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If you are currently unemployed or looking for work, develop new skills and gain new qualifications with our range of free courses.

With our range of free short courses, you will obtain an accredited qualification, gaining valuable skills and knowledge that will safeguard your future.

Learners will have to undertake an initial assessment to ascertain their current academic level in order to allocate any additional assistance that may be needed to achieve their chosen course. Assessments usually take place on a weekly basis at the East Ham Campus.

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Digital Skills & IT

Our range of short and flexible digital skills courses that will help you reach your full potential and progress into higher education, an apprenticeship or gaining employment.

Business Skills Solutions offers training online via workbooks, flexible start dates and you can work through the content at your own pace with support from our experienced team of trainers. And after you’ve mastered the essential digital skills, you will have plenty of options to grow further.

Apply now for one or more of the following courses:

  • Essential Digital Skills will help you to develop your IT skills and confidently use the Microsoft Office suite of applications. Levels range from absolute beginners to advanced
  • Digital Skills for Work: Learn the digital skills that will be useful in a work context, including handling information, creating and editing digital content, and communicating using digital skills
  • E-Safety: Develop an understanding of e-safety to safeguard yourself when using online technologies with this qualification
  • Data protection will provide learners with an overview of the key data legislation that organisations are required to comply with
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Employability skills

Learn the key skills you need to thrive in any working environment with any of the courses listed below:

  • Steps to Enterprise focuses on self-employment and business start-up support
  • Work Focus with IT gives you the tools to help you find your next job: job-seeking using computers, creating a CV, emails, social media, etc
  • Work Awareness (Entry Level 3) offers the learner practical job-seeking support and runs for one week
  • ESOL Employability (Entry Level 1, 2 and 3) is an employability course aimed at ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) learners and runs for 11-12 weeks
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Get into Healthcare programme

These courses have been specifically chosen to provide a wide range of skills from across the health and care sectors to ensure that learners are able to gain the knowledge, qualifications and connections in order to help them achieve success in their chosen career path.

Some courses are available both as online and classroom-based learning in order to provide the most convenient and accessible experiences as well as utilising developments in learning technology that allows learners to study in their own time and environment. The majority of courses are available as online only.

Learners will need to meet IT equipment/internet accessibility criteria to be able to undertake online courses. In certain circumstances, Newham College may be able to assist learners with loans of suitable IT equipment in order for them to participate. Please mention IT/internet accessibility when enquiring.

All courses listed are at Level 2 unless otherwise shown. In addition to the courses listed below, learners will also have the opportunity to gain Functional Skills certificates in English, Maths and ICT depending upon their individual needs.

Learners need to be aged 19+ and unemployed/economically inactive.

Learn more about Get into Healthcare and the courses available


You must be aged 19+ at the start of the course. Certain courses or programmes have other specific eligibility criteria (unemployed and/or economically inactive, academic achievement, etc.) and these will be discussed with learners at assessment. Start dates are approximate where included, but all courses are usually dependent upon the number of enrolments per class.

Study for free – register now

Whether you need to upskill, improve your marketability or seek new opportunities, now is the ideal time to start a course with Newham College.

Need further information? Complete the enquiry form and one of our team will be in touch to discuss your options.

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