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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 23/05/2024 -
Thu 23/05/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Robert Stewart Memorial Hall (Newcastle
89 Wingrove Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE4 9BU
Tutor:
Elaine Swan
Course code:
Q00014931
How you'll learn:
In venue
Status:
Waiting list (Join waiting list)
Fee range
Free to £8.40

Introduction to Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND)

Do you work in an education setting with pupils who have special educational needs and disabilities – or are you interested in pursuing this as a career? This course will help increase your knowledge or to see if this could be the right career path for you. In this course learners will find out about the range of special needs that are commonly found in an educational setting and strategies that are used to help every pupil be as happy and successful as possible.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 23/05/2024 -
Thu 23/05/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
2 sessions
Location:
Norwich Central Baptist Church (Norwich)
Duke Street
Norwich
NR3 3AP
Tutor:
Laura Howsen
Course code:
Q00015510
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
7 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £33.60

Beginners Digital Skills

Digital courses online offer you learning for life and work. You’ll learn digital skills to help you in your everyday life. This course could also help you progress to job roles that require digital work skills. When you complete this course, you can progress to Improver’s Digital Skills. Depending on whether your needs are personal or professional, you can also progress to an accredited Digital Skills qualification. If you’re not sure which course is right for you, your tutor can help you decide which options fit your preferences. You’ll need access to the internet to take this course as your tutor will upload useful materials to Canvas, the WEA’s digital learning platform. You’ll also need a digital device such as a laptop, tablet, or phone. Your learning is our priority. The WEA is an adult education provider and we pride ourselves on our ability to create a friendly classroom atmosphere, in person and online! Your tutor will support you through your learning journey, every step of the way. Most of our courses are free for most of our learners. Please note that you need to get to the end of the enrolment process to see the discounts.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 24/05/2024 -
Fri 19/07/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
8 sessions
Location:
Shaw Trust (Birmingham)
36 Great Charles Street Queens
Birmingham
B3 3JY
Tutor:
Shirley Bate
Course code:
Q00015227
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £67.20

Intermediate Digital Skills

Get digitally fit for modern life and gain confidence in facing situations that require digital skills. Build on your basic computer skills in this Improvers course and see how digital training can help to transform your life. This intermediate Digital Skills course is for anyone wanting to improve their computer skills. Digital training teaches you skills for learning, life, and work. Improving your digital skills can help you in your everyday life. This course could also help you progress to job roles that require digital work skills.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 24/05/2024 -
Fri 19/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
8 sessions
Location:
Shaw Trust (Birmingham)
36 Great Charles Street Queens
Birmingham
B3 3JY
Tutor:
Shirley Bate
Course code:
Q00015226
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
9 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £67.20

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Duration:
12 months
Fee:
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Professional Development: Henna for Enterprise

Henna for Enterprise is a one-stop course to turn your passion for henna into a thriving business or fund-raising enterprise. Learn beautiful, intricate henna designs while mastering the essential skills to launch and manage your own henna enterprise. We'll cover everything from marketing your artistry to managing clients, so you can confidently embark on your self-employed journey. This course is perfect for anyone who wants to transform their love for henna into a successful career, or a way to raise money for charity. To make the most of this course it is useful if you have some experience of henna but beginners are also welcome as you will be guided step by step through each project.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 24/05/2024 -
Fri 19/07/2024
Times:
9:30am - 12:00pm
Duration:
7 sessions
Location:
Millan Centre (Bradford)
Victor Street
Bradford
BD9 4RA
Tutor:
Atiya Mushtaq
Course code:
Q00015472
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
1 place remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £94.50

Digital Skills for life and work

Our Digital Skills for Beginners Course is designed to help people gain basic digital skills and improve their digital literacy to make the most of our online world. Our 4 day course will provide an introduction to using a laptop and digital devices. Topics will include online safety and dealing with online scams, connecting to Wi-Fi, creating an email account & accessing information online safely, using a text editing application such as MSWord and application editing tools.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 30/05/2024 -
Fri 07/06/2024
Location:
Hull CVS
The Strand
75 Beverley Road
Hull
HU3 1XL
Course code:
P00000058
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available

Multiply Essex: How to be safe online

This course is only for people living in Essex. Are you worried about being safe online? This course looks at ways to keep safe online including how to avoid online scams and delivery fraud. We focus on what you need to consider being safe when selling your own items online and also covering topics such as taking photographs and pricing appropriately. We also look at some marketing techniques that are used to encourage people to make a purchase and how to spot genuine adverts from the scam ones. Your rights as a buyer forms part of the course as does how to work out if something is a genuine bargain or not.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 31/05/2024 -
Fri 31/05/2024
Times:
9:00am - 1:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Billericay Reading Rooms (Billericay)
73 High Street
Billericay
CM12 9AS
Tutor:
Paula Hellal
Course code:
Q00014891
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Introduction to Digital Skills Taster Session(Horsham - West Sussex Multiply)

This is a one off "taster" session for the upcoming "Introduction to Digital Skills" course that will be taking place at Horsham JCP in West Sussex. This will give learners a chance to ask any questions about the course. We will also give some further information about course content. We request that learners bring: 1 - Proof of identity (photo ID) 2 - Proof of benefits (UC statement) 3 - Proof of address Does the thought of using computers, the internet and other digital technologies leave you feeling out of touch and overwhelmed? Have you considered gaining digital skills but didn't know where to turn? If the answer is a resounding 'yes!' this is the course for you. This course is for learners with little or no experience of digital technologies who want to develop 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:
Fri 31/05/2024 -
Fri 31/05/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Horsham Job Centre (JCP)
Marlborough House. 50 East Stree
Horsham
RH12 1HN
Tutor:
Gabriella Russo
Course code:
Q00015566
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

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 03/06/2024 -
Thu 27/06/2024
Times:
9:30am - 11:30am
Duration:
8 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Paula Hellal
Course code:
Q00012820
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £59.20

Award in Mental Health Awareness Level 1

If you’re interested in learning more about mental health issues, this level 1 course can teach you the foundational concepts. You’ll get a view into the nature of mental health work and the issues that face people struggling with it. Level 1 health and social care courses about mental health can teach you the basic principles of mental health care. If you enjoy this course you can continue your learning in this area. Mental health awareness training can help you understand if this area of work interests you.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 03/06/2024 -
Fri 14/06/2024
Times:
9:30am - 12:00pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Location:
St Pauls Learning Centre (Bristol)
94 Grosvenor Road
St Pauls
Bristol
BS2 8XJ
Tutor:
Barbara Ricci
Course code:
Q00012372
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £75.00