Pathways into employment


Do you know what employment path you’d like to follow but feel you would like to brush up on your skills and knowledge?

This page contains useful information about the training options available. Whether this be gaining life skills, enhancing your employability or taking up a traineeship to boost your practical experience and key qualifications – see below for your next steps.

Training providers

  • Phoenix Enterprises - provide support, training and employment opportunities for adults experiencing short or long term mental health problems
  • Adult Community Learning - provides more than 100 free courses, which offer opportunities to gain new skills in subjects like health and wellbeing, maths, english and IT, or to help them prepare to return to work
  • Adult Learning Centre (New College Swindon) - offer regular Maths, English and IT courses. The centre also offers a great choice of employability and Community Learning courses with a weekly Job Club 
  • Whitehead Ross Education - offer a range of courses including employability, CSCS and digital skills

Vocational qualifications

  • CSCS Card - confused about which card you need? The most common card is the green general operative card but depending on your trade or position, you may need to take a specialist or managers test. 
  • Tempus Training online - are you looking to work in construction? The construction industry offers a huge variety of roles and plenty of opportunities for career growth with average salaries of around £24k. To get on-site you’ll need a CSCS Card. Tempus Training’s completely free CSCS Programme will help you get the CSCS card plus the skills, qualifications and support to get into work quickly
  • Key Performance Training - offer forklift, HGV, first aid, fire marshal training and more
  • Access Skills Ltd - provider of health and social care training throughout the UK


  • Whitehead Ross Education - a range of traineeships available for those aged 16-24 years. See the Whitehead Ross traineeship flyer for more information
  • SBC Adult Community Learning - offers traineeships for those aged 19+
  • Key Training - traineeship programmes to give those aged 16-24 the skills and experience that they need to progress into employment
  • Haddon Training - offers traineeships for 16-23 year olds with little or no work experience
  • PLUSS - supports people with disabilities and other disadvantages move into employment

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