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Essential Work Skills

Through strong links with partner organisations and employers, UCQ deliver a range of focussed, vocationally specific, essential skills to those seeking employment and those wishing to up-skill.  

Our courses prepare students for working in their chosen sector, help them gain an understanding of what employers expect of them and provide support in finding sustainable employment or career progression.

Amazon - Darlington

Amazon are planning to open their Darlington fulfilment centre this spring, and they have confirmed that, despite the COVID19 situation, this is still going ahead, and in fact, is planned earlier than initially anticipated

UCQ can help you increase your chances of securing employment with our Essential Skills for Warehousing course which is both fully funded and delivered remotely.   


 This course prepares you for working in a retail environment, providing an understanding of what employers look for and offering support in finding sustainable employment


This course prepares you for working in a warehousing or production environment, providing the knowledge and skills employers look for and offering support in finding sustainable employment..

Construction Labouring

This course provides an understanding of the knowledge required for working in construction labouring,  including the Heath, Safety & Environment test and green CSCS card.

Case Studies

“The course helped improve my confidence so much that I managed to get a new job before I’d even finished the course.”
– Brian Bell

(Previous Essential Skills for Retail Student)



 Looking for a course that will give you new skills, knowledge and behaviours to help you secure employment or progress in your current job role?


Having trouble recruiting or retaining staff? UCQ can provide bespoke recruitment packages, business advice or organisational needs analysis.

Referral Organisations

UCQ work with a range of referral organisations to develop EWS courses to meet the needs of your clients, service users or wider community.

Careers and Education Information, Advice and Guidance

At UCQ we engage and support you into sustained employment, volunteering or further education and training.

We work with employers to offer pre-employment training or volunteering opportunities. Whether it is to discuss careers, education and course options, or guidance and support on job search and interview skills, UCQ can help. 

Frequently asked questions

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