Just a quick note to share with you some information on Universal Credit. I attended a presentation this week at Jobcentre Plus which was all about the changes coming to most areas soon and will be coming to our area this year.
The changes are significant, but if you prepare yourself you’ll be able to cope with a different way of doing things. Here is the link to a guide from the DWP which can be found online:
If you think you are going to need some help with getting online check with your local Council to see if there are any free courses you can enrol on to get ready for the changes. Here is a link to ours in Barnsley
Have a great bank holiday weekend.
Just a quick blog to share one of our common themes last week.
It was a busy week in Wellington House – Lots of our lovely learners have been busy applying for jobs and asking our in-house support team for help….which is great, until you realise the closing date is the day after they have asked for help!
When asked if they had only just received details of the vacancy many admitted that been sitting on it for a week or so and then when they started filling in the application form realised it was a much bigger job than first thought.
It’s worth taking the time and effort to fill in an application form and it really shouldn’t be rushed. We always advise at least a week if possible to start drafting, then keep reviewing your responses and checking the job specification and that you aren’t going off track.
What do you think to this video by Remploy TV – I think it explains why it’s important to take your time.
Many people don’t see the connection between having good basic skills and looking for a job. First impressions will always count so if your job application is littered with mistakes then you probably won’t get any further and your application will end up in the bin!
It’s not just about filling in a job application though. Many of us struggle to find the right words and will often ask relatives to help. That’s fine, but what about in an interview situation? Expanding your vocabulary will help you to speak with confidence to really show employers that you are perfect for the job.
Some employers will ask you to take an assessment and this will include both English and maths or it is even part of the application form. Some supermarkets have maths questions as part of their online application! What about working out “pro rata” – are you confident that the job is enough hours/money for you to live on?
So if you struggled with English or maths at school then maybe it’s time to change that and feel more confident about tackling job applications!
The first thing you have to do is take an assessment. It’s not a test or an exam, there is no pass or fail mark! You need to know what your current level is and then you can plan your learning with a tutor. If you live in Barnsley you can contact us for an assessment – here:
Joining an adult course is not like going back to school. You will be with other people who feel the same as you but maybe have a different reason for deciding to attend.
The benefits of learning are much bigger than being able to fill in an application form! It will improve your confidence, maybe inspire you to read more, learn more, manage your finances better or even to write short stories. You could have a real knack for something that you never thought possible. So what are you waiting for?
You can find more information on improving your basic skills here:
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