West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges

[re]boot courses

These FREE (fully-funded) short courses can fit around your existing work or family commitments and help you to gain employment or skills in construction, engineering or digital industries and roles.

What's in it for you?
Gain new skills and qualifications and improve your chances of progressing your career. Our colleges can offer courses from Level 2 up to Level 4. Courses will include: classroom study, peer mentoring, confidence building and visits to the workplace dependent on your chosen course. All [re]boot courses have been developed in partnership with local employers to ensure you are taught current and needed skills for employment.

Who can apply? (eligibility)
These courses are available for adults aged 18 and over. Are you:

  • employed and would like to develop new skills to progress your career?
  • considering a career change?

If you’ve answered yes to any of the above then [re]boot could be for you. See below for further course information. These courses are listed in order of start date.

This project supports Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) all-age careers and inspiration campaign, #futuregoals, by providing relevant content and practical courses to address the skills shortages in our region.[re]boot is part-funded by the European Social Fund.

Introductory Award Building Information Modelling (BIM)


Course provider: Wakefield College
Industry: Construction
Dates: Mid February, mid March and mid April 2020
Level: 3
Duration: Two weeks
Venue: ASIC Centre Margaret Street, Wakefield

Course description:

This course is aimed at people currently working in the sector looking to develop a knowledge on BIM or those working as tradespersons looking to gain a technical insight/skill.

Learners will gain knowledge of fundamental concepts associated with BIM; from knowledge of key terminology to the principles and standards associated with BIM implementation in the UK. They will develop an understanding of the drivers leading to BIM implementation, the barriers to success and the benefits that can be gained.

Learners will then be able to progress to Implementation of BIM, which provides the underpinning knowledge and understanding needed to support decision making, to plan the introduction of BIM in an organisation, and learn about the implementation process.

Hybrid Vehicle Routine Maintenance


Course provider: Kirklees College
Industry: Engineering and Motor Vehicle
Monday 9–10 March,
Wednesday 11–12 March or,
Monday 20–21 April.

Level: 2
Duration: Either two (five hour) days, or three evening sessions - a total of 10 hours learning
Venue: Engineering Centre, Turnbridge Road, Huddersfield, HD1 6AG

Course description:

This course is for people who may encounter electric/hybrid vehicles in a routine maintenance situation. The course will develop the knowledge and skills required to work safely around a vehicle that may have had damage to its high energy/electrical system (not voltage components or systems).

The course will be made up of theory and practical sessions and could lead to the Level 3 Award in Electric/Hybrid Vehicle System Repair and Replacement.

Skills for Employment in the Construction Industries


Course provider: Wakefield College
Industry: Construction
Dates: Monday 24 February - April 2020
Level: 2
Duration: Eight weeks - Mondays 9am-8pm
Venue: Wakefield College, Castleford Campus, WF10 4UA

Course description:

This course is suitable for employed or self employed individuals who have already received some basic construction training and are looking to enhance these skills.

The aims of the qualification are to enable learners:

  • To gain work-related skills within the construction industries
  • To prepare for further training or employment within their chosen occupational area/s
  • To have an insight into the core activities within their chosen occupational area/s, ito be able to make informed decisions on future career choices.

The course will cover two elements: working safely in construction through classroom study, and practical study in either bricklaying, carpentry and joinery or plumbing.

Step into Digital


Course provider: Calderdale College
Industry: Digital
Dates: W/C Monday 23 March 2020
Level: 1/2
Duration: 12 weeks (alternate Mondays and Tuesdays 6pm -8.45pm)
Venue: Calderdale College, Francis Street, Halifax, HX1 3UZ

Course description:

An introduction to the digital sector and the roles within it - Software Development, Digital Infrastructure, Web Development, Digital Marketing and Data Analysis. An introduction to 'Agile' and the ethos, along with developing skills in problem solving and team working.

The course will include group sessions, one-one support and remote learning. Learners will be expected to commit to at least three hours per week in addition to the sessions.

On completion of the course, you will be able to progress your learning within the following specialisms:

  • Software Development
  • Digital Infrastructure
  • Web Development
  • Digital Marketing
  • Data Analysis

Or you may be able to progress to an entry level job within the digital sector.

Turning, Milling and Welding Techniques


Course provider: Leeds City College
Industry: Engineering
Start date: w/c Monday 6 April
Duration: Three full days (days TBC)
Level: 2 (unit of)

Course description:

The training session offered in this project will provide instruction and guidance on producing an engineered product from the planning and design stage through to completion.

Learners can take advantage of being able to use the college’s milling machines, lathe machines, fabrication and welding equipment.

Further to the practical training session, we will also look in detail at the different career opportunities that are available within engineering and how these can be accessed.

The session will conclude with a presentation of the final product and a summary of the skills developed.

This course is aimed at those currently in engineering sector interested in gaining additional skills and progression and those interested in moving into the engineering sector.

Hybrid Electric Vehicle Operation and Maintenance


Course provider: Bradford College
Industry: Engineering and Motor Vehicle
Dates: Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 April
Level: 2
Duration: Two full days
Venue: Bowling Back Lane – Bradford College

Course description:

This course is designed for candidates who need to know more of the safety precautions to be taken when working on or near a high voltage hybrid. Therefore this applies to both automotive technicians and emergency services staff. Candidates must already be employed in the motor vehicle industry.

An initial assessment of each candidate will be carried out to identify if the candidate has any specific training needs, if they need any guidance and if they have already completed a unit/credit which is applicable to the qualification.

The course will be broken down into three learning outcomes, which is broken down further into specific assessment criteria:

Learning outcome 1 – Know hybrid system components and operation.

Learning outcome 2 – Know how to work safely on hybrid and related vehicle systems.

Learning outcome 3 – Know how to carry out maintenance and repair activities when working on Hybrid Vehicles.

Digital Data Analysis Incorporating an Introduction to Coding


Course provider: Shipley College
Industry: Digital
Dates: Friday 8 May - Friday 3 July 2020
Level: 2
Duration: Fridays 9am-4pm
Venue: Shipley College, Saltaire

Course description:

The course ‘Digital Data Analysis incorporating an introduction to coding’ recognises the importance of data analytics in the workplace. The course will work from a foundation of strong spreadsheet skills and develop confidence in developing functionality skills by using programming techniques.

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