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 Courses for the Unemployed

If you are aged 19 or over, have recently been made redundant or have been out of the labour market for some time, Boston College can offer you advice and support. If you receive work related benefits we offer a range of FREE courses to help you gain new skills, build your confidence and get you back 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 working with people like you, ranging from those who have recently been made redundant, to supporting those who 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
Our ‘Positive Steps’ courses help you to build your confidence and develop your interests to get you into work.

The 5 different courses are

> Digital Employability
> Positive Steps to Employment, including Customer Service Skills and Career Planning
> Positive Steps to IT, covering both Basic IT and Level 1 units
> Steps to Health and Social Care, including Introduction to Dementia and jobs within the care sector
> Positive Steps to Catering and Hospitality, includes Food Safety and Barista Skills
​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!
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.
If you are currently a Courses for the Unemployed student at Boston College, and you have a question or query, you can contact Donna Garrard, Employability Development Manager by emailing
Are you...

> Unemployed and aged 19+
> Someone with a learning disability, autism and/or mental health problems
> A resident in Lincolnshire
> Thinking about getting into work?

This project offers support on a one-to-one basis covering:

> Careers advice and a personal activity plan
> Support with exploring suitable job options
> CV writing and a cover letter
> Digitial employability skills
> Confidence building
> Advice on disclosing requirements to employers
> Work experience placements
> Vocational skills depending on your needs
> Identification and a statement of your personal support requirements

If you are interested, please contact the Employability Team on 01205 365701 ext 6280 or
We are pleased to be supported by National Lottery and European Social Fund to provide access to support.

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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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