Opening Doors

Free short courses for jobseekers

Kickstart your career!

Over the past year COVID-19 has caused a lot of uncertainty - and for those who face unemployment, even more so. 

If you've been unfortunate enough to lose your job during these challenging circumstances, you're probably unsure what to do next. Let us help you turn this into an opportunity to launch an exciting new career with one of our Opening Doors programmes. 

We offer free courses for jobseekers to help you take that first step. During the national lockdown we are moving some of our courses to remote delivery, this means they will now be taught online. The courses range from 2-5 weeks. Some have accredited qualifications, and all are there to support you on your journey back into employment.

Each course is designed and run by an experienced tutor to guide you through the course, as well as providing advice, guidance and progression. These are the same tutors who deliver the courses all year round face to face. We'll be back delivering our full programme with face to face teaching as soon as we can, check out a full list of our courses below. 

To find out more or register your interest, please email OpeningDoors@gbmc.ac.uk

Are you eligible?

If you're aged 19+ and the following criteria apply, you qualify for one of our free Opening Doors programmes.

  • Unemployed and in receipt of a means tested benefit* OR
  • Employed and earning less than £17,004 per year**

*Accepted means tested benefits include: Universal Credit, JSA, ESA, Income Support, Housing Benefit, Pension Credit, Council Tax Benefit. 

**Accepted evidence of your earnings include: Last three months payslips, P60 or a formal contract of employment. 

Are you eligible?

Available courses

  • Brighton
    Opening Doors | AAT | Accountancy Access Award in Bookkeeping | Level 1
    Opening Doors | AAT | Accountancy Access Award in Bookkeeping | Level 1

    This Level 1 short course will help you develop an understanding of the role of the bookkeeper

    • Course type: Adult qualifications and professional
    • Duration: 3 weeks
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  • Brighton
    Opening Doors | AAT | Business Skills | Level 1 | Brighton MET
    Opening Doors | AAT | Business Skills | Level 1 | Brighton MET

    This Level 1 short course will provide you with business and administration skills used in the workplace and lead to an Award in Business Skills qualification (AAT).

    • Course type: Adult qualifications and professional
    • Duration: 4 Weeks
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  • Opening Doors | BTEC Health and Social Care | Level 1
    Opening Doors | BTEC Health and Social Care | Level 1

    This introductory course is aimed at people who may have been made redundant, are changing careers, returning to work or are unsure about their future career direction. This course enables you to achieve a Level 1 Award in Health and Social Care.

    • Course type: Adult qualifications and professional
    • Duration: 3 weeks
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  • Brighton
    Opening Doors | Graphic Design
    Opening Doors | Graphic Design

    A fun, interactive course taught by creative media professionals covering an introduction to graphic design. You will learn how to create layouts, use typography and the basics of Adobe InDesign and Photoshop

    • Course type: Adult leisure and hobby
    • Duration: 4 weeks
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  • Brighton
    Opening Doors | IT for Beginners
    Opening Doors | IT for Beginners

    This course will introduce you to the basics of IT skills and build your confidence using a range of software.

    • Course type: Adult leisure and hobby
    • Duration: 3 weeks
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  • Brighton
    Opening Doors | Maximise your Job Prospects | Brighton MET
    Opening Doors | Maximise your Job Prospects | Brighton MET

    Our new Maximise Your Job Prospects course runs for one week. It will provide learners with practical tips, 1:1 coaching and support from a friendly and experienced tutor, and aims to improve self-confidence, motivation and employability skills.

    • Course type: Adult qualifications and professional
    • Duration: 1 Week
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  • Brighton
    Opening Doors | NCFE Certificate in Mental Health Awareness | Level 2
    Opening Doors | NCFE Certificate in Mental Health Awareness | Level 2

    A great introduction to a wide range of mental health problems including stress, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, post natal depression and more.

    • Course type: Adult qualifications and professional
    • Duration: 6 weeks
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  • Online
    Opening Doors | NCFE Common Health Conditions | Level 2 | Online Course
    Opening Doors | NCFE Common Health Conditions | Level 2 | Online Course

    A six-week online course for individuals keen to learn more about long term health conditions including stroke, Parkinson's Disease, arthritis and more.

    • Course type: Adult qualifications and professional
    • Duration: 6 weeks
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  • Brighton
    Opening Doors | NCFE Counselling | Level 1
    Opening Doors | NCFE Counselling | Level 1

    This course is suitable for anyone who wants to develop their listening and counselling skills.

    • Course type: Adult qualifications and professional
    • Duration: 10 weeks
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  • Brighton
    Opening Doors | Start your own Business
    Opening Doors | Start your own Business

    If you dream of starting your own business or are interested in the process of how ideas and visions become businesses, then this course is for you.

    • Course type: Adult leisure and hobby
    • Duration: 7 days
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