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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

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12 months
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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 20/06/2024 -
Thu 11/07/2024
Location:
Hull Central Library
Albion Street
Hull
Yorkshire and Humber
HU1 3TF
Course code:
P00000058
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
8 places remaining
Status:
Available

Entry Level Essential Digital Skills: Basic Digital Skills

This course is GLA funded and is for London learners only. 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:
Thu 20/06/2024 -
Thu 18/07/2024
Times:
9:30am - 11:30am
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Natasha Abrams
Course code:
Q00016440
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £37.00

Beginners Wordpress

Building a website is easier than you think with WordPress. If you’d like to have a space online to share your thoughts, work, or creations, this beginner’s WordPress course can prepare you to launch your site in a matter of weeks. Whether you’re a small business owner, vendor, blogger, or just enthusiastic about a subject, you can benefit from having visibility online. This WordPress training takes you through the process of creating your website step by step. This WordPress course is aimed at beginners, so don’t worry if this is new to you!

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 20/06/2024 -
Thu 04/07/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 4:30pm
Duration:
3 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Indrel Doney
Course code:
Q00016484
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £59.20

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.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 20/06/2024 -
Wed 31/07/2024
Times:
9:30am - 2:30pm
Duration:
7 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Gillian Hunt
Course code:
Q00017117
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £300.00

Professional Development: Effective Employment Skills

Attend our Employability course and boost your skills for work. 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. Learning will take place in a relaxed environment with other like-minded learners, led by our expert tutor.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 21/06/2024 -
Fri 12/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 2:00pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Kings Quarter
The Forum, NEM House
37-41 Clarence Street
Gloucester
GL1 1EA
Tutor:
Andrew Vincent
Course code:
Q00014007
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
6 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £67.20

Schools, Parenting and Child Development: Communication Skills for Support Staff

This introductory course is for anyone who wants to develop a basic knowledge of working with children in settings such as nurseries or schools. You will understand the importance of communication and will gain confidence in applying skills and techniques that will engage children in their personal development. You will study activities that can stimulate children's growth and learning development in their early years. You will increase your confidence in caring for children in early years’ settings. To progress on to an accredited Early Years’ Course at the WEA, or other courses.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 21/06/2024 -
Fri 21/06/2024
Times:
9:30am - 3:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Camborne Centenary Chapel (Camborne)
Wesley Street
Camborne
TR14 8HS
Tutor:
Pamela Rozentals
Course code:
Q00014571
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £25.20