IT training for IT jobs, FREE for the unemployed

It training free for the unemployed Practical IT Training Microsoft Academy programme member City and Guilds centre Matrix Standard

Frequently asked questions

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about the free training programme for the unemployed. To see an answer, click the question.

I don't think my IT skills are strong enough

JBC offers preliminary free IT application packages and training to get individuals ready.

I am afraid of failing the course because I am not expert in IT

We offer additional support, before and during the programme as the individual requires this is what contributes to our high success rates.

I cannot afford to do a long training course, I need a job as soon as possible.

JBC offers roll-on-roll off short, but intensive 6 week courses.

I wont be able to afford the course materials, equipment either havenít got any or too old.

At JBC all your materials are free, learning materials, exam fees, and exam registrations, and now with the help of our many generous employers we will be offering Lap Tops during the training, and more importantly after the initial 6 week training so you can continue your job search and ongoing training to keep up to date.

Will I still receive my benefit payments whilst I am on the training programme for the unemployed?

It has been agreed with Coventry Job Centre Plus that your benefit payments will be unaffected whilst you are on this training programme and that they will assist you with transport costs to and from the training centre. However, for other areas you should consult with your Job Centre Plus advisor to clarify your individual circumstances.

Do I have to pay anything?

No, if you are eligible this programme is fully funded; if you are offered a place on the programme there is nothing to pay for your training.

Am I eligible to apply for this programme ?

You must be a UK or EU citizen normally resident in the UK for at least the last 3 years. If you are 19 or over you must be unemployed and in receipt of some form of state benefits. For full eligibility requirements for the funding see here.

Is this programme right for me?

If you are keen to get into employment at the earliest opportunity and you have an interest in working in the IT industry then this training is right for you.

What does the programme include?

This programme includes practical work based training in a wide range of up to date technologies from, for example Microsoft. In addition it includes career development support and work on removing any barriers to employment in this skill sector. Full details of your programme would be agreed at your assessment interview.

What qualifications will I gain?

You will work towards a range of industry recognised qualifications from, for example, City & Guilds and Microsoft, dependant on your ability level. Those who show sufficient aptitude and ability will have the opportunity to take optional Microsoft Technical Associate (MTA) awards in networking, security and server administration. Note, exam fees may be payable for these optional certifications.

Where is the training based ?

Your training would be based in our Coventry centre and you must be in a position to attend full-time, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm for the duration of you programme.

Will I be paid during this training?

You are not employed during this programme and will therefore not be paid. You will retain your benefit payments and receive travelling expenses

How many hours a week must I attend?

This is a work based programme to achieve employment in the shortest possible time. It is not therefore appropriate to attend part time.

What is the selection process for this programme?

If you wish to apply, you first need to contact us by filling in the application online. On the basis of your online application you may then be invited to an assessment interview. This is our opportunity to meet you in person and you get to look round our training facilities. Any offer of training will then be made to you in writing, after your visit.

Is accommodation provided?

No. Accommodation is not provided so you need to live within daily travelling distance of our facilities in Coventry, or make your own arrangements.

This project is financed by the European Union.

Training links


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Course booking here

JBC Academy

The Microsoft IT Academy Programme is a learning model for technology-skills development and offers the latest IT education programmes for Microsoft technologies. It links academic learning to real-world job skills and helps students gain the IT skills needed to advance in their career.

City & Guilds Centre

JBC has been an approved City & Guilds centre for many years and is at the forefront of developing vocational training programmes that deliver real world skills and meet the academic requirements of national qualifications recognised around the world.