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Gaining extra qualifications can make an enormous difference to your career. They may be hard work and sometimes cost money, but the boost that they can give you is well worth it. We have picked out a couple of qualifications that may be interesting, but there are loads more online, so have a look around.

Getting an extra qualification can make all the difference to your career prospects, it will show that you are dedicated and give you something to make your CV stand out.

Here are some sites where you can start looking for courses:

Reed

Open University

Bracknell and Wokingham College

Reading College

 

 

  • Personal Track Safety (PTS)

    question.gifWhat is it and who is it for?

    It is a qualification for railway workers. PTS is a system of safer working practices in the UK which is designed to ensure the safety of railway workers who have to work on or near the line. Getting the Sentinel card will show that you have the necessary level of competency to work on the railway.

    Where can I find out more?

    Railway People

    Renown Training

    Course Plus

    Wikipedia

  • Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS)

    tools.gifWhat is it and who is it for?

    It is for people who work on construction sites. It is a portable means of ID that shows that the person carrying the ID is competent to carry out their work on the site. It can be a valuable boost to your career in construction.

    Where can I find out more?

    Elevate Wokingham. Email elevate@wokingham.gov.uk

    CSCS

    Catch 22 Wokingham

    NACRO Reading

    CITB

    Construction Card Test

  • Food Hygiene Courses

    What is it and who is it for?

    It is a qualification for those working with food. Although it is not a requirement that all people handling food have a food hygiene certificate it is preferred by most businesses and give a valuable boost to your career.

    Where can I find out more?

    Bracknell and Wokingham College

    Reading College

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

    Virtual College

    Safer Food Scores

    Food Safety Certificate

    Train 4 Food

  • First Aid Courses

    pill.gifWhat is it and who is it for?

    First Aid is a skill which allows you to learn how to deal with injuries and illnesses as the first person on the scene. People who have first aid training 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

    smiley-face.gifWhat is it and who is it for?

    This is great for anyone going into a career in retail or customer service. 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?

    Bracknell and Wokingham College 

    Reading College 

    Institute of Customer Service

    City and Guilds

    Activia

  • Secretarial and Administration Courses

    computer.gifWhat is it and who is it for?

    Anyone who wants to work in an office environment could do one of these courses. There are a number of different skills you can learn to advance yourself in these areas. Including, IT skills, shorthand and office administration skills.

    Where can I find out more?

    Bracknell and Wokingham College 

    Reading College 

    Reed

    Pitman

    Keynet Training 

    Institute of Legal Secretaries

  • Health and Social Care

    What is it and who is it for?

    For anyone who wants to go into a profession as a carer. 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?

    Bracknell and Wokingham College 

    Reading College 

    The Open University

    Access Skills

    Edexcel

    OCR

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