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National Careers Service Coventry and Warwickshire

The National Careers Service gives information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. It is available across England through a website, telephone helpline and face to face advisors. The National Careers Service is free to everyone aged 19 and over (or 18 if you get out of work benefits) and can help you:

  • Explore career ideas and entry routes into different jobs
  • Identify skills
  • Find learning and training opportunities
  • Find out about funding to support learning
  • Understand the job market
  • Create a free CV
  • Improve your interview and presentation skills For more information, call 0800 100 900. 8am-10pm, 7 days a week, or visit nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk
  • Progress in your job

Interactive modules

Universal Credit is a new type of benefit that is designed to support people who are on a low income or out of work. This new system merges together existing benefits into one single monthly payment.

These interactive modules have been created by the Department of Work and Pensions to help people looking for full-time work.

National Careers Services in Coventry are available at:

  • Job Shop Please call 0800 100 900 to book an appointment.

Herbert Open Learning

The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum runs Herbert Open Learning, an educational service that offers fascinating and challenging adult learning courses.

There is a range of subjects available from archaeology to art and creative writing to care of family treasures. All courses take place at the Herbert and are presented by experienced tutors.

More information about Herbert Open Learning and any of the courses.

You can book on any of these courses at the Herbert. To pay online and for more details visit The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum's website.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS)

MOOCS offer university-level courses without the need to complete an entire programme of studies. Although MOOCS do not always lead to formal qualifications, they are ideal for independent study. And users can select courses from any institution offering them. There are also no entry requirements and offer video-based interaction either through peer review and group collaboration, or automated feedback through objective, online assessments (including quizzes and exams).

While most courses are free, some are fee-paying. Videos are normally short and much activity takes place on online discussion groups and forums.

Are MOOCs for you?

Why you might consider a MOOC

  • They are low-cost routes to accessing quality courses.
  • They can be combined with other study or work.
  • They are accessed from any computer at any location including Libraries and your home.

Search for MOOCs today

In 2012 the Open University launched FutureLearn, partnering with more than 20 UK and international universities and other institutions such as the British Council, the British Library and the British Museum. A browse through the courses available reveals diverse subjects including How to Succeed at Interviews, Inside Cancer, Understanding Modern Business and Organisations, Elections for AS Level Politics, Dysphagia, and an Introduction to many languages, offered by UK and overseas universities.

Search for MOOCs.

Accelerate - Free employment support

Accelerate is a free employment support service that can offer advice, build confidence, improve and provide valuable work experience - all geared towards helping you get a job that suits you. Accelerate specialises in supporting people who would like to work, but for various reasons find it hard to get a job and enjoy all the benefits that employment brings. As well as helping you access learning, training and work opportunities, Accelerate can support you to manage issues or problems holding you back from being able to work. If you live in Coventry or Warwickshire and are currently not paid in employment or self-employed and legally entitled in the UK, Accelerate can help!

You can talk to Accelerate about your first steps into employment by visiting the Accelerate website, calling: 024 7663 3911 or by using their contact form.