 

Running in Torquay and Plymouth, this 4-week training programme is the ideal first step for anyone who wishes to work in the security industry, for example as a Door Supervisor, Security Guard, Festival or Sporting Event Steward.
You will gain new vocational and employability skills and qualifications to help you obtain paid employment, plus the connections to further your career. You will be given the opportunity for a work experience day within the industry. 

The course will be delivered using a blended approach – taught sessions in centre, plus self-led learning with lesson resources provided, and you will need to commit to studying 5 days a week for the full 4 weeks. You will need access to the internet via tablet, laptop or pc. 

You will gain the following qualifications: 

  • HABC L1 Certificate in Personal Development Employability
  • L2 Award working as a Door Supervisor
  • L3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work 

This programme is available to unemployed people only via Job Centre Plus – please contact your JCP workcoach to see if you are eligible and to make a referral. 

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 online Academy gets you ready to seek work in a care environment, including tailoring your CV and covering letter to job applications. 

You will be exploring careers and job opportunities within the health and social care sector while looking at hours, pay, expectations, career development, skills and qualifications needed for health and social care job roles.  

You will be searching and applying for vacancies as well as completing  a job application for health and social care vacancy. Towards the end of the academy, you prepare for and take part in a mock interview.

Referral to this is via your JCP workcoach only.

With so many Hotels and Restaurants in the area, there’s still a need for keen hospitality workers who can offer great customer service.  This online academy gives people the skills needed to gain work in this busy and rewarding sector. 

You will be exploring careers and job opportunities within the hospitality sector as well as:  exploring what good customer service looks like, making a good first impression, verbal and non-verbal communication skills, dealing with customer complaints & searching and applying for vacancies while completing  a job application for a hospitality vacancy. Towards the end of the academy, you will prepare for and take part in a mock interview.

Referral to this is via your JCP workcoach only.

Working in association with Adecco recruitment, this online academy will guide you through applying to work for online retail giant Amazon. This includes health & safety requirements as well as a practice mock interview – an expanding and exciting opportunity!

 Referral to this is via your JCP workcoach only.

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