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Community Interpreting Information and Study Skills

This course is funded by the West Midlands Combined Authority On this course you will gain an overview of the role of a Community Interpreter and develop your literacy and digital skills in preparation for your next step which is a level 1 Understanding the Role of a Community Interpreter course. You will gain an insight into the role of a community interpreter and what to expect on our level 1 and level 2 courses. This course is funded by the West Midlands Combined Authority https://www.wmca.org.uk/

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 28/06/2024 -
Fri 12/07/2024
Times:
9:15am - 12:15pm
Duration:
3 sessions
Location:
Dolphin Women's Centre (Birmingham)
Ward End Park
Washwood Heath Road
Birmingham
B8 2HB
Tutor:
Fozia Aslam
Course code:
Q00014928
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £37.80

Professional Development: Starting your own small business

On this course you will discover how to provide the perfect base to apply makeup. Skin care is the single most important thing when trying to achieve the perfect glow up. Your tutor will guide you through the process, teaching you how to do a professional standard facial including cleansing, benefits of exfoliating, facial massage, choosing the correct face mask for skin types, explaining serums and moisturizers. Once you have mastered that, you will move onto techniques to apply basic makeup, looking at skin types and their suitability for cosmetics, how age affects the skin and will use live models to practice your skills.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 28/06/2024 -
Fri 28/06/2024
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:
Q00014524
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £8.40

Schools, Parenting and Child Development: SWAP 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.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 01/07/2024 -
Wed 24/07/2024
Times:
9:30am - 11:30am
Duration:
8 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Paula Hellal
Course code:
Q00012822
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £59.20

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 01/07/2024 -
Mon 01/07/2024
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:
Q00015455
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £8.40

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Membership Information

Duration:
12 months
Fee:
WEA Membership

Using Canvas to Learn

Online courses allow students from all regions to access skills and gives you flexibility to learn in the comfort of your own surrounding. But what if this is your first time using an online learning platform or maybe it has been some time since you used online learning. This using canvas course will support you to develop confidence and skills in understanding how to use canvas to get the best experience of online learning. You will learn how to use all the functions in canvas with the support of your online tutor. The course will give students an introduction to accessing and using canvas in preparation for future online courses. This course is funded by the West Midlands Combined Authority https://www.wmca.org.uk/

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 01/07/2024 -
Wed 03/07/2024
Times:
9:15am - 11:15am
Duration:
3 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Ekta Vishrolia
Course code:
Q00015503
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £25.20

Entry Level Essential Digital Skills: Essential Digital Skills to Communicate Online

Do you want to gain more confidence in using digital skills to communicate online. If the answer is 'yes!', then join this course. This course is for learners with basic or some knowledge of digital technologies who want to develop better digital skills. If you struggle with using digital skills to communicate online, using WhatsApp, social media and drafting emails this course can help you feel more comfortable with digital communication. The course aims to boost your confidence by teaching the techniques and digital skills you need to improve your online communication skills. Take the first steps to Improve your digital skills for learning, life, and work.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 02/07/2024 -
Tue 16/07/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
3 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Elena Hawkins
Course code:
Q00015257
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £27.75

Entry Level Essential Digital Skills: Beginners; Using Digital Skills to communicate online

Do you want to gain more confidence in using digital skills to communicate online. If the answer is 'yes!', then join this course. This course is for learners with little or no experience of digital technologies who want to develop better digital skills. If you struggle with using digital skills to communicate online, using WhatsApp, social media and drafting emails this course can help you feel more comfortable with digital communication. The course aims to boost your confidence by teaching the techniques and digital skills you need to improve your online communication skills. Take the first steps to Improve your digital skills for learning, life, and work.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 02/07/2024 -
Tue 16/07/2024
Times:
9:30am - 12:00pm
Duration:
3 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Elena Hawkins
Course code:
Q00015256
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £27.75

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 03/07/2024 -
Wed 03/07/2024
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:
Q00015450
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £10.50

Personal development: Cluster & Express lashes

This is a FREE 3-week course which is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to become proficient in the application of express lashes. Express lashes, also known as cluster lashes or party lashes, are a popular semi-permanent lash enhancement technique that offers people a quick way to achieve fuller, longer-looking lashes. Throughout this course, you will learn the fundamental principles of express lash application, including lash selection, preparation, application techniques, and aftercare. Emphasis will be placed on mastering safe and efficient application methods to ensure peoples satisfaction and retention. This course is open to everyone as it is aimed at a beginners level.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 03/07/2024 -
Wed 17/07/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
3 sessions
Location:
The Cornforth Partnership (Ferryhill)
68-70 High Street
West Cornforth
Ferryhill
DL17 9HS
Tutor:
Tracey Carver
Course code:
Q00015596
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

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 03/07/2024 -
Wed 03/07/2024
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:
Q00015820
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £6.30