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Learners from Bedford or Central Beds can access course in both areas.

Get Started with IT 

This course starts from scratch with basic IT skills, helping learners to use IT as an effective tool in their personal lives or job search.

Course content: Creating a document, building a CV, sending and receiving emails, using the internet and search engines, uploading and attaching documents, and use of Google Drive.

When: Tuesday and Thursday from 09:30 – 12:30

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IT for Work and Life 

This course helps you continue on your journey towards confidence with computers in a work setting.
Designed as a follow on from our Get Started with IT.

Course content: Participate in an online interview, learn how to use video conferencing applications, use more advanced applications like Excel and improve your work related skills.

When: 2 days a week, 3 hours per session

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Moving Towards Work

Build your confidence, wellbeing and employability skills through ‘positive psychology’ after a period out of the workplace.

Course content:
• Confidence building
• Interactive sessions with businesses
• Help to identify your unique skills and talents
• Support with next steps including employment pathways and volunteering

When: Monday and Wednesday 9:30 – 12:30

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Women Returners

Build your confidence, wellbeing and employability skills through ‘positive psychology’ after a period out of the workplace. This is a Women’s Only Group covering similar contact to our Moving Towards Work course.

Course content:
• Confidence building
• Interactive sessions with businesses
• Help to identify your unique skills and talents
• Support with next steps including employment pathways and volunteering

When: Wednesday and Friday 10:00—13:00

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Progressing into Work

Employability support and employability skills training to help you to find a job after a period of unemployment

Course content: Create or update a CV, interview practice with local employers, interview skills, action planning and goal setting, support to overcome obstacles, confidence building sessions.

When: Monday and Tuesday 13:00—16:00

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English for Beginners

Learn English and further your language with this specialist ‘English for Beginners’ course, which focuses on helping you start your English journey from basic English to functional English.

Course content: Beginners English language class for pre-entry learners who want to start their journey to being able to speak, listen, read and write English. Covering use of alphabet and pronunciation as well as basic form filling and conversation.

When: Monday and Wednesday 10:00—13:00

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IT for ESOL Speakers

Learn IT on a course specifically designed for learners for whom English is a second language. Focusing on vocabulary for computer usage and different forms of electronic writing and their levels of formality.

Course content: Creating a document in English, sending and receiving emails of different formalities, using the internet and search engines, uploading and attaching documents, and use of Google Drive.

When: Tuesday & Thursday 9:30—12:30

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ESOL Reading & Writing

Designed for learners with some English knowledge who want to continue to boost their job prospects by bettering their English skills.

Course content: Learn how to create formal documents such as a CV, develop your comprehension of written instructions, learn how to complete forms and practice application writing.

When: Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 9:30—12:30


Community ESOL 

Designed for learners with no/limited English knowledge who want to start bettering their pathway towards a better community life.

Course content: Practice conversational English, develop your skills to community within the community, learn how to complete basic forms and develop your knowledge of free community spaces and public transport.

When: 2 days a week, 3 hours per session

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Meditation and Sound Café 

Come converse in English with other learners while calming your mental state through sound and meditation.

Course content: Practice your spoken English, meet learners from other cultures and improve your conversational English skills.

When: Tuesday & Thursday 10:00—13:00

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Language Café 

Come converse in English with other learners in Bedford from other cultural backgrounds.

Course content: Practice your spoken English, meet learners from other cultures and improve your conversational English skills.

When: Wednesday 10:00—13:00

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Sewing Club

Come practice your sewing skills while conversing in English with other women learners.

Course content: Improve your sewing and basic measurement skills, practice your spoken English and whilst meeting other women from other cultures.

When: Tuesday 10:00—13:00

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ONLINE COURSES 

All our online classes are run using ZOOM. You must have access to a smartphone, tablet or laptop and an email account.

English Speaking & Listening – Online

Develop your use of English in a wider range of everyday situations and build your confidence in speaking and listening.

Course content: Preparation for classroom based ESOL classes, connecting with others during isolation and improve wellbeing through language

When: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00 – 12:00  (Also an evening version available)

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Staying Well – Online

Help build resilience to stress, anxiety and depression through positive psychology and develop coping strategies whilst living in isolation.

Course content: Develop mental and physical coping strategies, stay socially connected and learn and practice mindfulness techniques.

When: 2 days a week, 3 hours per session

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We deliver [some] courses on behalf of the Bedfordshire Employment and Skills Service (BESS), part of Central Bedfordshire Council, who provide us with funding.  Courses are targeted to support residents in gaining skills relevant to the needs of employers in Bedfordshire or to meet health and well-being needs. Courses are free of charge, subject to eligibility criteria. For more information about the full range of courses and support provided by BESS visit

http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/jobs/adultlearning.