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Professional Development: Employability Skills (Bournemouth)

Do you attend Seetec Pluss in Bournemouth, then attend this course and boost your employability skills. If you’re entering the workforce for the first time or after a long break, this course can teach you essential skills employers look for and prepare you for the transition. Learn basic skills for jobs in any sector as well as key soft skills for your CV. Feel confident stepping into the workforce. This course will provide you with the soft skills required to get that job and give you the confidence and self esteem to sell what you have to offer to potential employers.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 17/06/2024 -
Thu 20/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 2:00pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Seetec Pluss Bournemouth
G.01 & Meeting room 1a
Oxford Point
19 Oxford Road
Bournemouth
BH8 8GS
Tutor:
Dulcie Allan
Course code:
Q00013786
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £67.20

Pre-Entry Essential Digital Skills: Digital Skills and Internet Safety

This course has been developed to inspire and develop confidence in learners with LDD before moving on to other courses. All classes are supported by a qualified tutor to ensure teaching is student centred, tailored to meet your specific needs Resources used in lessons are available via our online learning platform and you will be supported to use this both in and outside of classes. This course is aimed at students with little or no experience of using computers. On this course you will learn to use computers to write letters, create flyers, posters or other word-processed documents and send and read emails. Developed for students with mild to moderate learning difficulties and or disabilities, you will learn at a pace that suits your needs and develop your confidence, in well supported small-group sessions.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 17/06/2024 -
Mon 22/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Somerstown Central Community Hub (Souths
Rivers Street
Somerstown
Southsea
PO5 4EY
Tutor:
Gillian Futcher
Course code:
Q00014087
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £50.40

Pre-Entry Essential Digital Skills: Digital Skills and Internet Safety

Computing skills are essential in the modern world. If you’re a beginner or wanting to improve your skills, our part-time hobby courses will help you to refine your knowledge and prepare you for your next steps. This course will help develop your computer skills to use Word, Excel and PowerPoint programmes with confidence. Having a greater awareness of your presence online can help you be safe and protect your important data. Knowing the potential your computer or mobile phone holds will help you make the most of it and use them to your advantage, whether that’s by communicating with family on social media, or starting your own online business.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 17/06/2024 -
Mon 22/07/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Somerstown Central Community Hub (Souths
Rivers Street
Somerstown
Southsea
PO5 4EY
Tutor:
Gillian Futcher
Course code:
Q00014088
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
0 places remaining
Status:
Fee range
Free to £50.40

Intermediate Word Processing 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:
Mon 17/06/2024 -
Mon 15/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Mark Turk
Course code:
Q00014622
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
9 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £37.00

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Preparation for Work

"First Steps in ESOL" is a foundational course designed to help beginners embark on their journey of learning English as a Second Language (ESOL). This course is tailored for individuals with little to no prior knowledge of English, providing a supportive and engaging environment to develop essential language skills. Participants will learn fundamental vocabulary and phrases for everyday situations, such as greetings, introductions, and simple conversations about personal information, family, and daily activities. On this course, learners will have the opportunity to discuss your progress with the tutor. Join us and take your first steps towards mastering the English language!

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 17/06/2024 -
Mon 15/07/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
CREST (South Shields)
95 Fowler Street
South Shields
NE33 1NU
Tutor:
Marina Fasa
Course code:
Q00017022
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
9 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £50.00

Entry Level Essential Digital Skills: Digital Skills For Everyday Living

Learn to use digital devices and gain essential digital 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 those who feel somewhat confident with their digital skills or would like to improve them, so don’t worry if this is new to you. Learn to use your phone, your keyboard, calendar, notes, contact list and fill out online forms in this Digital Skills course. Understand how to take and upload pictures and search for information online. This digital skills training also teaches you how to shop online securely and so you’ll understand online safety.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 18/06/2024 -
Wed 10/07/2024
Times:
12:15pm - 2:15pm
Duration:
8 sessions
Location:
Clovelly Centre (Southampton)
60-68 Clovelly Road
Southampton
SO14 0AU
Tutor:
Irma Gough
Course code:
Q00014029
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £67.20

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:
Tue 18/06/2024 -
Tue 18/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 1:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Riverside Community Health Project (Newc
Carnegie Building
Atkinson Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE4 8XS
Tutor:
Jennifer Moore
Course code:
Q00016095
How you'll learn:
In venue
Status:
Waiting list (Join waiting list)
Fee range
Free to £12.60

Professional Development: Understanding the World of Work

This course will help you understand the best places to look for work and explore employment opportunities, looking at least 5 different methods to find job adverts. We will look at job advertisements in detail and help you understand the information contained within an advert. It will also give you a better understanding of what types of employment there are and what they mean, help you understand what you may be entitled to if you are working on a contract and will also assist you in navigating your pay / wage slip and understand the information contained within it. This course is funded by the West Midlands Combined Authority: https://www.wmca.org.uk/

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 18/06/2024 -
Tue 09/07/2024
Times:
12:15pm - 2:45pm
Duration:
7 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Imogen Draper
Course code:
Q00017042
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
9 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £64.75

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. This course is funded by the West Midlands Combined Authority https://www.wmca.org.uk/

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 19/06/2024 -
Wed 10/07/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
4 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 £33.60

Get Ready for Work! Confidence Course (West Sussex Multiply)

This course is delivered as part of the Multiply- West Sussex contract which is intended to help students to develop everyday numeracy skills and build confidence with maths. This particular course integrates basic numeracy for the workplace, to build confidence in those who are unemployed, or particularly for the long term unemployed. The intent of the course is to upskill people and to give them the confidence to get on in the modern workplace. Increasing their confidence with numbers in the workplace, but also looking to build confidence overall.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 19/06/2024 -
Wed 03/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
3 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Jane Perrin
Course code:
Q00016219
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free