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Understanding Pensions (20 Hours)

This course gives an introduction to understanding the world of Pensions. It will help learners identify the main sources of income in retirement and understand key ideas and terminology in pension information. The course will also help identify the key standards and regulations and explain how to use information on pensions. This will cover occupational pension schemes and the State Pension.

NOTE: This course does not give financial advice or management


Employment Rights Awareness

It always helps to know your rights at work, even if you are just having an informal chat with your employer. Most problems at work can be sorted out without needing to involve lawyers and the courts, but if the worst happens you may need to know your legal rights in a hurry, or know where to go to get employment law advice.

This course will help you to identify basic employment rights; to identify ways of taking up employment rights; and to understand the role of unions and union representatives in the workplace.


Health and Wellbeing

The course provides useful facts on how to exercise safely and effectively, and includes a diary to help record any exercise undertaken. The key elements of the course will include:

Understanding the principles of exercise and fitness

Demonstrating an understanding of safety factors relating to exercise

Applying the principles of a training programme

Recognising the job employment implications of ill-health


Social Media

This Introduction to Social Media course addresses what social media is and how to use it. This course gives you the tools and knowledge you need to understand the options presented by social media. The class introduces social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Google+, and social media tools such as blogs and wikis. The course will also look at security issues.


Construction Skills Certificate Scheme (CSCS)

The CSCS delivers a scheme for industry that confirms individuals working in the built environment have the necessary training and qualifications. Most contractors and construction clients insist that workers on their sites hold the appropriate CSCS card for the work they undertake. To apply for a CSCS card you must have the appropriate construction related qualifications and training and, in most cases, you must pass the CITB Health Safety and Environment Test within the previous two years.

This course is aimed at providing knowledge across a wide range of topics to improve safety and productivity on site. It is usually taken as a PC based touch screen test.


Brush up your Skills (20 hours)

This course helps those of us who have perhaps let some of those skills we learnt at school go a little rusty. Each course is designed to meet the specific needs of the class members and can incorporate help with Grammar, Spelling, Punctuation, Form Filling, Letter Writing, Report Writing, CV writing, and working with numbers. The skills learned on this course can help both at home and within the workplace, whether that be helping learners support their children with homework or helping learners feel more comfortable in their job. The course is delivered through a combination of traditional classroom based sessions and sessions involving the use of computers.


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