Skills; Applying for Work or Training Opportunities ~ Summer Term 2014

This is not a careers advice course, but aims to equip those seeking employment or training with the necessary skills to find jobs and training opportunities using the internet. Topics covered include setting up and using an email account; searching the internet for work and training; applying online; using the government gateway, registering with agencies, creating a CV/ writing covering letters and sending email attachments.

Tutor:  Peter Goodwin
Venue: Vernon Community College, Vernon House 18 Friar Lane, NG1 6DQ
Start date: Thursday 24th April  
 1pm -3pm
Total hours:
No of sessions: 11
Fee: £77.00(£69.30 Concessions) Fee Waived for those on income related benefits or low income.

Course aims:

To develop students’ knowledge and skills in using the internet for sending/receiving emails; searching websites for information and using online tools, particularly in relation to job seeking and training opportunities.

In particular the course will:-

equip students with the necessary skills to look for and apply for work/training online
help students identify relevant sites and agencies specific to their individual job searching
enable students to use the Government Gateway site
enable students to send emails with attachments
develop students’ ability to create CVs and covering letters using Word

Any prior knowledge or entry requirements?

The course is aimed at students who already have the basic computer skills necessary to:-

Use a mouse and navigate the desktop of a windows based PC
Be reasonably proficient with a keyboard (understand the layout and type with 2 fingers!)
Carry out searches
Send and receive emails

Potential students without these skills should attend the basic IT courses on Thursday or Friday morning at Vernon Community College (or other suitable courses) prior to attending this course

Course content: what topics will the course cover?

·    Government Gateway

·    Setting up an email account

·    Sending/receiving emails with and without attachments

·    Searching the internet using Google – job searching and useful websites

·    Introduction to Microsoft Word (word processing) for CV and letter writing

Teaching, learning and assessment methods: tick those to be used ü
Individual work
Question and answer
Activity outside class time
Practical work

How will I receive feedback on my learning progress and achievement?

Students will demonstrate learning progress through satisfactorily completing course related tasks such as sending an email, creating a folder etc.

Feedback will be provided to each learner at the completion of each task and, as the workshop progresses, through email responses from the tutor

Learning outcomes:
these are the intended outcomes and may be revised in discussion with the class. Students are encouraged to think about and identify their own individual outcomes.

By the end of the course, students should be able to:
1.Send and receive emails with attachments
2.Identify relevant sites for job searches and understand the role of agencies in advertising jobs
3.Create and modify a CV and covering letters
4.Use the government Gateway effectively
5.Upload a CV and apply for jobs online

Reading and information sources:
Is any reading/preparation essential or desirable?

A personal note book and pen for personal notes and a file/folder for keeping work and hand-outs

Students will be taught to use the help function of programmes to personalise work folders and print off relevant help topics
Suggestions for progression to further study or for using the skills and knowledge gained:

The course will provide a good base to move on to other ICT Courses that develop your skills further and study/research for higher education. The skills learned will also prove useful in supporting involvement in community activities, personal interest, job hunting and home use of a computer.

The tutor can provide you with information about what you can do next with the WEA and other local providers


Sound interesting?
Please contact Caroline on 0115 985 8203 or email

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