Overview of Courses This Year

23rd July 2018

As we reach the end of the academic year, we can reflect on the number of people who have been trained by Work Avenue this year.  Courses have fallen into five main categories: Computer Coding, Bookkeeping, IT Skills, Employability and our wonderful schools’ outreach programme.

Computer coding

Our one year computer coding course took a cohort of clients who may not have had formal qualifications and experience but still had the logical thinking skills and ability to unpick a problem, and taught them a number of these contemporary skills and programming languages, including Visual Studio and web development, Javascript, HTML and CSS, providing a springboard to interesting and productive employment.

As well as learning practical coding skills, course participants also worked with the Work Avenue employment team, who have provided practical training and guidance to help them secure a job at the end of the course.  This training included CV writing, interview techniques, job searching and network building.

Course delegate David Kahan, spoke really enthusiastically about the course.  “I wanted to gain knowledge and new skills for a programming career. This course is helping me build a portfolio to show employers and gain confidence without needing to attain formal qualifications. I am excited to see where this will lead me and to embark upon a new career.”

Professional Bookkeeping

With an ever increasing demand for professionally trained bookkeepers in business, Work Avenue launched a brand new bookkeeping course. This unique programme is not only accredited to the ICB (Institute of Certified Bookkeepers), but there was also an emphasis on employment opportunities delivered again by our employment team at Work Avenue, supporting successful graduates of the course into employment.  The course tutor was Jean Reuben, who stated: “The students have all studied both the Level 2 and Level 3 ICB qualification.  They have all worked so hard and I am optimistic that they will all soon be working in the field of bookkeeping.  This is a fantastic achievement.”

IT Skills

In today’s workplace computer skills are vital. Our modular courses introduce beginners to the most widely used programmes and offer more sophisticated users the chance to develop their skills. Additionally we have launched a series of one day digital courses in social media, design and web building to address key demands of the contemporary workplace.  The courses have proved extremely popular with over 100 students taking places.

Emma May added: “We have seen just how vital this training is to equip people for today’s workplace.  Many of our courses have been heavily oversubscribed and we have had to run additional sessions to meet the demand.”

Interest free tuition loans

Work Avenue has now teamed up with The Max Barney Foundation to offer tuition loans to help kick start your career.  If you would like to consider a course of study but feel that the cost is prohibitive, then please visit https://theworkavenue.org.uk//tuition-loans/ or contact Emma May at emma@theworkavenue.org.uk .

Employability Skills

We continue run our regular series of employability workshops.  Clients learn to market themselves effectively to prospective employers and people in their network. These workshops include CV writing, interview skills, networking skills and IT proficiency, and so far this year, over 250 places have been filled by people keen to upskill themselves as they prepare for employment. For further information, please visit https://theworkavenue.org.uk//events/ or call 020 8371 3280.

Schools’ Outreach Programme

We have been delighted to extend our schools programme offering CV workshops and one to one careers’ advice to schools right across the spectrum of the community and already this year over 200 pupils have benefitted.  If you are interested in finding out more about this, please contact our schools Liaison Hannah Mindel, hannah@theworkavenue.org.uk .