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Skills for Work

We understand that finding the right job can be a challenge, which is why we’re dedicated to offering FREE skills courses tailored to helping you.

Our friendly and supportive team is here to guide you every step of the way, empowering you with the skills and confidence you need to step into a fulfilling job role.

Skills Academies

Our friendly, expert trainers will guide you through practical exercises and theory in our industry-standard facilities. There are 3 free courses to choose from depending on which industry you are interested in – you will earn a nationally recognised qualification on each to add to your cv.


Manufacturing, Warehousing and Forklift Truck Training

  • City & Guild Level 1 Performing Manufacturing Operations
  • RTITB Forklift Truck Counterbalance Licence

You will learn about product assembly, using industrial tooling, quality control, stock taking and operating a forklift truck as well as earning vital qualification to boost your employability.

Construction Trade Multi Skills

  • City and Guilds Level 1 Diploma Construction Skills
  • Level 2 IOSH Health and Safety
  • CSCS Card

You will learn the basics of brickwork, plastering, tiling, and plumbing to kickstart a career in the construction industry. Your CSCS card will prove that you have the appropriate training and qualifications to work on a construction site that many businesses require their employers to hold.

Textiles

  • City & Guild Level 1 Diploma Performing Manufacturing Operations

You will learn how to operate an industry-standard sewing machine, organise your work, inspect it to ensure the highest standards and you will build an impressive portfolio of work that showcases your skills, ready to take up a role in textiles.

Careers in the Construction Industry

The Construction Industry is always seeking skilled and hard-working individuals in a number of trades. Whether you’re thinking of learning a sought-after skill and becoming self-employed or would be seeking a position with one of the region’s many employers – large and small – in this industry, there are plenty of opportunities for a successful career.

Currently Unemployed?

If you’re currently unemployed and seeking to retrain or refresh your skills in the Construction Industry – specifically tiling, plastering and some aspects of plumbing – please enquire here. We offer specialist courses, working closely with employers, to ensure you have the skills, knowledge and confidence to launch your new career in Construction.

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Build a new career in the Construction Industry

Careers in the Furniture Industry

The Furniture Industry offers a range of different job roles for individuals with the motivation to succeed and who are looking to be part of an established industry in the North West. From sewing machinist to fabric cutter; frame assembler to upholsterer, there is sure to be a role that suits you and which puts your skills to great use.

Currently Unemployed?

If you’re currently unemployed and seeking to retrain or refresh your skills in the Furniture Industry please enquire here. We offer specialist courses, working closely with employers, to ensure you have the skills, knowledge and confidence to launch your new career in the Furniture Industry.

Currently Employed?

If you’re currently employed and aged 19-plus and are considering a change of career into the Furniture Industry, view the range of introductory courses we offer here. They’re the ideal step to a new career with the support of Burnley College.

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Create a new future with a career in the Furniture Industry

Essential Skills

GCSEs and Functional Skills

Maths and English are vital subjects, required by the majority of employers. At Burnley College we can make these subjects accessible – through a Functional Skills or GCSE-level route – as well as offering an opportunity to study for a GCSE in Biology for those who need a Science qualification to progress in their career journey.

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ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

ESOL qualifications are recognised nationally and are a perfect route for individuals who do not speak English as their first language to develop their skills in understanding, speaking, listening and writing English. A variety of programmes are on offer, based on current skills and knowledge, and to help with Citizenship applications.

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Individualised Support

Changing career or returning to study is an exciting prospect – we understand that you may have questions or concerns about this major change. That’s why we have expert, friendly advisors on hand to help you every step of the way through the process – from choosing the correct course to offering advice and guidance on any potential FREE courses and other financial support to which you may be entitled.

Contact us now on 01282 733333 or email [email protected]

Our expert, friendly advisors are on hand to help you every step of the way – from choosing the best course for you and support in applying, to offering guidance on your long term goals.

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Advice and Guidance Evenings

You are welcome to attend our monthly information evenings, the ideal opportunity to find out more about our courses, tutors and the support we can offer you.

  • Access free and impartial careers advice
  • Ask questions about specific courses
  • Talk with our friendly Tutors
  • Find out about academic and health and wellbeing support
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