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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 22/05/2024 -
Wed 22/05/2024
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:
Q00015435
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 22/05/2024 -
Wed 22/05/2024
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:
Q00015462
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £6.30

Introduction to Essential Digital Skills - Deeplish

Gain access to the essentials of modern life through vital digital skills in this beginner-friendly course. Tailored for those lacking confidence in using laptop computers, this program equips beginners with fundamental skills. Learn to use laptops, create Word processing documents, search for specific information online, and ensure online safety. The course targets individuals who have limited laptop experience and seek greater proficiency. Dive into the digital era, building confidence and competence in utilising technology to navigate various aspects of contemporary living. Join this course to unlock the potential of digital tools and enhance your ability to engage with today's interconnected world.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 22/05/2024 -
Wed 24/07/2024
Times:
9:30am - 2:30pm
Duration:
9 sessions
Location:
Deeplish Community Centre (ROCHDALE)
Hare Street
Deeplish
ROCHDALE
OL11 1JT
Tutor:
Rebecca Ngoma
Course code:
Q00015523
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
6 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £75.00

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

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12 months
Fee:
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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:
10+ 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

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

Award in Stress Awareness Level 1

Stress affects most people in the country at some point in life. Understanding the harmful effects of stress is essential to maintaining good mental health and well-being. This stress awareness course can help you recognise and deal with stress when it happens. This mental health awareness training helps you understand what you and others may be experiencing. It is also useful if you work in a support role such as mentor, counsellor, or carer. It will teach you important skills for care jobs if you want to work in adult social care.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 28/05/2024 -
Fri 31/05/2024
Times:
10:00am - 4:00pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Veronica Hyde
Course code:
Q00015375
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £75.00

Multiply Essex: Being Safe Online

This short course will focus on ways you can keep your personal information safe when shopping online. We will work together to identify how some online scams work and what to do to avoid falling victim to them. We also look briefly at recent changes to the law around taxation with regard to selling online and consider a few common marketing techniques. Some basic maths will be covered relevant to this course giving you the opportunity to refresh or develop your skills in this area in a safe, supportive environment.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 28/05/2024 -
Tue 28/05/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Paula Hellal
Course code:
Q00015681
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
8 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free