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Fresh Start Programme

Course Code:RW1853A

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Supporting people who have experienced long-term unemployment, in getting back to work.

What the course is about

This 12 week course is designed to provide training and support to help you get back to work.

The aims of the course are to equip you with skills and support to enable you to:

  • Overcome challenges (childcare, finance, skills or health) preventing a return to work - through advisory and coaching support
  • Identify and set personal goals, targets and actions
  • Understand the importance of adapting job expectations to current labour demand
  • Recognise how building on existing skills (strengths) will help transition to work - where there are priorities in local economy and labour market
  • Access training - upskill for job specific skills and emerging job opportunities
  • Attain qualifications -to support a return to work
  • Apply for work online - and attend virtual interviews
  • Attend classroom based lessons that support development of a range of employability skills to build self-confidence - for example, digital, communication, teamwork, problem solving
  • Plan, prepare, manage own learning
  • Monitor and review progress - action plan to address any lack of progress
  • Improve overall confidence and motivation - to get back to work

On completion of course, Learners will:

  • Have understanding of how to transition to changing labour market needs
  • Have developed relevant skills for employment including digitalised
  • Developing a positive mindset
  • Be able to self-assess and self-reflect on own attitudes and behaviours to make positive changes
  • Be able to confidently participate in Group discussions
  • Impact measure effects of own learning and progress
  • Take part in peer observations and be able to give constructive feedback
  • Evaluate own learning
  • Create and complete own Personal Development Plan
  • Take responsibility for own development through coaching and directed study
  • Achieve work related qualification(s)
  • Achieve Certificate of Attendance outlining achievement of learning outcomes

Digital skills will include staying safe online, use of programs like Word, Outlook.

Pre-course information session or interview

There are no pre-course admission sessions or interviews in order to enrol on this course.

To ensure there are no barriers to achievement please advise us if you have particular requirements to help you complete the course.

You should have basic digital skills to enable you to log-on to a computer, use a mouse and navigate around Windows.

You will be set up with appropriate Skills and Learning logins including an email account. You need to have access to suitable IT equipment and Wifi, when not in the classroom, to complete your directed home study. It is not recommended you rely on use of a Smartphone when not in the classroom.

Completion of directed study, at home, is a requirement of this course.

This course is subsidised by Government funding so you are expected to attend and commit to the requirements for completing the whole course.

Assessment of progress, tests, exams

Course Tutors will work with you to develop a Personal Development Plan (PDP) which will help you review your progress towards achieving your goals during the course.

Successful completion of the course will provide the opportunity to attain the following qualifications:

Entry 3 Award in the importance of Resilience and Grit.

Entry 3 Award in Developing Online Digital Skills.

All units are internally assessed through the learner building up a portfolio of evidence that covers the relevant assessment criteria. They are internally assessed and verified by the centre and then externally verified by the Awarding Body.

Who the course is for / Previous experience, knowledge or qualifications

While no prior learning or experience is required you must be able to commit to a 12 week programme that includes both classroom based and directed learning at home.

You must be able to fully participate in all aspects of the programme - including developing theoretical knowledge, working with others, attainment of qualifications and personal presentation skills.

Materials and costs

There are no additional costs to this course however you should be prepared to provide notetaking equipment.

Next Step

This course is intended to give you an understanding of resilience and grit which can be applied in a wide variety of contexts and will enable you to use as part of continuing professional development.

This course is intended to enable you to develop essential digital skills necessary for work.

Other courses at the next levels may be offered by Skills & Learning or other local providers.

Additional information

English, maths and computing skills: all of our courses support the development of relevant English, maths and computing skills.

Refunds: please see details of our cancellation policy in our Terms and Conditions on our website or in our brochure.

Attendance: before enrolling you should ensure that you can attend all classes offered as far as possible

Places on courses: some of our courses will be in high demand and if you have been offered a place but no longer require it, please advise us immediately as you may be preventing another learner from the taking the place. Where learners do not attend the first session, without having given prior notice, Skills & Learning reserve the right to offer the place on the course to another learner and you will not be eligible to a refund it its outside of the terms outlined in our cancellation policy.

Fully funded learners: if you have been offered a fully funded place on a course and no longer require it, you must advise us before the course starts so that your place can be offered to someone else. We reserve the right to withdraw future offers of fully funded places if you regularly do not start or complete funded courses.

Home study: you may be required to do some study at home between sessions to assist with your learning and progress.

Qualification Levels: there is further information about qualification levels on our website. Some courses will have learners of different levels being taught in the same class with differentiated learning materials and activities appropriate to the qualification level.

Proof of identity: please bring photographic ID and your National Insurance number with you to your first session. You will also need to provide it for any external examinations you take.

Off-site activities: with some courses, there may be the opportunity for off-site enrichment activities at additional cost, for example: gallery, museum or exhibition visits. Where this is an integral part of the course, your tutor will discuss the arrangements with you during your induction.

Parking at Centres: parking at centres may be limited, please be prepared to use on street parking or pay and display car parks. For information regarding each centre, please visit the venue section of our website

Refreshments: tea/coffee or vending machine(s) are available at some venues. Further information can be found in the venue section of our website

Unspent Criminal Convictions we require learners to disclose any unspent criminal convictions. Please refer to

If you have any accessibility or disability issues that we need to accommodate or if you think you may need any other support to complete your chosen course please contact:01202 123444 or e-mail [email protected]. All enquiries are treated in confidence.

Course Details

Start Date26 April 2022

LocationOakdale Centre, Wimborne Road, Poole, BH15 3DL


Time12:30 - 17:00

Duration12 weeks

SubjectDeveloping Work Skills


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