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Personal Development: Get Ready for Employment: Future Skills

Getting Ready for Employment: Future Goals is organised in partnership with Wolverhampton City Council and the Blakenhall Action Community Forum at the Old School, Dudley Road, Wolverhampton WV2 3BY. It is specifically created in partnership with care leavers and their care assistants, who are welcome to attend to support their client. This a short course which will help learners to acquire techniques to cope more effectively with anxiety and lack of self confidence and will help them to set future goals for further learning, volunteering or getting into employment.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 19/06/2024 -
Wed 10/07/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
The Old School Building (Wolverhampton)
The Old School
73 Dudley Road
Wolverhampton
WV2 3BY
Tutor:
Jayne Evans
Course code:
Q00015109
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £33.60

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 19/06/2024 -
Wed 19/06/2024
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:
Q00015440
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 19/06/2024 -
Wed 19/06/2024
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:
Q00015818
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £6.30

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. Learning will take place in a relaxed environment with other like-minded learners, led by our expert tutor.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 21/06/2024 -
Fri 12/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 2:00pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Kings Quarter
The Forum, NEM House
37-41 Clarence Street
Gloucester
GL1 1EA
Tutor:
Andrew Vincent
Course code:
Q00014007
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
8 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £67.20

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Schools, Parenting and Child Development: Communication Skills for Support Staff

This introductory course is for anyone who wants to develop a basic knowledge of working with children in settings such as nurseries or schools. You will understand the importance of communication and will gain confidence in applying skills and techniques that will engage children in their personal development. You will study activities that can stimulate children's growth and learning development in their early years. You will increase your confidence in caring for children in early years’ settings. To progress on to an accredited Early Years’ Course at the WEA, or other courses.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 21/06/2024 -
Fri 21/06/2024
Times:
9:30am - 3:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Camborne Centenary Chapel (Camborne)
Wesley Street
Camborne
TR14 8HS
Tutor:
Pamela Rozentals
Course code:
Q00014571
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £25.20

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

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