FAQs

How long does the course last for and do I have to attend every day?

Suited Booted Recruited and Hired & Inspired are ten days long respectively and we do ask for 100% attendance, but if you have an important appointment please let us know when you book so that we can try to make arrangements. If, for whatever reason, you miss 3 or more days of the course we would usually suggest that you come back and do the next course instead as you will have missed too much to be able to catch up.

What is the age limit on these courses?

Learners need to be aged 19 or over, however, we can take a couple of 16 - 18s per course so it's worth getting in touch and seeing if we can accommodate you. These spaces are allocated on a first come first served basis. There is no upper age limit.

Do I have to attend Suited Booted Recruited before I attend Hired & Inspired?

No. Hired & Inspired is now a stand-alone course and you can choose to attend either Suited Booted Recruited, Hired & Inspired, or both. We would recommend doing both as they are beneficial in different ways. If you would like to do both, you need to do SBR first, you cannot regress from H&I to SBR.

Do you pay for travel?

If you are referred to the course by your Job Centre or from a different organisation, then they should assist with your travel costs. If you are self-referred, then we can refund travel costs up to the amount of £30. This is paid by bank transfer once the course has finished and usually takes two weeks to reach your account. Please ensure you fill out a claims form and keep all of your travel tickets in order to receive this money back.

Is lunch provided?

Lunch and refreshments (tea and coffee) are provided every day, free of charge. Please let us know if you have any food allergies or dietary requirements when you book.

Will doing this course affect my benefits?

No. Although we do advise that you inform your Job Centre advisor that you are planning to attend.

Can I do this course if I have a criminal record?

This is assessed on a case by case basis with the College's safeguarding officer. You must be willing to disclose all details of any convictions you have on the first day of the course. You will be asked if you have a criminal record when you book.

Do you help with childcare?

No. Unfortunately, we do not have the facilities to help with childcare, however, we will do everything we can to enable you to attend the course. Call us to discuss your situation.

We do run a 'part time' version of Suited Booted Recruited for single/lone parents. These run for 3 days a week, over 4 weeks, from 10am - 2pm. We can pay childcare costs for these courses through DLS funding, but this will need to be arranged well in advance of the course beginning so please get in touch and ask about this ASAP if you think you will require it. You can find out more about DLS here

I have to drop off/pick up my children from school, can this be accommodated for?

We try to be as flexible as possible. Again, call us to discuss your situation.

How much does the course cost?

The course is completely free.

What happens once the course has finished?

We have a number of progression courses available, details of which can be found over at our 'courses' page and you can call us for more information.

You could also progress onto a College course if you would like to, we have a huge variety of full and part time provision on offer. There is careers advice available on the final day of the course and you will be invited to all of our exclusive Suited Booted Recruited Jobs Fairs. We will be holding a Job Club for past students every Wednesday, this will be a drop in session where you can get help with your CV, applying for a specific job and anything else you need to help you back into work! Talk to your course tutor if you would like to find out more about what is available to you.

What proof of benefit do I have to bring?

You can bring a letter from your Job Centre or from the central office stating that you are in receipt of benefit, this must be no more than three months old. Alternatively, you can bring a bank statement showing a benefit deposit into a named account within the last four weeks. Call us if you have any concerns or are unsure about what you need to bring.

What happens if I am an international student?

You will need to bring your passport with you. Unfortunately, the course is only available to international students who have access to public funds. This will be stated in any visas you may have applied for. Call us if you have any concerns or are unsure about whether or not you are eligible.

What do I need to bring with me?

You will need to bring ID and if you are receipt of any form of benefit, you will need to bring proof of that benefit.

What forms of ID are acceptable?

If you have photographic ID then your passport, driving license or citizen's card will be acceptable. You will need to bring two forms of non-photographic ID if you do not have any of those. For example: a bill or bank statement, your debit or credit card, your national insurance number card, your birth certificate etc. We can accept most forms of ID. Call us if you have any concerns or are unsure about what is acceptable.

What are the entry requirements?

You must be 19 or over and working less than 16 hours per week.

Is there homework?

No. Everything will be completed during the hours you spend with us on the course.

Do I need to inform my Job Centre and what should I do about needing to sign on?

We strongly recommend that you do inform your Job Centre. The Job Centres are very supportive of our courses and usually, if you speak to them in advance, they can rearrange your sign on time so as not to interfere with the course. If this is not possible then you will be excused from the course to sign. Please let your group leader know if you are going to need to go and sign on.

How do I book a place?

There are a couple of different ways you can sign up to any of our courses; online, over the phone, or through your Job Centre.

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