Our courses

Open courses Sep – Nov 2017

You can find details of the course content in our downloadable Course brochure 2017. Please see our Course fees and then if you would like to book a place, use our booking form or see How to book / get in touch.

26 SepIntroduction to benefits (full day)
10 OctUniversal credit (half day)
31 OctHousing rights and homelessness (full day)
28 NovBenefits and coming to the UK

If the course you are looking for is not in the current programme or you can’t make the course date, do email us at training.manager@readingcab.org.uk to discuss other options. If the subject area you are interested in is not scheduled, have a look at the Full list of courses tab. If you would like to book one of these for a group of delegates please see the tab on Tailored / In house courses.

Tailored / In house courses

In addition to the open Course programme we also offer tailored courses to suit your organisation and to suit your staff. If you have a group of staff you would like to train we can run these courses at your location or in our training facility.

Our courses are planned and discussed with you to ensure they meet your requirements. We rarely run exactly the same course twice.

You can choose a course we already offer in our open Course programme or you can choose elements from our Full list of courses, tailored to your specific requirements. To find out more see How to book / get in touch.

Examples of tailored courses we have run:
  • A one day course giving an overview of benefits in the morning and then covering universal credit in more detail in the afternoon.
  • A two hour session at a team meeting on the changes to the state retirement pension.
  • Five all day sessions preparing volunteers to provide information and signposting at a drop in centre, covering a mix of soft skills (e.g. interviewing clients and using websites) as well as providing an overview of benefits and housing.

Full list of courses

We run these courses at various times throughout the year, or elements of them can be put together to create a course to suit your own requirements. Please see our Course brochure 2017 for details of course content.

Training for frontline workers

Welfare benefits

Introduction to benefits
Welfare reform
Universal credit
Benefits for those on a low income
Sickness and disability benefits
Effective form filling: ESA and PIP
Benefits and coming to UK
Benefit appeals and tribunals
Benefits for older people

Debt and money

Helping clients to manage money
Helping clients to manage debt
Common court forms in money advice
Bankruptcy and other debt solutions


Housing rights and homelessness

Frontline skills

Dealing with difficult clients
Interviewing clients
Coaching clients to achieve their goals
How to negotiate for clients

Management skills

Managing staff

Managing volunteers
Managing staff - an essential guide to employment law
Effective recruitment
Making people redundant
Ensuring quality of advice
Preparing people for retirement


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