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Level 2 Sewing into Business Progression - Rochdale Training Centre, Rochdale

Discover the art of precision and creativity in our Sewing for Business progression Course. Expand on the fundamentals of machine sewing, mastering essential techniques, and creating a garment of your choice. You'll gain hands-on experience and the confidence to bring your design ideas to life. Learners will be taught how to make specific garments, as well as master more skilled techniques, such as sewing concealed zips into garments and more complex stitching. Join us for a transformative learning experience that blends craftsmanship with entrepreneurial acumen, equipping you for success in the world of sewing and business.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 07/06/2024 -
Fri 28/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 4:00pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Rochdale Training
Fishwick Street
Rochdale
OL16 5NA
Tutor:
Nasim Younis
Course code:
Q00015446
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
8 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £75.00

Award in Volunteering Level 2

If you’d like to learn universal work skills that can help you in a variety of paid or voluntary roles, community volunteering qualifications are your best bet. Research volunteer opportunities that can bring you gratification and teach you important skills. Get a peek into the voluntary work sector and understand which roles could suit you. This course is appropriate if you want to start voluntary work or already form part of a voluntary organisation. It can also help the long-term unemployed or those returning to work after a long break.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 07/06/2024 -
Fri 12/07/2024
Times:
9:45am - 1:45pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Gale Hollis
Course code:
Q00015830
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £75.00

Personal Development: First Steps to Using a Computer

This intermediate introduction to computers course provides learners with indispensable skills for confidently navigating modern computing environments. Participants will develop proficiency in fundamental software applications, effective file management, and basic troubleshooting techniques. Engaging in hands-on activities, students will cultivate practical knowledge in word processing, spreadsheet management, and presentation software. By the end of the course, learners will be equipped with the necessary tools to navigate and utilize various software efficiently, enhancing their productivity and adaptability in today's digital landscape.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 07/06/2024 -
Fri 12/07/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Involve Wellbeing (Lincoln)
12 Mint Lane
Lincoln
LN1 1UD
Tutor:
Patrick O'Reilly
Course code:
Q00015862
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £33.60

Intermediate Digital Skills

Get digitally fit for modern life and gain confidence in facing situations that require digital skills. Build on your basic computer skills in this Improvers course and see how digital training can help to transform your life. This intermediate Digital Skills course is for anyone wanting to improve their computer skills. Digital training teaches you skills for learning, life, and work. Improving your digital skills can help you in your everyday life. This course could also help you progress to job roles that require digital work skills.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 10/06/2024 -
Mon 08/07/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Wesley Hall Community Centre (Leicester)
76 Hartington Road
Leicester
LE2 0GN
Tutor:
Ayman Ali
Course code:
Q00013970
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £33.60

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Membership Information

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12 months
Fee:
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Employability & Skills: Introduction to Working in Care

Explore the world of care work with this introductory course. The course is aimed at anyone who would like to explore and broaden their interest in working in the care sector. We will cover the basics including the national standards and values required set by regulatory bodies to work in care. You do not need any special tools to attend, just yourself and some enthusiasm. Start your wellbeing journey today by registering for this course.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 10/06/2024 -
Wed 10/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 2:00pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Rosalyn Curwen
Course code:
Q00014728
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £148.00

Multiply Essex: How to be safe online

This course is only for people living in Essex. Are you worried about being safe online? This course looks at ways to keep safe online including how to avoid online scams and delivery fraud. We focus on what you need to consider being safe when selling your own items online and also covering topics such as taking photographs and pricing appropriately. We also look at some marketing techniques that are used to encourage people to make a purchase and how to spot genuine adverts from the scam ones. Your rights as a buyer forms part of the course as does how to work out if something is a genuine bargain or not.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 10/06/2024 -
Thu 13/06/2024
Times:
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Duration:
2 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Paula Hellal
Course code:
Q00015190
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Personal Development: DWP CV Writing workshop

The CV writing workshop will empower Department for Work and Pensions claimants to create a new CV or update an existing CV with the help of an experienced tutor. You will learn the basic concepts and importance of an effective CV, ensuring that it includes personal details, information on education, work experience, key skills and references. Where appropriate you will receive support to tailor CVs to specific job roles with a view to improve prospects for being invited for an interview. It will be an opportunity to obtain individual feedback, review drafted CVs and address any individual queries and concerns.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 10/06/2024 -
Mon 10/06/2024
Times:
10:30am - 12:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
DWP Wellington Street Job Centre
Crown Buildings
60 Wellington Street
Leicester
LE1 6DS
Tutor:
Ayman Ali
Course code:
Q00015452
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £8.40

Understanding the Role of a Community Interpreter

Are you Bilingual and living in the Peterborough and Cambridgeshire area? Ever thought about using your language skills to help out in the community? Did you know you can get many jobs with languages? If you speak English and another language fluently, you could make a great community interpreter. This community interpreter course gives you an introduction to the language and interpreting skills needed for this type of work. It can teach you foundational concepts to test your community interpreting skills informally with family or friends. This course can prepare you to help members of your family or community to overcome language barriers in their everyday lives. It can also help you decide if you’re interested in pursuing community interpreting jobs. This course is for people living in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough only. Please do not join the course if you live outside the area. Please check the website for other courses or call learner support on 0300 303 3464.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 11/06/2024 -
Tue 16/07/2024
Times:
12:00pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
16 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Olena Kolesnyk
Course code:
Q00014620
How you'll learn:
Online and in venue
Availability:
4 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £148.00

Understanding the Role of a Community Interpreter

Are you bilingual? Ever thought about using your language skills to help out in the community? Did you know you can get many jobs with languages? If you speak English and another language fluently, you could make a great community interpreter. This community interpreter course gives you an introduction to the language and interpreting skills needed for this type of work. It can teach you foundational concepts to test your community interpreting skills informally with family or friends. This course can prepare you to help members of your family or community to overcome language barriers in their everyday lives. It can also help you decide if you’re interested in pursuing community interpreting jobs.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 11/06/2024 -
Tue 25/06/2024
Times:
9:30am - 2:30pm
Duration:
3 sessions
Location:
Health Resource Centre (Newcastle upon T
Adelaide Terrace
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE4 8BE
Tutor:
Maryam Knowles
Course code:
Q00016198
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
5 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £42.00

Personal Development: DWP CV Writing workshop

The CV writing workshop will empower Department for Work and Pensions claimants to create a new CV or update an existing CV with the help of an experienced tutor. You will learn the basic concepts and importance of an effective CV, ensuring that it includes personal details, information on education, work experience, key skills and references. Where appropriate you will receive support to tailor CVs to specific job roles with a view to improve prospects for being invited for an interview. It will be an opportunity to obtain individual feedback, review drafted CVs and address any individual queries and concerns.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 12/06/2024 -
Wed 12/06/2024
Times:
10:30am - 1:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
DWP Wellington Street Job Centre
Crown Buildings
60 Wellington Street
Leicester
LE1 6DS
Tutor:
Ayman Ali
Course code:
Q00015438
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £10.50