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    Employability & Progression Department
    The Employability and Progression department of SGS College, formally known as Suited Booted Recruited, are here to help you with your personal well-being and progress into volunteering or the workplace.

    Our short courses are specifically designed to help you boost your confidence and increase your knowledge of the society in which we live and will work, providing you with the knowledge and skills to make balanced and increasingly independent transitions both now and in later life.

    The Chase

    About our courses on offer

    Our courses have been carefully crafted for those looking to improve employability skills and get back into work.

    For course dates please select a course and date in the booking form below

    Click each course for more information

    Personal Well-being

    Our new Personal Well-being course is for people who are looking at developing their knowledge of personal and social development including mental and physical well-being, healthy lifestyles, understanding stress, values and beliefs, equality & diversity in society, as well as the concept of managing risk, thus enabling learners to make positive and informed choices in their lives.

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    STT Retail

    Need the right knowledge and expertise to succeed in Retail or Customer Service? Our taster courses could be just the ticket towards your future career ambitions!

    Our exclusive fast-track taster courses are delivered within two weeks and are specifically for adults who want to gain experience, knowledge and expertise to improve their employability skills within a specific industry.

    • City & Guilds Introduction to Retail Entry Level 3 Award
    • City & Guilds Customer Service Level 1 Certificate
    • Manual handling

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    SST / SBWA Security

    The course is delivered in two weeks and is specifically for those who want to gain recognised qualifications and knowledge of the security industry.

    Transferrable skills - Week 1:
    City & Guilds Award in Customer Service Level 1
    NCFE Certificate Level 2 in Equality & Diversity

    Sector Specific - Week 2:
    Security : Edexcel Award Level 2 in Working as a Door Supervisor within the Private Security Industry.

    Completing the above qualification will enable you to apply for your SIA badge Guaranteed interview

    At the end of the second week you will have the opportunity to interview for a job with TSS (Total Security Services) and if you are successful you will be able to pay for your SIA licence in instalments from your first 3 months wages.

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    SBWA McDonalds

    We have teamed up with McDonald’s and Jobcentre Plus to provide you with a great opportunity in gaining employment at McDonald’s. We will be running a McDonald’s themed Employability Programme which will include a guaranteed interview with McDonalds at the end of the course.

    During the 10 day course you will achieve the following:

    • Customer Service Level 1 Certificate
    • Equality & Diversity Level 2 Certificate
    • Food Safety in Catering Level 2 Award
    • Emergency First Aid at Work Level 2 Award

    The course has been designed to improve your employment chances by providing you with relevant sector specific training and helping you to build your confidence in preparation for your guaranteed interview!

    On average 50% of those who have completed our last SBWA gained employment with McDonalds.

    If successful at interview, you will be offered a one week work trial (work experience).

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    SBWA Health and Social Care Allied Healthcare

    Need the right knowledge and expertise to succeed in the Health & Social Care Industry? SGS College have teamed up with South Gloucestershire Council and a local care provider to run a taster course which could be just the ticket towards your future career ambitions!

    The course is specifically for adults who want to improve their employability skills within the Health & Social Care Industry.

    During the three week part-time course you will complete some key qualifications and training to help you take the next step towards your career in care, these include:

    • NCFE CACHE Level 1 Award in Preparing to work in adult Health & Social Care
    • NCFE Equality & Diversity Certificate Level 2
    • Ascentis Level 1 Award Character Education
    • NCFE Interpersonal Skills Level 1 Award
    • Health & Safety in Health and Social Care Level 2

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    Part-Time Personal Development

    Our new PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT course helps you prepare for the workplace with qualifications which focus on communication skills, self-development and transferable skills.

    Build your confidence, increase your motivation, and develop your existing skills and life skills!

    You will develop the following skills:

    • Interpersonal Skills
    • Communication Skills
    • Character Development
    • Resilience & Grit
    • Well-being

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    Part-Time Personal Development Plus

    Our new PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PLUS course is a follow on from Personal Development, aims to help you prepare for the work place!

    Expect to build on your career planning, developing a better understanding of employment contracts and payslips, prepare for an interview and learn how to budget your money.

    This course will cover:

    • Writing a CV
    • Interview Preparation
    • Managing Change
    • Application Forms
    • Mock Interviews
    • Confidence Building

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    Make Everyday Count!

    A fantastic opportunity not to be missed and perfect for anyone over the age of 18.

    Make Everyday Count is available to study at Entry L3 and aims to help you with numeracy in just 5 days!

    Edexcel Functional Skills qualification in Mathematics at Entry 3

    • Add and subtract using three-digit numbers and round to the nearest 10 or 100
    • Solve practical problems involving multiplication and division by 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10
    • Understand and use simple fractions
    • Understand, estimate, measure and compare length, capacity, weight and temperature
    • Complete simple calculations involving money and measures
    • Recognise and name simple 2D and 3D shapes and their properties
    • Extract, use and compare information from simple charts, simple graphs and tables

    Get a refresher in the maths that you might encounter day to day. Learn the basics in a safe, non-judgemental environment. You will do fun activities and learn maths which is practical not theatrical.

    This course aims to be an introduction to basic numeracy skills.

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    Literacy the Best!

    A fantastic opportunity not to be missed and perfect for anyone over the age of 18.

    Literacy the Best is available to study at Entry L3 and aims to help you improve reading and writing skill in just 5 days!

    Pearson Edexcel Functional Skills qualification in English at Entry 3

    • Respond appropriately to others and make some extended contributions in familiar formal and informal discussions and exchanges
    • Read and understand the purpose and content of straightforward texts that explain, inform and recount information
    • Write texts with some adaptation to the intended audience

    Learn the basics to English in a safe welcoming environment, which is fun as well as practical and aims to motivate you to continue to develop your existing skills.

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    Computer Confidence Plus

    Designed to give you the skills you need to become a ‘digital citizen’. With IT at the heart of many workplaces and Full Service Universal Credit now on board, this course will provide the basic grounding you need to ‘go digital’. We help you gain core knowledge to use IT in different ways such as using the Internet safely, accessing application systems, online resources and accessing emails. We will help you learn how to change authentication on a PC, become familiar with the features of a PC, learn how to use internet and make specific searches, attach documents to emails and practice instant messaging. Computer Confidence Plus is perfect for all ages!

    Qualification: OCR Digital Employability Entry Level 1 and Entry Level 2 Award

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    Book your place today


    Should you have any questions regarding our courses/bookings or wish to know more about the Employability department at SGS College, please contact Kasia on:

    0117 9092 318 or 0800 056 6940