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Training & development



There are lots of training opportunities available for people looking for work or to up-skill in a wide range of areas.

Adult community learning

Bath College provides Adult Community Learning training courses in English, maths and also runs job clubs. Job clubs offer tutor-led support in:

  • Active job searching, latest vacancies help
  • Improve communication skills and goal-setting
  • Assistance with application forms (including online)
  • Interview preparation and practice
  • Computer skills for work

Bath College can now offer these courses at their Somer Valley campus in Radstock. For a list of current and upcoming courses visit Bath College's website.

Learn Direct

Leard Direct across the South West can offer free courses if you're claiming some kind of unemployment benefit. These courses can help you develop the essential skills that employers are looking for. The timings of the courses are flexible and Learn Direct can help you to make this work around your lifestyle:

  • ICT (ECDL Level 1 & 2)
  • Customer service
  • Confidence and motivation
  • Employability skills
  • Business administration

Visit Learn Direct's website

Sector-Based Work Academies

The Sector-Based Work Academies scheme offers a combination of training and a work placement to people unemployed for over three months.

Anyone completing a placement is given a guaranteed job interview with the organisation they have been placed with.

Placements can last up to six weeks, typically divided between some classroom training and on-the-job experience.


LifeWorks is a fully funded five-day course run by Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI) in different locations across the UK. It's designed to equip ex-armed forces personnel with the tools they need to get into and maintain a civillain job. It is available to anyone who's been in the armed forces regardless of how long and when they served.

For more information contact 0800 319 6844 or go to the RBLI's website.

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