Jobs, digital and other skills: free advice, support and courses

Many of us are now jobseekers due to the Covid-19 pandemic. ‘Connecting people with jobs’ is one of Waltham Forest Council’s key priorities to help us recover from the pandemic.

Free jobs help, advice, skills courses, training and resources

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If you are trying to get a job or change career, it can be hard to know where to start. Below are websites with free advice, courses and resources from Microsoft, Waltham Forest Council and Gov UK.

Microsoft’s global skills initiative: jobs training and qualifications

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In 2020, Microsoft launched a new global skills initiative to help 25 million people learn digital and other skills get back into work.

You can access free and discounted training and resources on LinkedIn, GitHub, and Microsoft.

The programme can help you ‘discover new career paths, learn relevant skills, find jobs that are in-demand and stand out to recruiters’. You can also search and apply for jobs, and get tips for interviews.

Get the job that’s right for you (LinkedIn website)

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Gov UK’s JobHelp campaign

Screenshot of job help site "Support, training and advice on finding your next opportunity"

This is a new campaign from Gov UK to get more people back into work. Aside from careers advice, there are links to jobs in many sectors including:

  • Agriculture
  • Construction
  • Digital and Tech
  • Adult Health and Social Care
  • Manufacturing
  • Public sector
  • Transport and logistics
  • Hospitality

For vacancies and support, go to the JobHelp website.

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Accessibility Fundamentals: free online course by Microsoft

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Microsoft believes that “technology can empower people to achieve more, help strengthen education opportunities, and make the workplace more inviting and inclusive for people with disabilities.”

If you are new to accessibility, improve your understanding and skills with this short (2hrs 25 mins) Microsoft course.

You will learn about:

  • accessibility and inclusion;
  • Microsoft’s accessibility features and tools;
  • creating accessible content with Microsoft 365; and
  • digital accessibility.

Start Microsoft’s Accessibility Fundamentals course

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Job Help website for young and older jobseekers (Jobcentre Plus)

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The Job Help website by Jobcentre Plus has a wide range of resources and links to help you find, apply for and get a job. You can also explore local support in your area.

The tips for finding work depend on your age and your circumstances. For example, if you are over 40 years old and want to change careers, or if you need a job after leaving prison.

Over 50 and worried about working? The site lists special programmes that can help you get a job.

Under 25? From apprenticeships to being ready for work, the Job Help website has tips if you are just starting out in a career.

Go to the Job Help website

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National Careers Service (England)

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The National Careers Service can help you make decisions about work, learning and training.

You can speak to a careers adviser and get advice on career choices, how to get a job and how to move up in your career.

The website has a skills assessment, job profiles and links to courses. Go to the National Careers Service website

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Skills Toolkit: free courses

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The Skills Toolkit has links to free practical courses.

There are general as well as specialist courses that can help you gain skills to get a new job or to change your job.

Areas include:

  • maths;
  • digital skills and computer essentials including Microsoft Word and how to send an email;
  • wellbeing and stress;
  • business and finance;
  • digital design and marketing;
  • computer science and coding.

Go to the Skills Toolkit

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Free courses for jobs: Lifetime Skills Guarantee

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The UK government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee allows adults aged 19 and older to take certain qualification courses for free. There are also special ‘skills bootcamps’.

Agriculture, accounting and finance … childcare, environmental conservation and warehousing and distribution: choose from hundreds of free level 3 qualifications to help you get a job.

Read more about these free courses and how to apply

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Waltham Forest employment service and our jobs help contact form

Free jobs help & tips: expert support so you can find, apply for and get a new job

At Waltham Forest Employment, Business and Skills, we offer free support for businesses and residents. If you are unemployed, you can contact our Rapid Employment Service for Waltham Forest residents.

To find out more about how we can help you, please complete our jobs help contact form.

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Waltham Forest skills courses, free job clubs and help to get a job

Learn skills for work: skills and qualification courses for adults (free or up to 70% off)

Passport to Work

If you are unemployed and you are a Waltham Forest resident, you could book our free Passport to Work programme. You will learn digital skills, interview skills and teamwork. You will also create a learning plan and get access to job vacancies.

If you are not a Waltham Forest resident, you can still enrol with us on other courses! Our courses are open to all adults anywhere in the UK aged 19 and older. (For apprenticeships you only need to be 16 or older.) Most of our courses are free or you can get up to 70 percent off depending on your circumstances.

Job clubs and free/discounted courses to gain skills

Do you need individual advice about getting a job? Book a free Job Club session. Our Job Clubs allow you to get personalised expert advice about applying for jobs.

For free courses, jobs help and more, please go to our main job skills and help page.

Other courses at Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service

We have hundreds of courses to help you explore your creativity, learn new skills or gain a nationally recognised certificate to boost your CV.

Find your course today: explore our prospectus and course listings

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