Employability Skills for Teaching Assistants - September 2020

  • Thornton Heath
  • 0-10 hours per week


CALAT is one of the largest adult education providers in the country offering more than 500 part-time courses every year in various venues across the borough of Croydon on behalf of Croydon Council.


Our award-winning provision has been delivering courses to residents in the borough for over 70 years. The programme includes a variety of recreational, academic, pre-vocational and vocational courses in childcare and teaching assistant training, creative arts, health and social care, business administration, ICT, languages, English and maths, English for speakers of other languages and courses for adults with learning disabilities.


We also work with businesses and employers to deliver training aimed at raising the skills level of employees and developing the workforce.



Do you want to understand the skills and personal qualities necessary to gain employment in a school? This course will help you create an action plan for future learning and employment. You will learn about the roles and responsibilities of teaching assistants, how to develop and practice your communication, presentation and teamwork skills whilst identifying your strengths and areas for development. 


The course aims to help you:

  • Learn, develop and practice skills required for employment
  • Find out about and prepare for the demands of the level 2 teaching assistant course
  • Prepare to work in schools as a member of the support staff team
  • Further develop your literacy skills


Start Date: 22 Sep 2020

End Date: 02 Mar 2021

Course Duration: 20 weeks

Time: Tue 09:30-12:30, 13:00-15:00



  • A minimum of entry 3 English / literacy. If you wish to progress further you will be required to attend additional English / literacy classes to support your learning.
  • No previous knowledge of this course is required. This course is for people considering a career working as a teaching assistant / learning support assistant in key stages 1-4. It will also be of interest to parents or others working as volunteers in schools. 
  • You will be asked to complete all paperwork necessary for CALAT to claim government funding which subsidises the cost of the course.





Cost: £415


Free, if on qualifying benefits (proof of benefits e.g. benefit award letters, Universal Credit statements etc. need to be provided). 

Help with Fees/Childcare: 
Discretionary Learner Support Fund support is offered to those that are on a low household income and offers up to 90% off the cost of your course though eligibility criteria may vary during the academic year or term in which your course is running. 

Our Childcare Support Fund is also available upon request.


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