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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 England. These popular online courses enable you to study for and gain recognised accreditation that is of value to your work and personal development.

We are excited of the launch of our new careers tool –  try BMet’s Careers Coach tool. You can take a short quiz to find out your possible career options and which courses you can study at BMet to get you there!

Careers Coach

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 – this course is suited for learners who wish to gain knowledge and practical skills of Business Administration though live tasks within a virtual office classroom training environment. Also suitable to learners who wish to pursue further study and apprenticeships in Level 2 Business administration.

The qualification is tailored to current requirements in industry and will prepare learners to the vast opportunities and the world of work within many industry sectors in Business administration such as Marketing, Human Resources, Education and more.

Four Units delivered across the Business Administration Level 1 Programme include:

  • Professional Career in Business Administration
  • Gain knowledge of the different sectors of business administration and acquire the specific skills and qualities required to become an effective and organised administrator. You will also gain knowledge on business legislation required in the workplace.
  • Using IT in a Business Environment
  • Undertake key administrative tasks using IT. Learn how to use Powerpoint to create presentations.
  • Creating standard business documents
  • Produce professional business documents and gain business writing skills in formal English language.
  • Manage your own learning
  • Prepare a self-assessment skills audit checklist and create a personal development plan to meet SMART objectives.

Course Dates;

Oct/Nov 2021 – Initial Assessment on 20th Oct 9.30am to 2.00pm

  • Week 1 : Wed 27th to Fri 29th Oct
  • Week 2 : Wed 3rd to Fri 5th Nov
  • Week 3 : Wed 10th to Fri 12th Nov

Jan 2022 – Initial Assessment on 5th Jan 9.30am to 2.00pm

  • Week 1 : Wed 12th to Fri 14th Jan
  • Week 2 : Wed 19th to Fri 21st Jan
  • Week 3 : Wed 26th to Fri 28th Jan

Download more details here

ERG/34656 PRO-016412

Course is delivered 9 days over 3 weeks, 9.30am – 3.15pm

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
Retail Knowledge Level 1 This online course will help you gain an understanding of working in retail. Course delivered online – 1 week
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).

Download details here

ERG/27557 PRO-016425 6 weeks, 3 days a week (Mon/Wed/Fri) 9.30am – 3.30pm


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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