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Sector Specific Qualifications...


qualification.gif Gaining an extra qualification can make an enormous difference to your career, especially if you know which courses suit specific job sectors. They may be hard work and may cost money, but the boost that they can give you is well worth it.

qualification.gif Below, we have picked out and listed qualifications that relate to specific employment sectors, but if you know which sector you're interested in, it's also worth having a search around online!

  • Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS)

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    What is it and who is it for?

    The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) is for people who work on construction sites.

    Once you've had appropriate training and certification, you can apply for a CSCS card, which is basically a portable ID card that identifies you as competent to carry out their work on the site. It can be a valuable boost to your career in construction, as you are evidently a trusted construction worker.

    Where can I find out more?

    CSCS

    CITB

  • Food Hygiene Courses

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    What is it and who is it for?

    A Food Hygiene Qualification is for those working with food. Although it is not a requirement that all people handling food have a food hygiene certificate or qualification it is preferred by most businesses. In that respect, getting certified in Food Hygiene can give a valuable boost to your CV and career.

    Where can I find out more?

    Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (is a professional and well recognised body offering qualifications)

    Virtual College

    Safer Food Scores

    Food Safety Certificate

  • First Aid Courses

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    What is it and who is it for?

    First Aid is a skill which allows you to deal with injuries and illnesses as one of the first people on the scene of incident. Those who have first aid training can deal with an ill person until an ambulance or a doctor can get there.

    Being trained in First Aid could put you in a position to save someone's life, a family member, friend or co-worker.

    The most well recognised provider of first aid courses is St John's Ambulance

    More Course Providers

    Red Cross 

    First Aid For Life

    ABC Medical Services

  • Customer Service

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    What is it and who is it for?

    These are great for anyone going into a career in retail, customer services, or hospitality. It could give you a valuable boost when applying for jobs, as it shows that you are good at working with people - especially if you don't have any previous customer service experience!

    Where can I find out more?

    Institute of Customer Service

    City and Guilds - Diploma for Customer Service

    Activia

  • Business and Administration Courses

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    What is it and who is it for?

    A qualification in Business and Administration is great for anyone who wants to work in an office environment. There are a number of different skills you can learn that will be valuable and transferrable to any business, including, IT skills, shorthand, and office administration skills.

    Where can I find out more?

    Reed

    Pitman

    Keynet Training 

    Institute of Legal Secretaries

  • Health and Social Care

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    What is it and who is it for?

    For anyone who wants to go into a career in Health and/or Social Care and is involved in helping vulnerable people. There are a huge number of academic and vocational courses available depending on what you want to specialise in.

    As always qualifications can give a significant boost to your CV.

    Where can I find out more?

    Windsor Forest Colleges (this includes Langley College!)

    The Open University

    Access Skills

    Pearson

    OCR

  • Where else to look for courses

    • Open University- for a variety of courses, especially more flexible degree courses.
    • UCAS - for further education, undergraduate degree courses, and alternatives.
    • Reed - Reed have a lot of online courses, some of which are free.

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