If you are looking to get back into work we will provide you with help you need.
What is an Employability course and how will it help me? We offer an individualised programme of support which provides a blend of advice and guidance, a choice of IT or employability skills training, occupational skills development and job search techniques. Learners should be in a better position to ‘sell themselves’ to potential employers by demonstrating and owning a range of skills and qualities that employers look for.
Am I eligible? If you are unemployed and claiming Universal Credit, Job Seekers Allowance or Work Related Employment & Support Allowance then you are eligible. The general eligibility criteria is that you must be in receipt of UC, JSA, ESA (WRAG) and must not have barriers to attending the programme (such as appointments, part time study etc), and must be 19 or over. Those under threat of redundancy are also eligible. Please make sure you have proof of claiming benefit (such as your green booklet). Please see a Mercia representative if you are unsure of your eligibility.
How long does the course last? Half day induction followed by 4 days a week for 2 weeks (Tuesday to Friday).
Will I get a job once the course finishes? Following the programme our learners tend to either find employment, go on to a vocational training course with an external provider or complete another training course with Mercia.
Where is it? Mercia Partnership, Corn Exchange, Fenwick Street, Liverpool L2 7RB. Find us on Google Maps. We are just a 2 minute walk from James Street Station – Lime Street train station just 10 minutes away. All the main bus stops taking you in and out of the city centre are just outside the building. Travel expenses are not met by Mercia Partnership. Please contact your local job centre as you may be eligible for the Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount Card. Find us on Google Maps
How can I get there? You can use the following Journey Planner. Travel expenses are not met by Mercia Partnership. Please contact your local job centre as you may be eligible for the Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount Card.
How much does the course cost? For those eligible to do the course, it is free. Contact your local Job Centre Plus to find out if you are eligible.
What do our learners say about us and the course? “My first impression of the programme was great. I would recommend anyone to go. I learnt a lot and the teachers were fun, polite and are great at their job” “The tutor was very helpful and informative and each task was explained thoroughly and reviewed after completion for discussion” “Overall I was very pleased with the programme, its results and its delivery. I have gained ICT and Numeracy qualifications as a result and I’m pursuing a further NVQ with Mercia” “It was excellent and I would tell my friends who are looking for work” “Course was easy to understand and will be helpful to get a job” “I felt safe in the environment and enjoyed overall experience.” “I enjoyed the mix of learners and different paths they are on.”
How do I sign up? Go to your nearest job centre and ask for Mercia Partnership’s Employability Course, formerly known as the New Horizons programme. Alternatively, speak to your National Careers Service advisor or for more information contact Lesley Bradshaw on 0151 225 0192 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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My employment advisor has signed me up to the course. What now? Your advisor will have given you a date to show up to our assessment centre. This is located in our City Centre offices – The Corn Exchange. We are on the fifth floor. Notices will direct you to the appropriate room. Here you will be given an introduction to the course and what it involves. You will also undertake initial assessments and diagnostics of English & Maths and complete the necessary paperwork before being assigned a start date. Please bring with you proof of claiming benefit (such as your green booklet) and make sure you sign in and out at reception.
Is Lunch provided? No, lunch is not provided. However, tea and coffee are provided free of charge during break times and you will be given half hour for lunch. Classrooms will occasionally be locked during lunch hour and belongings are left at your own risk.
What should I do when I have to sign on during the programme? You must inform on your first day of training if you are due to sign on within the eight days and give us a copy of your sign in book. If alternative arrangements cannot be made you will still need to attend training either before or after signing on and will need to catch up with the work that you may have missed.
What should I do if I cannot make it to class or if I am going to be late? You must contact us before 10am to let us know.
In the meantime, you can try https://www.gov.uk/browse/working/finding-job for simple, clear and fast information from the government about finding a job.