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Thanks to our partnership with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), we can offer a selection of free online training programmes, that are supported by our specialist trainers and result in a nationally recognised qualification!

Why not use this opportunity to boost your skills in the areas that employers look for?

GMCA Business Improvement Card

Business Improvement Techniques

Level 2 Certificate 

This qualification has been designed for those who wish to or already work in roles that improve business performance, making processes more efficient such as saving on time or costs.

GMCA Lean Management Card

Lean Management Techniques

Level 2 Certificate 

Develop your knowledge and skills with business improvement tools and techniques and understand what makes an effective team, including how to handle conflict.

GMCA Team Leading Card

Team Leading

Level 2 Certificate 

Learn the principles of leadership with modules such as how to deliver customer service and resolve problems. This course has been developed for aspiring or practising managers.

GMCA Digital Skills for Work

Digital Skills for Work

Level 2 Certificate 

Developing existing digital skills further, this online programme teaches participants how to protect data, communicate using technology and apply digital skills in a business environment.

GMCA Data Protection Card

Data Protection and Security

Level 2 Certificate 

Data security professionals are highly sought after, as it is now a legal requirement for businesses to be data compliant. This course provides learners with the skills to enter this industry.

GMCA Functional Skills Maths Skills Card

Maths Functional Skills

Level 1 & 2 Certificates 

Our Functional Skills Maths qualifications enable you to gain confidence in mathematics and supports you to develop behaviours such as persistence and logical thinking, preparing you for employment.

GMCA Business Admin Card

Business Administration

Level 2 Certificate 

This free, online learning programme is designed to help you build upon basic business administration skills and understand national occupational standards to improve employment opportunities.

Customer Service

Level 1 Certificate 

This nationally recognised qualification is designed to prepare learners for employment and supports them to understand the basics of customer service roles.

GMCA Customer Service L2 Card

Customer Service

Level 2 Certificate 

This qualification is designed to support learners who are new to the customer service sector and wish to improve their knowledge of this area for career progression. 

GMCA Career Prep Card

Career Preparation

Level 1 Certificate 

This free, online learning programme is designed to help people prepare for employment with topics such as self-assessment, applying for a job, interview techniques and more.

GMCA Employability Skills Card

Employment Skills

Level 2 Certificate 

With this qualification, you will learn self-management skills, communication solutions and how to become effective at work so that you improve employment chances across a range of sectors.

GMCA Functional Skills English Skills Card

English Functional Skills

Level 1 & 2 Certificates 

Our Functional Skills English qualifications ensure that you are able to speak, listen, communicate, read and write with accuracy, preparing you for employment.

Apply now and kick start your learning with Babington.

Level 3 courses: Starting February 2022

These level 3 courses will be available for individuals within Greater Manchester in February 2022. Send your Expression of Interest form below to join our waiting list for either of these free, online qualifications.


Principles of ICT
Level 3

Duration: 16 weeks

Qualification: Level 3 Certificate in Principles of ICT

This programme is ideal for those looking to begin a career in the digital sector by learning new ICT skills. It is also appropriate for those looking to enter higher education to become a highly-skilled IT professional.


Leadership and Management
Level 3

Duration: 5 months

Qualification: Level 3 Diploma in Principles of Leadership and Management

Designed to evolve leadership skills, as well as gaining a nationally recognised qualification, this programme is aimed at those who are aspiring or practising managers.

    Interested in these level 3 programmes? Send your Expression of Interest to join our waiting list!

    All of our Greater Manchester Level 3 programmes will start in February 2022.

    By completing this Expression of Interest form, you are letting Babington know that you are interested in beginning one of our Greater Manchester (Level 3) courses in February 2022.

    We will send you information about this course and studying with Babington.
    We may contact you to discuss this course and ensure you have the relevant information.

    Please select which course(s) you wish to enrol on in February 2022.

    Leadership and Management DiplomaIT Principles Level 3

    Want to start learning sooner?

    Not based in Greater Manchester but are interested in free, online learning? Click the button below to see what other qualifications we can offer you.

    Two Skills Bootcamps (Digital Leadership and Analysing Data) designed to help individuals develop specific skills for working digitally in the workplace.

    Looking for something else? Our apprenticeships also offer a powerful option to gain employment and continue your learner development and learning.