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Life Skills Plus - Entry Level 2 - Certificate in Using Employability Skills (NOCN)

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Course Description

Our Skills for Life courses accommodate learners aged 16-24 who have challenges/barriers to entering education, employment or training. They are designed for students who want to gain some qualifications in a mixture of life, vocational, functional skills or in a chosen vocational area.

This course helps develop the necessary skills for independence in order to make positive decisions about your future which may involve a working life.

Courses are nationally accredited and offer a variety of opportunities including enrichment, work placements, sports, trips, visits and guest speakers. Students will also gain functional skills in English, maths and ICT at an appropriate level.

There is also a great work experience opportunity for all students at our in-house Thinc Café where they can learn to handle money, serve food and learn how to provide good customer service, improving their independence skills.

Areas covered include:

  • Getting about safely
  • Building confidence
  • Understanding relationships
  • Outdoor pursuits
  • Using public transport
  • Supported employment opportunities
  • Working as a volunteer

This course is taught at our Middleton campus, located in Middleton, Greater Manchester.


NOCN Entry Level Certificate in Using Employability Skills (Entry 2)

Entry Requirements

No formal entry requirements to begin this course however, it is beneficial to have completed Entry Level 1 or Life Skills.


Topics on this course include:

  • Participation in team activities
  • Outdoor pursuits
  • Knowing your local area
  • Action planning
  • Building confidence
  • Dealing with problems at work
  • Travelling to and from work
  • Participation in a supported work placement

Work Experience

Life Skills Plus offers a 10 week supported employment placement, totalling 30 hours. The college works with 4 different employers covering industries within various retail outlets within the local area.

Students are also encouraged to work as volunteers within the college and the community. Throughout the year learners will gain customer service and money handling skills within our Thinc Café and the value of voluntary work as part of the canal regeneration programme.


Students are able to progress to the Work Skills programme or other vocational areas within the college dependent on academic ability which will be assessed throughout the course.

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