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 Courses for the Unemployed

Are you unemployed? Yes?
Boston College can offer you advice and support. We offer a range of FREE courses if you receive work related benefits, to help you gain new skills, build your confidence and get you back in to work.


We recognise that everyone has different needs and goals, and the aim of our Employability Support Team is to ensure we support you with quality training and professional advice designed around your specific needs. Our Advisers and Tutors have extensive experience of working with the unemployed, ranging from those that have recently been made redundant, to supporting those that have been unemployed for longer periods of time.

If you think the Employability Support Team can help you, please call or email to book an interview to discuss your options on 01205 313218 or info@boston.ac.uk
Boston College run a series of 'Positive Steps' courses to help build your confidence and get you back into work.

The 4 different courses are

> Positive Steps to Employment, including Customer Service Skills and Career Planning
> Positive Steps to ICT, covering both Basic ICT and Level 1 units
> Positive Steps to Adult Social Care, including Introduction to Dementia and jobs within the care sector
> Positive Steps to Hospitality, includes Food Safety and Barista Skills
"I have more knowledge now of how to apply for jobs."

"Good course, good tutor."

"I learnt to find work in areas of the industry that I would never have thought of applying for."

"I feel more confident to try new jobs."



"I've enjoyed meeting new people and increasing my confidence and self-esteem. I'm now more open to doing a variety of different jobs."
Unemployed and aged 16-18?
Unsure what to do next? Or want help getting into an Apprenticeship or training?


Come onto our MOVE Programme and we will help you gain the skills for entering the world of work.

A 12 week programme, attend college a minimum of 1 day per week covering:

- Personalised support throughout the programme
- Identify your skills, qualities and values
- Improve your confidence
- Develop your CV and Interview Skills
- Find out what employers are looking for
- Explore employment opportunities
- How to find employment including volunteering
- Improve English and Maths

It is completely independent of Job Centre Plus and DWP, and participation is entirely voluntary. All support is offered free of charge and you may be eligible for funding towards care and travel costs to help you participate.
​Traineeships support young people to develop the skills they need to secure and succeed in employment, including Apprenticeships.

What is a Traineeship?
A Traineeship is a stepping stone that can lead to an Apprenticeship or employment. Traineeships are available in many industry areas, and are completed over a flexible period of six weeks to six months - split between College attendance and work experience.

Find out more about Traineeships here!

 
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 Step Forward Employment Support

 

Step Forward Employment Support has been specially designed for people aged 18+ who have learning disabilities, autism and/or mental health issues and who are thinking about getting into work.

 

The project offers support in all aspects of getting ready to go back to working including:

  

- Career advice and personal activity plan

- Support with exploring suitable job options

- CV and covering letter

 - Identification and statement of personal support requirements

- Advice on disclosing requirements to employers

- Work experience placement

- Support with accessing Better Off calculations for benefit claimants

 

Support will be available for an extended period and will be provided on a one to one basis.

 

To be eligible for Step Forward Employment support, you must:

 

- Be a resident of the county of Lincolnshire

- Have either a learning disability, autism or a mental health issue

- Be aged 18 or over

- Be unemployed

 

The project is being delivered in local centres across Lincolnshire with support from our partners: Abbey Access Centre, Community Learning in Partnership (CLIP), First College, Grantham College, Lincoln College and TaylorItex - you can choose who you would like to work with. 

 

If you would like to join the project, please complete the referral form and send it to stepforward@boston.ac.uk. Alternatively if you have any questions regarding the project please call 01205 365701 x6280 and ask for Julie. 

 

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Case studies

Joshua Price

I feel the combination of training and experience gave me the confidence and opportunity to secure employment. Read more...

Debbie Doy

I decided to enrol on the Positive Steps to Employment course because I wanted to update my employability skills. Read more...

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Step Forward – Employment Support Service

Boston College is leading a countywide project, funded by the Health and Wellbeing Board and managed by Lincolnshire County Council to provide employment support services to people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health problems.

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