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Supporting Autistic Children & Teens

Having a child or loved one receive an autism diagnosis can be worrying and unsettling. It’s difficult to know how best to support autistic children’s needs without external guidance. This autism course can teach you how to offer support to help autistic young people live healthy and fulfilling lives. This taster course is ideal for you if you have regular contact with autistic children or teenagers. It is aimed at parents, family members, community workers, or volunteers who interact closely with autistic kids. It can be useful both if you are going through diagnosis, and also if you feel you need extra resources to help support a developing autistic child.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 03/06/2024 -
Mon 10/06/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
2 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Kerry Van Der Schraft
Course code:
Q00009908
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
0 places remaining
Status:
Waiting list (Join waiting list)
Fee range
Free to £14.80

Professional Development: Investigative Journalism

If you wonder how people uncover information in the public interest that would usually remain in the dark, this course on investigative journalism is for you. This introductory course highlights the skills needed by investigative journalists when they conduct public interest investigations. Participants explore ways of reporting and editing stories, especially those which usually go unreported. The course will cover definitions of investigative journalism; how to find and plan an investigative story and which sources might be available. It gives a brief introduction to some of the legal and regulatory aspects of journalism.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 04/06/2024 -
Tue 16/07/2024
Times:
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Rebecca Eliahoo Charles
Course code:
Q00013798
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £33.30

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 04/06/2024 -
Tue 16/07/2024
Times:
9:30am - 11:30am
Duration:
7 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Heena Ajmal
Course code:
Q00015124
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
0 places remaining
Status:
Fee range
Free to £51.80

Award in Mentoring Level 2

Improve your mentoring skills to help others reach their full potential. This course builds on your existing knowledge of mentoring and support practices and helps you learn key skills for social work. Mentoring courses teach you crucial soft skills for support work, such as leadership and communication skills. This mentoring course is also perfect for you if you're interested in care work, youth work, or youth sports coaching. *This course is for CGL Widnes Service Users ONLY*

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 04/06/2024 -
Tue 16/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 3:00pm
Duration:
13 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Neil Connaughton
Course code:
Q00014365
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £150.00

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Membership Information

Duration:
12 months
Fee:
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Personal Development: Counselling Skills Practice (Surrey, Sussex, Kent)

This course is for students to gain more practical counselling experience in triads (counsellor, client and observer) using the ten core counselling skills. To attend this course, it is useful if you have already completed a 6 week counselling skills course or have a Level 2/3/4 counselling qualification. This course has been created in response to counselling student feedback requesting this type of course and can be useful before progressing to the next level of counselling studies, sometimes even essential as some courses do not allow you to progress to the next level if you don't have enough practical experience. The course may be appropriate for some learners with a work experience or a background in a similar sector, so do not feel excluded if you do not have formal qualifications. You should be fine! However, if you wish to make a start on our 'Introduction to Counselling; please search for that on the website. Theses courses run quite regularly so you could complete the Intro course and then progress onto this one If you are feeling confident in your knowledge, please enrol here.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 05/06/2024 -
Wed 10/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Sasha Dineen
Course code:
Q00011516
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
3 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £44.40

Professional Development: Mentoring and Professional Development

This practical course aims to help you to establish a mentoring relationship, initiate productive mentoring dialogues and to challenge people to identify goals and grow professionally and personally. You would need to mentor someone, for instance, a colleague as this is a practical course covering key skills including: questioning, goal-setting collaboratively and encouraging personal and professional growth.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 06/06/2024 -
Thu 25/07/2024
Times:
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Duration:
7 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Rebecca Eliahoo Charles
Course code:
Q00013799
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £51.80

Multiply Essex: Beginners Excel and Spreadsheets

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+ and have an Essex home postcode.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 06/06/2024 -
Thu 06/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 1:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Chris George
Course code:
Q00015443
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Personal Development: Improve your Confidence and Interview Skills

Empower your journey towards employment success with our "Improve your Confidence and Interview Skills" online course. Tailored for the unemployed, this 8-hour program spans four interactive 2-hour sessions. Whether you're new to courses or seeking a fresh perspective, unlock the confidence and interview techniques needed to stand out in today's competitive job market.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 07/06/2024 -
Fri 28/06/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Harsha Kotecha
Course code:
Q00013834
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £29.60

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: 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 10/06/2024 -
Mon 10/06/2024
Times:
9:30am - 11:00am
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Reshma Ladva
Course code:
Q00014268
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £5.55