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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

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:
Mon 01/07/2024 -
Mon 01/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 1:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Newcastle Bangladeshi Association
246-248 Elswick Road
Newcastle
NE4 6SN
Tutor:
Jennifer Moore
Course code:
Q00016943
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £12.60

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

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12 months
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Understanding the Role of a Community Interpreter

Are you bilingual? Ever thought about using your language skills to help out in the community? Did you know you can get many jobs with languages? If you speak English and another language fluently, you could make a great community interpreter. This community interpreter course gives you an introduction to the language and interpreting skills needed for this type of work. It can teach you foundational concepts to test your community interpreting skills informally with family or friends. This course can prepare you to help members of your family or community to overcome language barriers in their everyday lives. It can also help you decide if you’re interested in pursuing community interpreting jobs.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 02/07/2024 -
Tue 16/07/2024
Times:
9:30am - 2:30pm
Duration:
2 sessions
Location:
Health Resource Centre (Newcastle upon T
Adelaide Terrace
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE4 8BE
Tutor:
Maryam Knowles
Course code:
Q00016198
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
4 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £42.00

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

Beginners Social Media Marketing for Enterprise: eBay

Discover the wonderful world of Beginners Social Media for Enterprise: eBay with this course. Whether you have studied the content before or are completely new to it, you will find value on this programme. This social media marketing course is aimed at beginners, so don’t worry if this is new to you! We will explore Social Media for Enterprise: eBay on this course. You will understand how this shopping platform works and learn to set up your profile. Understand how to define your target audience and create content that they want to see. Learn how to schedule posts and plan a content calendar. You do not need any special tools to attend, just yourself and some enthusiasm. Start your social media for Enterprise: eBay marketing journey today by registering for this course.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 04/07/2024 -
Thu 04/07/2024
Times:
9:30am - 12:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Karen Duncan
Course code:
Q00016492
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Professional Development: Job Seeking and CV Writing

This course will help you navigate your journey towards looking for a new job. For many people who perhaps have been in the same role for several years or have been out of the job market are daunted by the prospect of looking for a job. This session will help you to identify and celebrate your personal skills and celebrate your unique selling points. Once we have identified these, we can look at how you can produce an effective CV and navigate the job market successfully; join this course to get closer to getting that new job. This course is a Free Taster Course.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 04/07/2024 -
Thu 04/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 1:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Kate Antoniou
Course code:
Q00016652
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

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 08/07/2024 -
Wed 10/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 3:00pm
Duration:
3 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Veronica Hyde
Course code:
Q00015372
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £75.00

Level 2 Sewing into Business Progression - The Mosses Centre, Bury

Discover the art of precision and creativity in our Sewing for Business progression Course. Expand on the fundamentals of machine sewing, mastering essential techniques, and creating a garment of your choice. You'll gain hands-on experience and the confidence to bring your design ideas to life. Learners will be taught how to make specific garments, as well as master more skilled techniques, such as sewing concealed zips into garments and more complex stitching. Join us for a transformative learning experience that blends craftsmanship with entrepreneurial acumen, equipping you for success in the world of sewing and business.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 08/07/2024 -
Mon 29/07/2024
Times:
9:00am - 3:00pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Mosses Community Centre (Bury)
Cecil Street
Bury
BL9 0SB
Tutor:
Nasim Younis
Course code:
Q00015425
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
6 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £75.00