Personal and Social Development Skills (formerly Return to Work)

Our Adult Skills Centres (previously known as Learning Shops) focus on building on individual employability skills, providing a range of ‘route to employability’ introduction courses.

This course is aimed at those who have been away from regular employment, assisting them in the process of returning to work.

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Course Content

The following units are covered in Personal and Social Development Skills (formerly Return to Work):

  • Internet Safety
  • Personal Finance
  • Healthy Living
Book a Careers Advice Appointment

The National Careers Service provides access to free, impartial, professional advice on careers, skills and the job market.

We’re here to help you get the advice you need to make the right decisions about your future working life. We’ve got specially designed tools to help you move on in your career, or get you on the job ladder. Let us help you take the next step.

Whatever your situation, we’re here to help you overcome problems and reach your goals. We’ll help you build on your strengths, improve your skills and find a better job or career that matches your skills and personality.

Once you have booked a careers advice appointment our advisors will work with you to begin your training.

National Careers Service is available for adults aged 18 and over. If you are under 18 or a parent/carer of a learner under 18, information about careers advice can be found here:

Careers Advice for School Leavers

Read our Careers Strategy here

For your free National Careers Service and Advice Guidance session at a centre near you please contact us using the contact telephone numbers or by completing the enquiry form below:

  • Clacton and Dovercourt areas: 01206 712825
  • Colchester, Witham and Braintree areas: 01206 814292

The information in this section applies to this course, and may not apply to other courses with different funding criteria.

You will not pay tuition fees if you are:
aged 19-24 on the 31st August 2022 and have an active Education, Health and Care Plan
aged 19-23 and are required to undertake this level 1 qualification in order to progress onto level 2, provided you have not previously achieved a level 2 qualification in any other subject (or 5 GCSEs grades 9-4) by the start of the course
over 19, unemployed and in receipt of benefits
over 19, employed and have a gross annual salary under £18,525 per annum
If you are aged 19-23 and have previously achieved a Level 2 qualification, if you do not meet the low income or unemployment criteria you will not be eligible for a fee waiver
You will not meet the low income or unemployment criteria if you:
are aged over 19 at the start of the course, unemployed and are not in receipt of benefits
are aged over 19 at the start of the course, employed and have a gross annual salary over £18,525 per annum
Therefore you will pay tuition fees

Please get in touch with us if you are interested in enrolling onto a programme at one of our learning shops.

You can email or phone us via the details provided on this page or submit the course enquiry form.

We will then book an appointment with a National Carers Service adviser and make arrangements for you to complete an assessment to determine the appropriate level for you to study at.

We will also need to confirm whether or not you are eligible to pay any course fees, and you may be asked to provide some further information about your current employment and financial status and previous learning.

Courses may be free if you are in receipt of either Universal Credit, Job Seekers Allowance or Employment Support Allowance benefit.

Once this has been completed we will then enrol you onto your course programme.

Personal and Social Development Skills (formerly Return to Work)
Course Outline: This course is designed for learners who wish to better their employment opportunities.
LevelLevel 1
DurationFlexible programme available to learners aged 18 or over
Campus / Adult Skills CentreColchester
Braintree
Clacton.
Dovercourt
Start DateLearners can enrol on these courses throughout the year
AttendanceFlexible attendance throughout the year

Disclaimer

All fees, prices and funding information shown on this page are for courses starting in the 2022-23 academic year unless stated otherwise, and are correct at the time of entering/printing information, however these may be subject to change due to factors outside of our control. The College cannot accept legal or financial liability as a result of any such changes.

Courses fees are generally not confirmed for September until June / July due to the above factors.

The course information describes programmes offered by Colchester Institute. The College takes all reasonable steps to provide courses as described, but cannot guarantee provision. The information is for guidance and does not form any part of a contract.

The College reserves the right to update and amend information as and when necessary. Colchester Institute will do its best to provide the courses shown, but may have to modify or withdraw a course depending on customer demand and other factors.