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Entry Level Essential Digital Skills: Using Digital Skills to write emails

The 'Using Digital Skills to write emails' course will cover all the basics that will help you use emails, send attachments and navigate the Internet for work or in your everyday life. Get your digital skills sense to the next level!

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 14/05/2024 -
Tue 18/06/2024
Times:
9:30am - 12:00pm
Duration:
9 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Elena Hawkins
Course code:
Q00014021
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
8 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £189.00

Pre-Entry Essential Digital Skills

Do you get worried when you use computers or the internet or other digital technologies ? You want to learn digital skills but didn't know where to start ? If the answer is 'yes!' this is the course for you. This course is for learners with basic or no experience of digital technologies but who want to develop skills to use them in their everyday life . We will help you develop confidence while using laptops, smart phones, reading emails, news, word processing, using social media and more!

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 14/05/2024 -
Tue 09/07/2024
Times:
9:30am - 11:30am
Duration:
8 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Heena Ajmal
Course code:
Q00015124
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £67.20

SWAP: Introduction to working with Animals

Are you interested in working with animals? Join this SWAP course to learn about a range of animal related jobs. You will consider positive and challenging aspects of the roles and ways into these careers. In addition, we will also be looking at basic care needs of pets such as dogs and cats. You will be working with your fellow learners to enhance your confidence and knowledge. There will be plenty of opportunity in the course to share your ideas.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 14/05/2024 -
Thu 13/06/2024
Times:
9:30am - 11:30am
Duration:
8 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Paula Hellal
Course code:
Q00015165
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £25.00

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 14/05/2024 -
Tue 04/06/2024
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:
Q00015219
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
2 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £42.00

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12 months
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UNISON NE: Professional Development - Cultural Integration in the Workplace

A workshop designed for staff working for Sunderland City Council and Unison Members. Useful if you are new to working within the UK, or if you work with team members who are from outside of the UK. This is an engaging, fun, 2-hour interactive workshop. The aim is to promote a fulfilling, positive workplace experience through reducing fears and cultural barriers. You will learn useful tips to help promote better understanding and clear communication with your colleagues. Delivered by a tutor who has personal experience of adapting to life and work within the UK and the challenges and rewards that can be brought by the experience.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 15/05/2024 -
Wed 15/05/2024
Times:
2:30pm - 4:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
SCAS HQ Building
Carremere Road
Sunderland
SR2 9TQ
Tutor:
Marina Fasa
Course code:
Q00014519
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Award in Support Work in Schools and Colleges Level 2

If you enjoy the buzz of learning environments, this qualification can teach you key skills for employment in a school or college. This government-funded course prepares you for a variety of roles. It provides the basic skills and knowledge necessary to work in admin, technical, or support roles in a learning environment. Studying support work in schools at level 2 can be a first step towards working with kids in teaching positions. It also provides you with the qualifications needed to work in admin at schools. No matter what role you’re interested in, this course can teach you skills for employability in schools and colleges.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 16/05/2024 -
Thu 18/07/2024
Times:
9:30am - 3:30pm
Duration:
17 sessions
Location:
Camborne Community Centre (Camborne)
South Terrace
Camborne
TR14 8SU
Tutor:
Pamela Rozentals
Course code:
Q00014031
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £225.00

Professional Development: Effective Employment Skills

Attend our Employability course and boost your skills for work. If you’re entering the workforce for the first time or after a long break, this course can teach you essential skills employers look for and prepare you for the transition. Learn basic skills for jobs in any sector as well as key soft skills for your CV. Feel confident stepping into the workforce. This course will provide you with the soft skills required to get that job and give you the confidence and self esteem to sell what you have to offer to potential employers.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 16/05/2024 -
Thu 13/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Belle Vue Centre
Cinderford
GL14 2AB
Tutor:
Andrew Vincent
Course code:
Q00014053
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £33.60

Pre Entry 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

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 16/05/2024 -
Thu 16/05/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Riverside Community Health Project (Newc
Carnegie Building
Atkinson Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE4 8XS
Tutor:
Rupa Marwaha
Course code:
Q00014992
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
4 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £10.50

Pre Entry 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

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 16/05/2024 -
Thu 16/05/2024
Times:
9:30am - 11:30am
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Robert Stewart Memorial Hall (Newcastle
89 Wingrove Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE4 9BU
Tutor:
Elaine Swan
Course code:
Q00015016
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
2 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £8.40

Award in Education and Training Level 3

Kickstart your education career with this introductory teaching qualification. Experience the buzz of learning environments and get a view into the profession. Learn essential teaching skills and open doors to further education jobs in this Education and Training course. This course prepares you for teaching jobs working with adults. These can include roles as a tutor, learning assistant, teaching assistant, or trainer in universities, Sixth Form colleges, or other adult learning settings. This Level 3 Award in Teaching and Education is the first step towards a fulfilling career in teaching. If you want to get a teaching qualification, this foundational course can give you a taste of the industry before you move onto higher level qualifications.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 16/05/2024 -
Wed 10/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 1:00pm
Duration:
17 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Sophie Fowkes
Course code:
Q00015060
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £300.00