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Professional Development: Health and safety in the beauty industry

This course is designed to go alongside Personal Development: Skincare and Makeup For Beginners and Starting Your Own Small Business. On this part of the course, you will learn how to work in a salon in a safe and healthy way, how to spot dangers before they happen, what to do if something happens and how to handle it. You will look at the legislation that applies to small businesses and how to work within the law. You will be taught how to store customer records and how General Data Protection Regulations affect yourself, employees and the customer, how to do a risk assessment and what records to keep.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 21/06/2024 -
Fri 21/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Riverside Community Health Project (Newc
Carnegie Building
Atkinson Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE4 8XS
Tutor:
Jennifer Moore
Course code:
Q00014523
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £8.40

Employability & Skills: Careers In Football

This course is an opportunity to study football and the multitude of opportunities it presents for people in terms of employment, volunteering, and personal development. It will look at why football is important to people, what makes people love it and what sometimes puts people off being involved and how learners can develop their skills, knowledge, and interest in the sport to create opportunities to work within football to the benefit of themselves and others. It will give learners an insight into the many varied levels and formats of the game, including speciality football disciplines such as different disability football and walking football.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 24/06/2024 -
Mon 15/07/2024
Times:
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Lincoln City Foundation
Lincoln City Football Ground
Sincil Bank
Lincoln
LN5 8LD
Tutor:
Patrick O'Reilly
Course code:
Q00013497
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £33.60

Personal Development: DWP CV Writing workshop

This course is for leaners of the DWP Leicestershire. 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 24/06/2024 -
Mon 24/06/2024
Times:
9:30am - 11:00am
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Reshma Ladva
Course code:
Q00014271
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £5.55

Pre-Entry Essential Digital Skills: Beginners Digital Skills

Learn to use digital devices and gain essential computer skills for professional and personal use. Digital training helps you move with the times and not get left behind. This beginner’s course is for anyone who wants to learn digital skills, no matter your current knowledge. This course is appropriate for complete beginners, so don’t worry if this is all new to you. Learn to use word processing software and fill out online forms in this Digital Skills course. Understand how to use email and search for information online. This digital skills training also teaches you how to shop online securely. You’ll understand online safety and data storage. This course will be held at Southampton Seetecplus, 14-18 College St, Southampton SO14 3EJ.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 24/06/2024 -
Thu 27/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 1:00pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Seetec Pluss
14-18 College Street
Southampton
SO14 3EJ
Tutor:
Dulcie Allan
Course code:
Q00015380
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £50.40

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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 24/06/2024 -
Mon 24/06/2024
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:
Q00015454
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £8.40

Schools, Parenting and Child Development: Introduction to support work in schools

Would you like to help children gain confidence in their reading as well as English and maths? Then this may be the course for you. You will learn a range of strategies to help children in schools or your own children at home to become more confident in their ability. This course is ideal for anyone looking to progress onto work or volunteering in an education setting. Join us online for this 4 week course to find out support work in schools. Run in partnership with Sanctuary housing.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 25/06/2024 -
Tue 16/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 2:00pm
Duration:
3 sessions
Location:
King Edward Community Centre (Basildon)
Community Centre
Hunter Court, King Edward Road
Basildon
SS15 6GY
Tutor:
Paula Hellal
Course code:
Q00014782
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £50.40

Digital Skills for Employment

Are you looking for work or want to improve your skills or employment prospects? Does the thought of computers and the internet leave you feeling overwhelmed or out of touch? Is English your second language and you need support to apply for a new course or employment? If any of these apply to you, then this is the course for you. This introductory course will improve your digital skills and equip you with the knowledge, skills and techniques required to search for your dream job or apply for that course you have been wanting to do. All we ask is that you bring a willingness to learn and enthusiasm. You will be supported by a qualified tutor who will support and empower you to be able to use your phone or laptop to confidently apply for a variety of jobs and course opportunities, and to engage with the digital world of emails, word-processing, social media and how to complete the variety of online applications for employment. A laptop will be provided for this course or you can use your own device.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 25/06/2024 -
Tue 23/07/2024
Times:
9:30am - 11:30am
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale
OL16 1XU
Tutor:
Rebecca Ngoma
Course code:
Q00015526
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £75.00

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 26/06/2024 -
Wed 26/06/2024
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:
Q00015449
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £10.50

Personal Development: DWP What do I do next?

This course equips DWP (Department for Work and Pensions) customers with essential skills in accessing, understanding, and utilising information, advice, and guidance services effectively. customers will learn how to navigate the DWP system confidently, accessing vital resources and support to enhance their employment prospects, financial stability, and overall well-being. Through interactive sessions, learners will develop skills in interpreting complex information, seeking appropriate advice, and making informed decisions tailored to their unique circumstances. From job searching strategies to financial planning tips, this course empowers DWP customers to take control of their future with knowledge and confidence.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 26/06/2024 -
Wed 26/06/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
DWP Wellington Street Job Centre
Crown Buildings
60 Wellington Street
Leicester
LE1 6DS
Tutor:
Ayman Ali
Course code:
Q00015819
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £6.30

Beginners Microsoft Excel & Spreadsheets (Multiply West Sussex)

*Please note - this course is ONLY for learners from a West Sussex postcode as part of a local contract. Please do not apply if you do not live in West Sussex, please check our site for alternative courses. Thanks for your understanding* Did you know you can use spreadsheets to make hundreds of everyday tasks easier? You can use them to efficiently keep track of job applications, birthday lists, inventories of collectible items, or anything else. Never opened a spreadsheet in your life? Don’t worry. This is an Excel course for beginners, and we’ll cover all the basics. This beginners Excel course aims to teach you computer skills for everyday life, including simple budgeting techniques to manage your money better. This course is funded through Multiply, you are eligible for full funding if you are aged 19+ live in West Sussex.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 26/06/2024 -
Wed 10/07/2024
Times:
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Duration:
3 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Gillian Futcher
Course code:
Q00016001
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free