Employability: Skills for Success SWAP for 50+

Next course starting: TBA

Is your job search grinding to a halt? Are you feeling deflated and overwhelmed? Want to put your talents to good use and make a difference, but have no idea how?

Breathe new life into your job search with this live online course, exclusive for those aged 50+.

Two week online course

Nationally accredited

100% free

Engaging digital learning

Guaranteed job interview

Level 1 qualification

Join over 60,000 people who have upskilled with Strive Training!

Course Description

This is a two-week live online course that will refocus and revitalise your job search. You’ll gain tailored and practical career ideas based on your unique personality and transferable skills. You’ll also learn how to boost your CV, LinkedIn strategy, and job interview skills to land you your dream job. 

Please, you’ll earn a guaranteed interview with a suitable partner-employer, such as:

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By the end of this course, you will:

    • feel more confident and motivated
    • know techniques that develop resilience, positivity and ability to manage change
    • be familiar with digital tools to help with your job search
    • have a clear, concise and professional CV that will help you stand out amongst hiring managers
    • have discovered the right career path for you based on your interests, skills and experience and put your personal career plan into action
    • know how to overcome your nerves and ace your next job interview!
    • have connected with leading employers across the UK through Strive Training’s amazing employer network and ring-fenced job opportunities

Course Starting Dates: TBA

Course Length: This course lasts for two weeks

Free Course for: Anyone who is unemployed and aged 50 or over who has been living in the European Union for the last 3 years

Certified Awarding Body: NCFE

Post-Course Employment Support: Once you’ve completed your course, you’ll receive tailored career advice and employment support to help you take your next skills into a new career. You’ll also have access to our incredibly strong employer network and their amazing job opportunities! 

How live courses work

Your daily Zoom session, with our experienced and dynamic tutor, runs from 9:30am to 4:30pm (with a one hour lunch break).

Course Content
  • Unit 1: Understanding Mindset

Explore your own mindset, and understand what mind sets attract employers. We’ll also be looking at how to improve your mindset.

  • Unit 2: Understanding Motivation

Identify what motivates and demotivates people – and discover how we can stay positive and motivated despite difficult challenges.

  • Unit 3: Applying for a job

To start, you’ll learn how to overcome common challenges in applying for job openings. You’ll find out what employers look for in job applications, CVs and cover letters and how to professionally present information about yourself in various job application formats. Plus, you’ll get inside tips on crafting a winning CV and have the opportunity to create a brilliant one for your job search using free Digital CV technology!

  • Unit 4: How to keep improving

Prepare for new opportunities by embracing continuous improvement

  • Unit 5: Computer Skills in the workplace

We’ll take a look at the technology skills you need to work in a modern workplace – and practise them.

  • Unit 6: Writing a CV

Our expert tutor will help you create a CV you’re proud to submit. You’ll use east-to-use technology to help you along the way.

  • Unit 7: Independence

How to develop the skills and to work independently, with confidence.

  • Unit 8:  Searching for a job

During this unit, you’ll develop the skills and knowledge to breathe new life into your job search. You’ll uncover how your own unique skills, interests and experiences can open up career opportunities that you may not have previously considered! Also, you’ll discover the best places to search for suitable jobs, how to match your skills to job descriptions and gain tips for standing out to recruiters and hiring managers. Plus you’ll gain free, lifetime access to our career direction app!

  • Unit 11: Developing Assertiveness

Assertiveness is a key skill that can help you to better manage yourself, others and situations you may find yourself in.

  • Unit 12: Interview skills

In this final unit, you’ll master the skills to ace your next job interview. From dressing to impress and researching potential interview questions to articulating your thoughts with clarity and confidence, you’ll explore all of the key elements of a successful job interview. You’ll also have the opportunity to practice answering interview questions, as well prepare a presentation for a potential job interview.

  • Unit 13: Change

Learn techniques to help cope with change.

  • Unit 14: Health and wellbeing in the Workplace

Explore the connection between wellbeing and work, identifying tools to minimise work-related stress.

Are you eligible to complete this qualification for free?

This qualification is 100% government funded if:

  • You were born before the 31st August 2004
  • You must currently live in England. However, anyone living in the following areas is not eligible for funding: Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley, West Midlands and West of England
  • Must live in the UK or EEA:
    • If you are outside of London: You have lived in the EEA for the last 3 years (unless you have have been given a special Visa/Residence permits that gives you the permanent right to remain)
    • If you are within Greater London: You must have permission to reside in the UK for the next 12 months
  • Are unemployed:
    • If you are outside of London: Can provide evidence of being in receipt of benefits (subject to eligibility)
    • If you are within Greater London: There is no need to be in receipt of benefits. However, you must be actively seeking work and available to start work (subject to eligibility)
  • Can provide Identifications and relevant documentation as required
  • For Level 2 courses: If on the 31st of August 2022, you were aged between 19-23, you need to have gained a full level 2 qualification (e.g. five or more GCSE/O-Levels at grades A* – C / 4 – 9, one A-Level, two/three AS-Levels, five or more CSE grade 1’s, GNVQ Intermediate, QCF Diploma Level 2)
Our Home Learning courses take place from the comfort of your home. You'll join a virtual classroom on Zoom.
You will need a Laptop/Home PC with internet access. You cannot participate using a phone.
All our courses are free for those who are unemployed, subject to eligibility.
We are adding the ability to enroll yourself very soon, but in the meantime, please fill out the form on this page - and someone from the team will get in touch with you within a day.
No, you don’t need to attend our training center for any of our Home Learning courses. (Note that under normal circumstances we deliver various classroom-based courses from our training centers in Croydon, Harrow and Tottenham - learn more at https://strivetraining.wpengine.com/classroom-based-courses/)
Yes, anyone who is employed or unemployed can enroll on any of our courses, subject to eligibility.
You can enroll on one course at a time, but you can do as many as you like to achieve your career goals. We are happy to give you information, advice and guidance on any courses you wish to complete.
All our Home Learning courses are assignment based, you will need to complete assignments for each of the units of the qualifications and submit them to your assessor.
Yes, there are further courses that will become available in due course, we will be keeping our website updated regularly, but if you would like to be notified please email us at homelearning@strivetraining.co.uk
We continually try to make learning simple and transparent. Learning through our online platform is incredibly easy and you can navigate around your qualification quickly and access all the learning materials as soon as you login. Your studying should be about what you learn, not how you learn it. Which is why we make the entire process as simple as possible to help you adjust to learning online.
Of course. All our courses are accredited courses and you will receive a nationally recognised certification on achievement. You will receive a digital version of your certificate, inline with our commitment to sustainability.
The Awarding Bodies takes between 8 -12 weeks to process certificates. For all queries regarding certification please email us on certification@strivetraining.co.uk. When contacting us please include the following information: • Full Name • Title of the qualification • Contact details and address.
Next Steps

Simply complete the short form on the right. You'll then immediately be able to complete your Fast-Track online registration.

This registration process will confirm your eligibility to have your qualification 100% government funded. Join 60,000 other learners who have chosen to upskill with Strive Training - register now!

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