Job Gym pre-employment courses
The Job Gym at Mantra Skills helps you improve your essential skills and give you the best chances of getting a good job. The Job Gym incorporates:
- Conveniently located centres with computer suites and expert staff on hand to assist
- Qualified tutors and industry specialist instructors
- Functional Skills centre for English, maths and IT
- Fully working warehouse and contact centre environments
The Job Gym offers a number of government funded courses to improve your employment prospects. You should be entitled to these courses free of charge if you are aged 19 or over and not employed or are being made redundant and not in full time education. If you are under 19 visit our Traineeships page here.
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Conveniently located centres
We have Job Gym centres in:
Who can join the Job Gym?
You can join the Job Gym if you:
- Are over 19 years of age
- Have left compulsory full-time education
- Must be a jobseeker and/or must not already hold the desired qualification
Job Gym - what's it all about?
At the Job Gym we help you learn new skills to give you the best chance of finding a great job in a sector that is constantly recruiting new staff such as warehousing, truck driving or customer service. The qualifications you will gain are based on national standards that are recognised by potential employers.
Core skills qualifications are based on national standards so potential employers can see what you're capable of. They will:
- Give you more confidence in your own abilities
- Give you nationally recognised qualifications
- Help you get on at work
- Boost your CV
- Help you get onto other courses such as Apprenticeships
Study at a level to suit you
At the Job Gym, you will learn in one of our centres or at home or a combination of both. You visit the centre to work on your course as often as you like and you can study at a pace to suit you. Skills for Life courses Skills for Life Certificates are available in English, maths and IT at three levels:
- Entry Level 3
- Level 1 (equivalent to GCSE D grade)
- Level 2 (equivalent to GCSE A-C grade)
The level you aim for and amount of coaching you get depends on the level of skills you already have. We will give you an online assessment to see which level would be right.
Improving your work skills
Your programme will start with a qualification in preparing for employement which will help you to identify great job opportunities and tell you what qualifications employers are looking for when they hire someone. It will develop your skills to apply for jobs, and prepare for and take part in interviews. It will also help you to identify further training and development you may need to succeed in the job you are looking for.
Gain some real work skills
You will then select a Skills Booster course that will prepare you to get a job in a sector that is constantly recruiting new staff such as warehousing, truck driving or customer service.
Information Technology courses
The IT courses we deliver range from Entry Level 2 to a full level level 2, in other words from computer basics to the ECDL which shows that you have reached a nationally recognised standard in IT working with applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. You choose which skills you need to develop to help you in your own particular job and then follow a tailor-made programme that meets your individual needs. Any previous IT qualifications or experience you may already have will count towards an ITQ award.