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Free Courses for Job Seekers

BMet offer an exciting selection of short free courses supported by local job centres, leading to accredited qualifications. We teach skills that are valuable to local employers and help you back into work. Our teachers use a wide range of well-planned teaching, learning and assessment activities to help you achieve your best.

Our specialist adult education centre in Birmingham City Centre offers a friendly, safe and comfortable environment in which to study, gain confidence and meet new people.

Your course is free if you are aged 19 years and over (before 31st August 2020) and receive Universal Credit (UC), Job Seekers’ Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance (ESA).

An in-depth interview and assessment will be conducted to ascertain your level of English and suitability for the programme of study. These courses are offered in partnership with DWP– learners will need to have Job Centre approval prior to starting a course.

Distance Learning Courses

We also offer a range of free Distance Learning Courses which can be studied from anywhere in the UK. These popular online courses enable you to study for and gain recognised accreditation that is of value to your work and personal development.

Contact Us

Call us on 0121 362 1174 to book onto a course and find out more or you can email us at  (lines open Monday to Thursday, 9am-5pm and Fridays, 9am-4pm).

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Foundation - Basic Skills Courses

These courses are available at regular intervals throughout the year:

JCP Reference
ESOL Speaking and Listening If English is not your first language and you would like to improve your English through speaking and listening, reading and writing skills we can help you. This course is for all learners from beginners to advanced level. ERG/34605 PRO-016476
Basic IT/ Digital Skills for Job Searching This is a great basic computer course, teaching IT fundamentals, emailing, social media awareness and using the internet to find work. There will be training on Universal Credit and how to use Find a Job to improve online job search. ERG/33657 PRO-016502 2 weeks, 5 days a week 9.30am – 3.30pm
Microsoft Office Skills Level 1 This course is designed to help you improve your knowledge and skills for 3 of the most important software packages for an office environment.

  • Microsoft Word (Word Processing Software)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint (Presentation Software)
  • Microsoft Excel (Spreadsheet Software)
ERG/35260 PRO- 231700 2 weeks, 5 days a week 9.30am – 3.30pm
JCP Functional Skills English (Entry Level 2 to Level 2) This is an intensive course aimed at helping people gain an accredited Literacy Functional Skills qualification. We can offer support at Entry Level 2, Entry Level 3, Level 1 and Level 2 on this programme. ERG/34682 PRO-134279 8 weeks, 2 days a week 9.30am – 3.30pm
JCP Functional Skills Maths (Entry Level 2 to Level 2) You can gain a Functional Skills Numeracy qualification on the fast-track 8 week course. We can offer support at Entry Level 2, Entry Level 3, Level 1 and Level 2. ERG/33654 PRO-134272 8 weeks, 2 days a week 9.30am – 3.30pm

Skills Training Courses

These courses are available at regular intervals throughout the year:

JCP Reference
Business Administration Level 1 With this course you can gain valuable office and business skills, areas covered are: using a computer in business administration, working in business administration, creating business documents, how to research and apply for Job opportunities, creating a CV and how to use different documents in an office environment. ERG/34656 PRO-016412
Customer Service Level 1 Learn the skills required to deliver efficient and reliable customer service. You will gain an understanding of customer expectations and needs, you will be able to deal effectively with customer queries and complaints. Course delivered online – 1 week
Rail Engineering Level 2 If you’re looking to start work in the Rail Sector, this is an excellent course to gain a blend of theoretical know how and practical skills. You will be taught by an industry expert. This course will help you to get an Employer Sponsor in order to get Sentinel support, Medical/ DA Testing, Personal Track Safety Course (PTS), an Industry Common Induction (ICI) and a Track Induction Course (TIC). ERG/34475 PRO-193438 8 weeks Monday-Friday 9am – 4pm
Practical Horticulture Skills Level 1 Includes a broad range of practical horticulture skills, including ground preparation, planting, propagation, pruning, lawn care and plant identification (dependent on season). ERG/27557 PRO-016425 6 weeks, 3 days a week (Mon/Wed/Fri) 9.30am – 3.30pm


Apply Online

If you are interested in starting a training course at BMet, please complete this form and we will respond with an invitation to see the tutor at the next enrolment date.

Courses for Job Seekers