A FIVE week course has been helping Stafford people get into work after a career break.
The introduction to working in business administration is a Skills for Tomorrow course, delivered at Stafford College.
The course is for people aged 19+ and is free for anyone either unemployed or working less than 16 hours a week and in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) or ESA.
Those referred by their Job Centre Plus advisor can even reclaim their travel expenses.
Janice Cartwright is one of the people behind the course. She explained that the course offers much more than administration skills: “There are three elements to the programme. Firstly, people learn the theory of business administration.
“Then they will have a work placement as part of the course and finally there is something called preparing for work – that is where we help people update their curriculum vitae, apply for jobs and perfect their interview techniques.”
The course has a good track record, with some participants going straight into full-time work afterwards. The skills learned during the course are applicable to a wide range of vacancies.
Abilities to work as part of a team, communicate effectively and provide good quality customer care are valuable to many employers. Knowledge of reprographics, health and safety and the legislation impacting on administrators also ensures that those completing the course are much more employable.
“This course is a great option for anyone looking for work,” says Janice. “It is designed as a whole package to move people towards employment.
“As an introduction, it helps people explore the business sector and consider whether it is right for them.
“It is just as useful though, for people who may have worked in administration previously but who need a confidence boost and a refresher course after a break in their career.”
The introduction to working in business administration course is delivered two days a week for five weeks.
The next course gets under way on April 28. Places are limited and people can get on course either by requesting a referral through their Job Centre Plus advisor or by contacting Janice Cartwright direct on 01785 275632 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org