Welcome Station : Current Courses

Below is a list of current opportunities to gain qualifications and training in a variety of different areas that exist around the Borough. Why not take a look around and see if any suit you?

Are you interested in any of these programmes or activities?
If so, please contact us here at Elevate for further information.


Boost your skills and get on the path to a better job in 2022 with the National Careers Service

Has the New Year made you think about a new job, or the next chapter in your career? If this applies to you and you are scratching your head wondering where to start, why not register for our online National Careers Service careers workshops starting on 17 January.

Each week will cover a new topic to improve your employability and help you to be as prepared as possible to go out and get that dream job.

17-21 Jan: Reviewing skills and interests

24-28 Jan: Exploring careers and your local jobs market

31 Jan – 4 Feb: Identifying learning

7-11 Feb: Writing your CV

14-18 Feb: Making a good impression in the interview

If you would like to know more about these events, or need any careers advice on learning, training and work outside of these events you can always contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900 or via webchat (8am-8pm weekdays and 10am-5pm Saturdays) or visit https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/. If you'd like to see the next week of courses, please follow this link.


SAS Data Literacy and Data Analyst Courses


The SAS Step Programme:

Are you considering a career in data literacy or data analytics? SAS (based in Marlow) are offering free access to free e-learning and access to SAS software for a year.

There is an 8 hour data literacy course, which is a basic introduction or the 16 hourr Data Analyst course.

You can see more information about this offer via this link:  The SAS Step Programme

If you know of anyone who might be interested, please contact Charmian, Kully or David for more information.


Fitness Instructor Course at Reading College:

A short level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing course.  

L2 certificate in Fitness instructing, this course will give learner the qualification to work in a gym as a fitness instructor or class instructor with progression to a level 3 Personal Trainer qualification.  

The course covers:  

Anatomy and physiology - Assessed through exam  

Principles of Fitness - Assessed through exam  

Health and Safety - work book  

Supporting clients -  

Planning and instructing gym-based exercise - practical exams  

Infection Prevention is a new added course which will run alongside the qualification and is assessed through exam.   

The learner will be funded through the adult education budget and will need to meet requirements:  

Residents of the UK EAU, aged above 18. receiving universal credit or earning under £17,000 a year.  

The next course will run in December, the courses are two weeks long and would be full time 9:00 - 17:00 and will consist of a mixture of theory and practical sessions. Extra support can be offered to learners who will struggle with theory. 

The dates are 18th of January – 27th of January at Reading College.  



Wokingham Adult Education Courses

Eligibility - To access these courses you will need to be a Wokingham resident, be over 19 or older as of 31st August 2020, be a citizen of the EEA  and have been ordinarily resident in the UK/EEA for at least 3 years (NB a number of exemptions also apply, if you are not an EEA citizen please contact us to check your eligibility).

All of these courses are delivered online by our tutors in small groups and available free to Wokingham residents.  For details of Adult Education courses visit our course listing website https://sites.google.com/prod/view/wokingham-acl?id=courses

To book a place on any course, please email adulteducation@wokingham.gov.uk or call 07785314603.

Please find below a selection of courses that are currently available to sign up to. Why not have a look on the Adult Education course listing to see if there's something that fits you?

IT Skills for work

17 January to 7 February, Mondays 10am to 12pm, Wokingham Library

Refresh or learn new IT skills, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint to help you at work or on your job seeking journey. This course will look at how to get started with basic apps so by the end of the course you can use simple documents, email attachments and feel more confident with your IT skills. Course cost £30.


Introduction to being a Teaching Assistant and Working in schools

24 January to 7 March, Mondays, 9.30am to 11.30am, Oakwood Centre, Woodley

Find out more about different roles available in schools and gain an understanding of how to apply for roles. Explore your own strengths and weaknesses in your transferable skills and build your confidence to apply for roles in schools. Course cost £45.


Excel for work

25 January to 15 February, Tuesdays 10am to 12 noon, Online via Zoom

Learn and practice spreadsheet skills in Microsoft Excel. Get support for your personal Excel needs to gain skills for the workplace in these interactive sessions. Learn how to create formulas and techniques for summarising and sorting data. Course cost £30.


Building your confidence to get back into work or volunteering

26 January to 16 February, Wednesdays, 9.30am to 11am, Online via Zoom

Getting into work or volunteering after a break for any reason or for the first time can be daunting.  This course will help you to identify all the strengths and qualities you have that employers want  and look at ways to expand your experience through volunteering or further learning whilst building your confidence to take the next steps. This is a free course.


English for Speakers of Other Languages

Wednesdays, 10am to 11.30am, online via Zoom

Improve your English in a small, supportive group. Build your confidence in speaking, writing, reading and listening and explore helpful topics such as health, work and education. Course cost £45.


English Intermediate    

Mondays, 10am to 11am, online via Zoom

This course will give you the chance to refresh your English skills and to undergo an assessment to see where you need further help. Suitable for those with English as a second language and looking to improve their fluency for work or for conversation. Course cost £45.


Digital Skills for Beginners

Tuesdays 2pm to 4pm, online via Zoom or by appointment at Wokingham Library.

Learn to make better use of your PC, laptop, iPad, tablet or smartphone. Gain confidence in using email, internet searching, online safety, online shopping or video calling. These sessions are suitable for beginners and are free.


Money Management

1 February to 15 February, Tuesdays 7.30pm to 9.15pm, Wokingham Town Hall

The Christians Against Poverty Money course will help you chart your household income and take control of your expenditure by learning budgeting skills and techniques to better manage your finances. Register your interest by calling or texting Brian on 07787 522306 for more details. This is a free course.


Mind over Mood

24 January to 28 February, Mondays 12pm to 2pm, Woodley Hill House.

The Mind Over Mood course will introduce you to a range of psychoeducational tools and cognitive behavioural therapy techniques to help you begin rewriting your subconscious processes. This is a free course. 


Yoga for Wellbeing

28 February to 4 April, Mondays 7pm to 9pm, Woodley Hill House

Yoga is a practice of postures and sequences, breathing techniques, concentration and relaxation. It allows you to develop strength and flexibility, self-awareness and balance of body and mind.  This is a free course.


The Prince's Trust

The Prince's Trust offers a variety of courses and opportunities for young people to improve on their skillset and get their foot in the door of many different industries. Interested? Why not try our dedicated page for Prince's Trust opportunities? There you can see all current open opportunities for training with an experienced and well-regarded charity. Prince's Trust Courses.