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Award in Creative Craft (Textiles) Level 2

Combine your craft skills with key work skills in this textiles course. If you’re a whizz with threads, yarns, and fabrics, why not consider ways to earn a living from your creative skills? This is the perfect course to study if you enjoy handicrafts and would like to learn employability skills to help you get a job in craft-making. This textile crafts course has a business element to help you understand work options in this area. Textile design courses are also great if you’re returning to education after a long break, or want to develop a hobby.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 22/04/2024 -
Mon 17/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 3:00pm
Duration:
14 sessions
Location:
Abakhan (Liverpool)
44 Stafford Street
Liverpool
L3 8LX
Tutor:
Amanda Meaghan
Course code:
Q00013064
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
3 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £225.00

Personal Development: DWP CV Writing workshop

This course is for learners of the DWP, Wellington Street, Leicester only. 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 22/04/2024 -
Mon 22/04/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
DWP Wellington Street Job Centre
Crown Buildings
60 Wellington Street
Leicester
LE1 6DS
Tutor:
Ayman Ali
Course code:
Q00013964
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £8.40

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:
Mon 22/04/2024 -
Mon 22/04/2024
Times:
9:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Healthworks (Easington)
Paradise Lane, Eastington Co,
Easington
SR8 3EX
Tutor:
Jayne Clark
Course code:
Q00013140
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £12.60

Professional Development: CV Writing

On this course, you will learn about the key elements of a CV and follow this structure to build your own. You will be guided through a step-by-step process allowing you to build your CV as the course progresses. You will learn about the type of personal information you should include, how to construct your previous education and work experience, as well as how to write an effective personal statement. You will use your existing English to communicate with others on the course but you will continue to develop your wider English skills and learn new vocabulary connected to CV writing. You will need to be working at ESOL Level 1 to join this course. If you are a new WEA learner we will ask you to do a short initial assessment to check your ESOL Level. This course is funded by the West Midlands Combined Authority

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 22/04/2024 -
Tue 14/05/2024
Times:
12:15pm - 2:45pm
Duration:
7 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Imogen Draper
Course code:
Q00014573
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
9 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £64.75

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Duration:
12 months
Fee:
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Award in Mentoring Level 2

Improve your mentoring skills to help others reach their full potential. This course builds on your existing knowledge of mentoring and support practices and helps you learn key skills for social work. Mentoring courses teach you crucial soft skills for support work, such as leadership and communication skills. This mentoring course is also perfect for you if you're interested in care work, youth work, or youth sports coaching. *This course is for CGL Widnes Service Users ONLY*

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 22/04/2024 -
Fri 17/05/2024
Times:
10:00am - 3:00pm
Duration:
24 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Neil Connaughton
Course code:
Q00014365
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £150.00

Personal Development: Prom Hair and Make up

he Prom Hair and Makeup course provides a comprehensive introduction to creating stunning looks for prom events. You will learn a variety of hairstyling techniques, from elegant updos to glamorous curls, tailored to suit different hair types and lengths. In addition, you will explore makeup application skills, including contouring, highlighting, and eyeshadow techniques to enhance natural beauty and create a flawless finish. The course covers colour theory, skin preparation, and product selection, ensuring you have the knowledge and tools to create personalized looks for prom attendees. Upon completion, you will be able to offer professional hair and makeup services for prom events, helping clients feel confident and beautiful on their special day.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 22/04/2024 -
Mon 17/06/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Face of Beauty Training
Keir Hardie Avenue
Wardley
NE10 8EJ
Tutor:
Tracey Carver
Course code:
Q00015084
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
8 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £50.40

Safeguarding Adults

Vulnerable people are at higher risk of neglect and abuse. Training in safeguarding teaches you how to spot signs that someone may be at harm. It also helps you know what steps to take in case of reported or suspected abuse. This short safeguarding course gives you a view into safeguarding practices and the importance of protecting adults’ rights to live in safety.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 23/04/2024 -
Tue 23/04/2024
Times:
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Sarabeth Heeson
Course code:
Q00009898
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
4 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £11.10

Award in Education and Training Level 3

Kickstart your education career with this introductory teaching qualification. Experience the buzz of learning environments and get a view into the profession. Learn essential teaching skills and open doors to further education jobs in this Education and Training course. This course prepares you for teaching jobs working with adults. These can include roles as a tutor, learning assistant, teaching assistant, or trainer in universities, Sixth Form colleges, or other adult learning settings. This Level 3 Award in Teaching and Education is the first step towards a fulfilling career in teaching. If you want to get a teaching qualification, this foundational course can give you a taste of the industry before you move onto higher level qualifications. This course is free if you live in London and receive benefits (Universal Credit, Tax Credit, etc.) or have an annual household income below £25 300

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 23/04/2024 -
Tue 04/06/2024
Times:
9:30am - 2:30pm
Duration:
7 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Gillian Hunt
Course code:
Q00013702
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
9 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £300.00

Entry Level Digital Skills

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 access services, apply for jobs, save work, 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 utilizing technology to navigate various aspects of contemporary living. Join this this course to unlock the potential of digital tools and enhance your ability to engage with today's interconnected world.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 23/04/2024 -
Tue 04/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Spring Community Hub (London)
The Hub
86-88 Vestry Road
Camberwell
London
SE5 8PQ
Tutor:
Grace Adejuwon
Course code:
Q00011536
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £88.20

Trade Union Education: PCS: Assertiveness

This session is open to PCS trade unions members only. This session provides an opportunity to review your skills in order to be able to use this in developing a CV and job applications

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 23/04/2024 -
Tue 23/04/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 1:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Jane Walton Walton
Course code:
Q00015041
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free