New Start – Because everyone needs a helping hand at some time in their life.

Whether you’re looking for your first job, in between jobs, furloughed or simply want to improve your career prospects, you will find a range of courses to help you gain new skills through our New Start initiative.

City College Peterborough, in partnership with Peterborough College, is here to support you throughout your journey and give you a helping hand to help you move forward with your life.

You will find a wide range of courses and programmes, some leading to a recognised qualification, designed to improve your career prospects, and general wellbeing, to help you gain the skills you need.

Your first step for a brighter future

No matter where you are in your journey, the first thing you may wish to do is to have an initial chat or session with one of our experienced Careers’ Adviser to find out what help and advice you may need to move forward.  Whether it’s helping you to update or create your CV, discuss your current experience, knowledge and skills to help you focus on the career that would suit you best, or guide you to ways you can find job opportunities and help you get into the workplace, career progression or simply improve your general wellbeing.

To find out more about our FREE National Careers service click here

Download a copy of our New Start leaflet here



  • looking for your first job?
  • wanting to get back into work after time off?
  • wanting to change your career?
  • hoping to move on in your current job?

Our expert careers advisor Rob Doran, is here to help.

Enrol NOW on one or more of the FREE courses below at City College, Brook Street.   

  • NEW START 1: What career skills have I already got? Tuesday, 16th November 1.00-2.30 pm  More Info
  • NEW START 2: Create & adapt you CV Tuesday, 23rd November 1.00-2.30 pm  More Info
  • NEW START 3: How to look for a job Tuesday, 30th November 1.00-2.30 pm More Info
  • NEW START 4: How to perform well in job interviews Tuesday, 7th December 1.00-2.30 pm More Info
  • NEW START 5: An Overview Tuesday, 14th December 1.00-2.30 pm More Info

Improve your English and maths skills?

A sound knowledge of English and maths skills are so important for work and in everyday life.  A recognised qualification also looks good on your CV when you’re applying for a job or career progression.

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We offer a range of courses to help you improve your skills and boost your confidence and to work towards improving your skills and also work towards a recognised qualification.

  • Functional English and maths courses
  • GCSE English and maths courses
  • ESOL English

You can find out more here. 



FREE online Qualification courses for your first step into a new career

You could take the first step into gaining a recognised work-related qualification in an area where there are local job opportunities on one of our short online programmes.  These short online courses are designed to fit in with your work and personal commitments and you’ll have regular sessions with your tutor throughout the programme.

  • Care
  • Childcare
  • Teaching/Teaching Assistant
  • Business.

Click here to take a look at some of the current FREE online courses you could consider.

Please note:  You will need to hold a minimum Level 1 English qualification to enrol onto these courses and have access to a computer and wifi to complete the course.

Apprenticeships – A great way to get a qualification in your chosen career

Apprenticeships are the ideal way to progress your career prospects whilst studying for a recognised qualification.  Apprenticeships aren’t just for young people, they are suitable for adults of all ages and ideal for people starting a making a career change or wish to progress their career to improve their promotion prospects.

Current Apprenticeship programmes include:

Level 2+ Qualifications in Counselling, Teaching and other professions

If you would like to progress a career in Counselling or Teaching, City College Peterborough is a great place to study for your qualifications.

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All of our teacher training courses are awarded by City and Guilds. We offer a range of courses from Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools to Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training, giving you the opportunity to advance your career in learning support and teacher training.

Courses starting in September 2021

Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools

Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

Level 3 Award in Education and Training

Register your interest now

Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (Virtual Classroom)

Flexible start date
No of sessions: 54
Fee: £1050*

This qualification is suitable for those who are currently reaching in the Post-16 education sector and hold the full range of teaching responsibilities (planning, delivery, assessment, resource development and course evaluation). You must have access to at least 100 hours of teaching practice during the course.

Some units you will study include: teaching, learning and assessment in education and training, developing teaching, learning and assessment in education and training, theories principles and models in education and training, and wider professional practice and development in education and training.

To register your interest email today.

* Eligible for 19+ Advanced Learner Loan

Work-related skills and qualifications

We offer courses in First Aid or Food Safety, to Certificates up to Diploma level.  Please email the New Start team to find out more about these programmes.

If you are an employer looking for staff training and development there is a fantastic range of courses available at City College Peterborough to suit your needs. This is an ideal time if you have furloughed staff to give them the skills and support to ease their return to the workplace.

You may also benefit from learning about Zoom or Teams, short courses for adults and children during furlough or careers’ advice, we’ve got a range of courses to give you a new start in life.

Contact our dedicated team on 01733 555197 or email

Leisure courses

City College Peterborough offer a range of short, non-qualification courses in range of subjects such as arts and crafts, literature, languages, history, music and cookery.  These courses are ideal for learning something new in a stimulating, supportive environment with like-minded people, improving your skills and general wellbeing.

Take a look at the courses available here.


When you leave school, there are a huge range of options available to you, including further education.  City College Peterborough and Peterborough College offer a range of vocational programmes for young people to help them gain the skills they need to inform their career choice and study towards a work-related qualification

There are lots of different options for school or college leavers to choose from, helping them to continue with their learning and qualifications. Click here to find out more.

Can’t find what you’re looking for?

We’re always developing new programmes and courses to meet the needs of the community.  If you see what you’re looking for, drop us an email and we’ll see if we can help you find the course that’s right for you.


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