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The Coronavirus pandemic has had a lasting impact on many people across the communities we serve. We are committed to helping the region recover, and have developed a range of bespoke recovery packages offering specialist education, training and guidance designed to empower you to achieve your ambitions as we look to the future. 

Supporting You Through Redundancy

The current pandemic has left many people either out of work following redundancy, or under-employed. If that’s the case for you, we can help to support your search for your next career through a range of opportunities. Through our Group we offer support in the following ways:

  • Bespoke careers guidance sessions which can also include CV writing support, and application and interview techniques;
  • Health and wellbeing guidance;
  • Training needs analysis and skills and interests’ assessments;
  • Employment profiling and candidate matching with ongoing Job Brokering support;
  • Referral to alternative provision if you need to develop your skills in any area, including English, maths and digital skills;
  • Advocacy support and welfare support.

If you have already lost your job and would like to unlock your potential, we also offer specialist training packages in a range of areas. These will help you develop the skills you need to get back into work, and can be delivered remotely through a blend of online and phone-based learning. These include:

  • English, maths, digital skills and ESOL support, including help for parents and caregivers providing home-schooling;
  • Nationally recognised, accredited ‘Award’ qualification in Employability Skills.

A large number of young people have been affected by this crisis, with many struggling to either find work, or losing jobs that they’d secured prior to the pandemic. That’s why we’ve developed our Apprenticeship Academy, to help young people adapt to the current environment and boost their long-term employment prospects. This offer includes:

  • Preparation for succeeding at digital job fairs and virtual employment hubs;
  • Holistic and pastoral advocacy support, and help with all aspects of welfare and wellbeing including mental health;
  • Information, advice and guidance on Traineeships, Apprenticeships and employment opportunities;
  • Opportunities to speak with local and national Apprenticeship providers;
  • Bespoke career and progression guidance;
  • Knowledge of employers’ common expectations and how to succeed in your first job;
  • Up-to-date, relevant local industry and labour market data;
  • Support to develop your CV (whether it’s your first CV or an update), advice and guidance on completing job applications (including covering letter writing) and interview skills;
  • A nationally recognised, accredited ‘Award’ qualification in Employability Skills;
  • Ongoing Job Brokering support with matching to local employers and vacancies.

To find out more about these opportunities, call our team on 01843 230876 or email us at

Flexible Learning for the Care Sector

The care sector has consistently done an incredible job of supporting those in need, and through this pandemic we’ve witnessed the sector deliver even more! To support the sector and develop staff within it, we’re offering fully funded flexible learning qualifications in a range of care related subjects including:

  • Common Health Conditions;
  • End of Life Care;
  • Safe Handling of Medication;
  • Infection Control.

With funding available, these can be delivered at no cost to your company. Visit our EKC DigitalLearn to view the complete range of courses.


Flexible Learning - Mental Health Focus

Mental health and wellbeing has never been more important than it is right now, and that’s particularly true for all of our young people. That’s why we are offering the new NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences.

As children and young people are amongst the most vulnerable in our society when it comes to the impact of adverse circumstances on their lives, this brand new course has been designed to help professionals in the education sector expand their knowledge and offer well-rounded support.


Care Sector-based Work Academy Programme (SWAP)

Interested in building a career in the care sector? Our specialist short course, delivered in partnership with local employers, will equip you with the skills you need to take the first step in your care career. The course includes:

  • A nationally recognised, accredited ‘Award’ qualification in Employability Skills;
  • Awareness of person-centered empathetic care approaches;
  • Alzheimer’s and Dementia awareness;
  • The Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberties Safeguarding;
  • Effective communication in catering for individual needs;
  • Support to develop your CV, advice on completing job applications, and interview skills (all bespoke and tailored for the care sector);
  • Preparation of digital job fairs and virtual employment hubs;
  • Ongoing Job Brokering support with matching to local care employers and vacancies;
  • Holistic and pastoral advocacy support, and help with all aspects of welfare and wellbeing.

All of our support services, including our qualifications, can be delivered to you in the comfort of your own home by internet and telephone. 

To find out more about this course call us on 01843 230876 or email us at

Our EKC DigitalLearn offers a number of flexible online learning options for those looking to get into coding, or develop their skills in programming. 


Level 3 Software Development 

If you are interested in enhancing your software development skills or even if you have no previous experience, then the Level 3 Diploma in Software Development could be suitable for you. The qualification is current and has been developed alongside consultants with years of industry knowledge to ensure that it is fit for purpose.

What will I learn?

The qualification carries 42 credits and should be completed between 6-9 months. There is one mandatory unit and six specialist units. The qualification is awarded as a pass.

  • Project Management
  • JavaScript
  • Maths for Computing
  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Programming Implementation
  • Robot Technology

Learn more about Level 3 Software Development


Level 5 Web Application Development 

Our Web Application Development Level 5 Diploma offers an opportunity to gain a formal qualification whether you are working in a website development role or have no previous experience in programming.

What will I learn?

The qualification carries 75 credits and should be completed between 6-12 months. There are four units and the qualification is awarded as a pass, merit or distinction;

  • User Centric Frontend Development 
  • Interactive Frontend Development 
  • Data Centric Development
  • Full Stack Frameworks with Django 

Learn more about Level 5 Web Application Development


The rail industry plays an important part in the economy supporting employment, construction, services and innovation. The development of a high performing rail infrastructure and highly trained staff are integral to the progress of a successful transport strategy that drives excellence and growth across the sector. Our EKC IntoWork have developed a range of programmes in partnership with specialists from the rail industry to offer opportunities to train or retrain for a career in the rail sector.

Students have found the programmes of great benefit with many securing employment after completion.


Pre-Rail Sector-based Work Academy Programme (SWAP)

The Pre-Rail SWAP is a two-week skills development programme that enables you to explore career opportunities in the rail sector, boosts your employability, and prepares you for progression into a Level 2 qualification in Rail. 

During the Pre-Rail SWAP you will:

  • Learn about career opportunities in the rail sector, and the attitudes and values needed to work on the rail network
  • Attend workshops to help you create a CV, write cover letters, apply for jobs, and prepare for interviews
  • Develop key employability skills such as communication, teamwork, and time management
  • Learn about the importance of manual handling within rail construction settings
  • Gain an understanding of equality and diversity in the workplace
  • Develop knowledge of health and safety, and its importance when working in a rail environment
  • Learn about employer and employee rights and responsibilities 
  • Get support to improve your English, mathematics and IT skills if required

Learn more about the Pre-Rail SWAP


Level 2 Rail Engineering Track Maintenance 

The Rail Engineering Track Maintenance course gives you the skills, knowledge, and experience you need to start your career in the rail sector. 

During the course, you can achieve qualifications and competencies in:

  • City and Guilds Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Rail Engineering Track Maintenance
  • City and Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Rail Engineering Track Underpinning Knowledge
  • Personal Track Safety (PTS)
  • Track Induction Course (TIC)
  • Industry Common Induction (ICI)
  • Overhead Line Equipment Construction (OLEC 1)
  • Hand tools / small plant training and assessment
  • Manual handling
  • Emergency first aid
  • Fire awareness
  • Safety awareness
Learn more about Level 2 Rail Engineering Track Maintenance

Our EKC DigitalLearn offers two English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses. If English is not your first language, and you would like to improve your English, these courses can help. 


ESOL Level 1 

Designed for people with some understanding of the English language, our Level 1 course can help you to gain confidence when communicating in English, and improve your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. 

Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a nationally recognised qualification. 

Click here to learn more about our ESOL Level 1 course


ESOL Level 2 

Designed for people with an intermediate understanding of the English language, our Level 2 course can help enhance your skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. 

Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a nationally recognised qualification. 

Click here to learn more about our ESOL Level 2 course

Access to Higher Education courses offer an alternative route to university for those without the traditional entry qualifications required to study at the university of their choice. 


Access to Higher Education in Business Studies

Our Access to Higher Education in Business Studies course is designed to prepare you for degree-level study in a Business-related subject. The course can be studied flexibly online via our EKC DigitalLearn.

What will I learn?

The Diploma is made up of 45 graded credits at Level 3;

  • Business Communication
  • Consumer Protection Law and Business Implications
  • Developing a Business Plan
  • Marketing Principles and Implications for Business
  • Setting Up a New Small Business
  • The Nature and Context of Business
  • Introduction to Microeconomics
  • Business Recruitment and Retention
  • Financial Planning in Business
  • Persuasion and Change in a Business/Media Context
  • IT Business Solutions
  • Consumer Law
  • Employment Law
  • Cyberpsychology
  • Social Research Methods

and 15 ungraded credits at Level 3;

  • Independent Academic Study (Business Studies)
  • Academic Study Skills
  • Skills for Study: Essay Writing (online e-learning course available for this unit)

You will have the support of a trainer who will support with online learning, support sessions and marking your work. You will learn how to produce essays, case studies, reports and presentations.

Learn more about Access to Higher Education in Business



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