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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

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

Pre-Entry Essential Digital Skills: Beginners 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. This course will be held at Southampton Seetecplus, 14-18 College St, Southampton SO14 3EJ.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 24/06/2024 -
Thu 27/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 1:00pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Seetec Pluss
14-18 College Street
Southampton
SO14 3EJ
Tutor:
Dulcie Allan
Course code:
Q00015380
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £50.40

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12 months
Fee:
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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:
Mon 24/06/2024 -
Mon 24/06/2024
Times:
10:30am - 12:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
DWP Wellington Street Job Centre
Crown Buildings
60 Wellington Street
Leicester
LE1 6DS
Tutor:
Ayman Ali
Course code:
Q00015454
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £8.40

Personal Development: Job Skills with ESOL

This short course, Job Skills with ESOL, helps beginners learn English and job skills. It covers basic speaking, listening, reading, and writing in English. You will learn useful words and phrases for work. The course also teaches how to write a cv, prepare for job interviews, and understand workplace rules. Through simple and practical lessons, you will gain confidence to use English at work and find a job. This course is perfect for those who are just starting to learn English and want to improve their chances of getting a job.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 24/06/2024 -
Mon 15/07/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Mount Pleasant School (Southampton)
Mount Pleasant Road
Newtown
Southampton
SO14 0WZ
Tutor:
Irma Gough
Course code:
Q00016452
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £33.60

Personal Development: Vocabulary for communication 2

This course is suitable for beginners and anyone who wants to improve their communications skills. You will discover new vocabulary through class discussion and participating in group activities. The aim of the course is to improve your English skills while learning new words and developing your memory skills and self-confidence.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 24/06/2024 -
Mon 05/08/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
7 sessions
Location:
Barnsley Mencap (Barnsley)
122 Pontefract Road
Barnsley
S71 1JA
Tutor:
Juliana Gilmartin
Course code:
Q00017360
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £58.80

Schools, Parenting and Child Development: Introduction to support work in schools

Would you like to help children gain confidence in their reading as well as English and maths? Then this may be the course for you. You will learn a range of strategies to help children in schools or your own children at home to become more confident in their ability. This course is ideal for anyone looking to progress onto work or volunteering in an education setting. Join us online for this 4 week course to find out support work in schools. Run in partnership with Sanctuary housing.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 25/06/2024 -
Tue 16/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 2:00pm
Duration:
3 sessions
Location:
King Edward Community Centre (Basildon)
Community Centre
Hunter Court, King Edward Road
Basildon
SS15 6GY
Tutor:
Paula Hellal
Course code:
Q00014782
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £50.40

Digital Skills for Employment

Are you looking for work or want to improve your skills or employment prospects? Does the thought of computers and the internet leave you feeling overwhelmed or out of touch? Is English your second language and you need support to apply for a new course or employment? If any of these apply to you, then this is the course for you. This introductory course will improve your digital skills and equip you with the knowledge, skills and techniques required to search for your dream job or apply for that course you have been wanting to do. All we ask is that you bring a willingness to learn and enthusiasm. You will be supported by a qualified tutor who will support and empower you to be able to use your phone or laptop to confidently apply for a variety of jobs and course opportunities, and to engage with the digital world of emails, word-processing, social media and how to complete the variety of online applications for employment. A laptop will be provided for this course or you can use your own device.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 25/06/2024 -
Tue 23/07/2024
Times:
9:30am - 11:30am
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale
OL16 1XU
Tutor:
Rebecca Ngoma
Course code:
Q00015526
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £75.00

Beginners Social Media Marketing for Enterprise: Etsy

Discover the wonderful world of Beginners Social Media Marketing for Enterprise: Etsy 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 for Enterprise: Etsy course is aimed at beginners, so don’t worry if this is new to you! We will explore how to leverage social media marketing for Etsy 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 Etsy marketing journey today by registering for this course.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 25/06/2024 -
Tue 25/06/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Karen Duncan
Course code:
Q00016539
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free