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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:
Mon 03/06/2024 -
Mon 29/07/2024
Times:
9:30am - 2:30pm
Duration:
7 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Gillian Hunt
Course code:
Q00014843
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
8 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £300.00

Entry Level Essential Digital Skills: Digital Skills for Everyday Living

Does the thought of using computers, the internet and other digital technologies leave you feeling out of touch and overwhelmed? Have you thought about gaining some digital skills but didn’t know quite where to turn? If the answer to these questions is a resounding “Yes!” then you will feel right at home on our new Digital Skills for Everyday Living course. Here at the WEA, we have been busy developing this new and exciting course for people with little or no experience of digital technologies who want to acquire the skills to become ‘digitally literate’ in their everyday life and work. Our aim is to empower you to confidently engage with the digital world of laptops, smart phones, email, news, word processing, social media, entertainment, shopping and more.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 03/06/2024 -
Tue 09/07/2024
Times:
9:30am - 11:30am
Duration:
12 sessions
Location:
Sneinton Community CIC
Edale Road
Sneinton
Nottingham
NG2 4HT
Tutor:
Andrew Roles
Course code:
Q00014880
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
6 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £100.80

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.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 03/06/2024 -
Wed 17/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 3:00pm
Duration:
14 sessions
Location:
Tam O'Shanter Farm
25 Boundary Road
Prenton
Birkenhead
CH43 7PD
Tutor:
Neil Connaughton
Course code:
Q00014890
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £150.00

Level 1 Essential Digital Skills: Digital Skills for Everyday Living

As the everyday lives of millions of people continue to be affected by digital technologies, does the thought of gaining some new skills to help you cope with this rapidly changing environment appeal to you? If the answer is “Yes”, then keep reading. Here at the WEA, we have been busy developing the third in our series of digital skills courses. Our goal is to help you to feel more confident and better able to tackle tasks typical of those you may encounter in your personal life, and the world of work. To comfortably work through the material on this course you will need recent experience of using a computer or laptop and software including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 03/06/2024 -
Tue 09/07/2024
Times:
12:00pm - 2:00pm
Duration:
12 sessions
Location:
Sneinton Community CIC
Edale Road
Sneinton
Nottingham
NG2 4HT
Tutor:
Andrew Roles
Course code:
Q00015110
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £100.80

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Membership Information

Duration:
12 months
Fee:
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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

Using Canvas to Learn

Studying online is a fun and effective way to learn. This course will teach you to use Canvas so that you can get the most out of WEA courses. You’ll learn digital skills to support you to study WEA online courses. This Canvas course is ideal for you if you’re considering taking a WEA course but feel unsure of your digital skills. It’s appropriate for complete beginners, so don’t worry if this is new to you.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 05/06/2024 -
Wed 05/06/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
CREST (South Shields)
95 Fowler Street
South Shields
NE33 1NU
Tutor:
Maryam Knowles
Course code:
Q00012601
How you'll learn:
In venue
Status:
Waiting list (Join waiting list)
Fee range
Free to £8.40

Using Canvas to Learn

Studying online is a fun and effective way to learn. This course will teach you to use Canvas so that you can get the most out of WEA courses. You’ll learn digital skills to support you to study WEA online courses. This Canvas course is ideal for you if you’re considering taking a WEA course but feel unsure of your digital skills. It’s appropriate for complete beginners, so don’t worry if this is new to you.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 05/06/2024 -
Wed 05/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
CREST (South Shields)
95 Fowler Street
South Shields
NE33 1NU
Tutor:
Maryam Knowles
Course code:
Q00012509
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
2 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £8.40

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 enroll 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:
6 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £44.40

Advanced Digital Skills II: WATCH Coventry

Become a tech-whizz and gain confidence with a variety of online tools. This Advanced Digital Skills training will help you feel comfortable with new technologies and in control of digital spaces. This advanced course is for anyone wanting to further develop their digital skills. You will learn skills for employment and everyday life in this digital skills course. This digital training aims to teach you advanced digital skills for everyday life. It can also help you progress to job roles that require digital skills. This course is funded by the West Midlands Combined Authority

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 05/06/2024 -
Wed 17/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:30pm
Duration:
7 sessions
Location:
Watch Charity Ltd (Coventry)
10-12 Victoria Street
Coventry
CV1 5LZ
Tutor:
Shirley Bate
Course code:
Q00014140
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £73.50

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 05/06/2024 -
Wed 03/07/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
5 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 £42.00