Short..supported.. Job Journey courses!

Short adult learning courses

Whatever your reason for choosing to do a FREE short course, The Learning Foundry is here for you! 

  • Flexible to meet your needs
  • Wide range of course areas
  • Support to help you get job ready
  • Meet new people and improve confidence
  • Supportive and experienced tutors
  • Counts towards Universal Credit, 'Looking for employment hours' (provided you have been referred by your job coach)
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Who are these courses for?

Our free, short courses are fully funded for people who are:

  • Aged 19+
  • Living in the Liverpool City Region

We work with individuals and groups of learners to deliver workshops at community locations or workplaces.


Construction Skills

Duration: five days a week for three weeks

Location: Liverpool

This course provides the ideal introduction to the construction industry. From new homes to world famous football stadiums and everything in between, there are lots of career opportunities in the sector. 

This course includes:

  • An introduction to careers in construction

  • Health and safety in construction

  • A construction site visit

  • Environmental awareness and sustainability

  • Team leadership

  • Time management

  • Customer Service

  • CV writing and interview skills

Who is this course for? This course is open to Knowsley residents

Qualifications: Level 2 Award in Understanding Domestic Retrofit, Level 1 Health and Safety, Certificate in Occupational Studies and a CSCS card

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Level 2: Hospitality and Catering

Duration: Monday to Friday for 3 weeks

Location: Liverpool

What is this course?

The Liverpool City Region hospitality and tourism economy is booming - and it’s only getting bigger! The summer of 2023 brings a whole host of large-scale attractions and events to the Liverpool City Region, with 3000+ new jobs including lots of long-term employment opportunities. 

Whether you're looking to work in front of house, waiting on, back of house or assistant chef roles, this programme will give you the skills and qualifications you need to launch a career in the Hospitality and Catering, Events and Tourism sectors.

This course includes:

  • Introduction to the catering and hospitality industry 

  • Level 1 Award in Occupational studies  

  • Time Management 

  • Teamwork 

  • Maintenance of safe, hygienic, and secure working environment 

  • CV writing 

  • Interview skills.


  • Level 2 Award in Conflict Management
  • NCFE Level 1 Award in Occupational Studies
  • A certificate of achievement

Travel support and childcare is available.

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Level 3 Award: Hospitality Supervision & Leadership

Duration: 10 half day sessions

Location: Liverpool

What is this course?

This qualification is designed to prepare learners for employment in supervision and leadership roles in the hospitality sector.

This course includes:

  • The make up of the hospitality industry
  • Communication in the hospitality industry
  • Leading a team
  • The supervision of customer service
  • Stock control and the effective use of resources
  • Customer service


  • Level 3 Award in Hospitality Supervision & Leadership

Opportunities for progression:
On completion of this qualification candidates may progress into employment or to the Level 3 Diploma in Hospitality Supervision and Leadership (NVQ) City & Guilds qualification

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Duration: One day per a week for 12 weeks

Location: Virtual

This qualification will enable you to be an effective housing practitioner and will provide you with a broader understanding of how your organisation and others in the housing industry work.

You’ll learn about:

  • The housing system - how people access the housing market, the role of housing providers and features of the industry - and government intervention in the sector,
  • Professional practice - including ethics, EDI and personal reflection,
  • Occupancy, tenure and lettings,
  • Rental income and management - you'll gain an understanding of effective income management and the legal framework for arrears,
  • Anti-social behaviour in housing - including the statutory and non-statutory interventions available.

Qualifications: Level 3 Certificate in Housing Practice

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Teaching & Learning in Schools

Duration: One day per a week for 6 weeks

Location: Liverpool 

This qualification provides learners with an understanding of the knowledge needed when working directly with children and young people in a school or college environment. It will enable learners to gain an understanding of elements including children and young people’s development, safeguarding their welfare, and communication and professional relationships. This qualification is aimed at learners working in support roles within schools and colleges.

Qualifications: Level 3 Certificate in Teaching & Learning in Schools

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Sound Check - live music industry training

Location: Birkenhead, Wirral

From sound engineers to event managers, lighting designers to box office, this brand new programme will introduce you to the range of job roles and skills you need to make your career in the live music industry.

Based at Future Yard venue on Argyle Street in Birkenhead, Sound Check will support you to build your skills and knowledge in a real industry setting. A core programme of workshops runs alongside the opportunity to gain hands-on skills at live events.

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Functional Skills - English

Functional Skills English will give you the confidence and skills needed to succeed in your chosen career or in future training, as well as providing huge benefits to every day life. Functional Skills English will give you the tools you need to read and write effectively and to speak, listen and communicate with confidence.

At the end of the qualification, you’ll undertake a reading and writing exam and on successful completion of the course, will achieve  the City and Guilds Level 1 or Level 2 Functional Skills qualification in English.

Duration: once a week for 8 weeks

Qualifications: Level 2 Functional Skills qualification in English

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Functional Skills - Maths

Functional Skills Maths will increase your confidence in using mathematics in your every day life, the workplace or on future training courses.

You’ll learn the practical skills you need to confidently use mathematics in real life situations, and will have the qualifications you need to progress in your chosen career.

This course includes:

  • Using numbers and the number system

  • Using common measures, shape and space

  • Handling data and information  

Duration: once a week for 12 weeks

Qualifications: City and Guilds Level 1 or Level 2 Functional Skills qualification in Mathematics

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Level 2: Principles of Team Leading

Duration: Three hours one day per week over 8 weeks

Location: Liverpool / virtual

The programme is perfect for anyone currently leading a team and would like to enhance their skills or who will manage a team in the future.

This course includes:

  • Learn the principles of team leading

  • Develop the knowledge needed to support communication with a range of stakeholders at different levels

  • Learn how to keep your staff safe

  • Understand how to support the personal development of your team

Qualifications: NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Team Leading.

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Level 3: Principles of Leadership and Management

Duration: Half a day per week for 8 weeks

Location: Liverpool / virtual

This qualification is designed for new and aspiring junior managers. Learners will pick up the core skills and understanding needed to deal with management responsibilities and develop as leaders, helping to start their career with confidence. 

Qualifications: Level 3 in Certificate in Principles of Leadership and Management.

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Duration: Half day per week for 9 weeks 

Location: Liverpool / virtual

This course will provide you with an understanding of the Prevent Duty and safeguarding, including online safety.  You will develop knowledge of safeguarding in an environment where you have a duty of care. This qualification may support progression toward the role of Designated Safeguarding Lead. 


  • NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Safeguarding and Prevent

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Warehousing and Storage

Duration: 3 weeks 

This course is perfect for anyone looking for employment in the warehousing and storage industry. 

This course includes: 

  • An introduction to the warehousing and storage industry 

  • Understanding the functions and benefits of warehousing 

  • Receiving goods, stock control and recording variations 

  • Preparing, loading and manoeuvring a forklift truck safely 

  • Health and safety practices 


  • Level 2 Warehouse and Storage 
  • Level 2 Forklift Truck operations 
  • Counterbalance or Reach Licence

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Education and Training

Duration: 6 sessions over 6 weeks

Start date: November 2023

Location: The Learning Foundry, The Watson Building, 4 Renshaw Street, Liverpool, L1 2SA

The Level 3 Teaching Qualification is the ideal foundation course for anyone looking to teach in the adult education and skills sector.

Units include:

  • Understanding the roles, responsibilities and relationships in education and training
  • Understanding and using inclusive learning and teaching approaches in education and training.
  • Understanding the principles and practices of assessment.


  • Level 3 Award in Education and Training

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Level 2: Retail

Duration: Monday to Friday for 3 weeks

Location: Liverpool

What is this course?

Our 3-week retail course will give you everything you need to launch a career in roles across the retail sector. You'll learn the key skills, knowledge and behaviors employers are looking for to develop knowledge in key areas such as customer service and stock control. 

This course includes:

  • Introduction to the retail industry
  • Understanding customer service in the retail sector
  • Problem solving
  • Stock control
  • Handling and replenishing stock
  • Teamwork
  • Maintenance of a safe, hygienic and secure working environment
  • Understanding the retail selling process
  • CV writing
  • Interview skills


  • Level 2 Award in Customer Service

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Level 3 Early Years Educator

Duration: 9 months

Location: The Learning Foundry, The Watson Building, 4 Renshaw Street, Liverpool, L1 2SA

The Level 3 Early Years Educator course is perfect for anyone who are currently working or looking to gain employment with children from birth to 5 years of age - in a range of settings. It develops the knowledge and skills required to work with children from birth to 5 years together with an understanding of the expected development of children aged 5 to 7 years. The qualification also provides opportunities for the confirmation of competence for learners working towards Early Years Educator status.

Units include:

  • Understanding of child development,
  • Supporting the holistic development of children,
  • Safeguarding and child protection in early years,
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion in early years settings,
  • Supporting positive behaviour in children,
  • Supporting children with additional support needs.


  • Level 3 Diploma for the Children's Workforce (Early Years Educator)

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First Aid for Mental Health

In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.

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Green Skills

Duration: 5 weeks

Location: Liverpool

The demand for green skills has never been higher. And that need will continue to grow as the UK works towards zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. This programme will teach you the skills needed to deliver green projects for businesses across the country, where you'll learn about retrofitting homes, energy efficiency and sustainability and construction principles.


  • Certificate in an Introduction to Construction
  • Level 1 Health and Safety in a Construction Environment
  • Level 1 Award in Energy Efficiency and Sustainability
  • Level 2 Award in Understanding Domestic Retrofit

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Health and Safety in Construction

This qualification is designed for individuals who wish to develop their knowledge and understanding of health and safety in a construction environment. This will also enable individuals to gain the Green CSCS card.

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Not sure what you'd like to do? We've got lots of courses available in a range of subjects!

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