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L2 Sewing into Business Progression – St Johns Centre, Trafford

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:
Wed 12/06/2024 -
Wed 17/07/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Location:
St Johns Centre (Manchester)
St Johns Road
Old Trafford
Manchester
M16 7GX
Tutor:
Nasim Younis
Course code:
Q00015412
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
7 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £75.00

Community Interpreting: 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:
Thu 13/06/2024 -
Thu 18/07/2024
Times:
9:30am - 1:00pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
The Octagon- Goodwin Development Trust
The Octagon
Walker St
Hull
HU3 2RA
Tutor:
Edyta Bogdanowicz
Course code:
Q00014966
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
3 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £88.20

Get Ready for Functional Skills Maths Entry 3

Set yourself up for success at entry 3 functional skills in maths. This get ready course helps you prepare to tackle entry 3 maths with confidence. The essential maths skills you’ll learn will help you get your qualification and serve you in everyday life. Get ready courses help you learn maths at your own pace. The idea of this course is to give you extra study time to acquire the knowledge you’ll need for entry 3 maths. This is a preparatory maths course for people who are looking to progress to entry 3 functional skills courses. It is a non-accredited adult maths course.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 13/06/2024 -
Thu 25/07/2024
Times:
9:30am - 12:00pm
Duration:
18 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Pamela Stezycka
Course code:
Q00015465
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £150.00

Digital Skills for Under 1 Roof (Multiply Norfolk)

Does the thought of using computers, the internet and other digital technologies leave you feeling out of touch and overwhelmed? Have you considered gaining digital skills but didn't know where to turn? If the answer is 'yes!' this is the course for you. This course is for learners with little or no experience of digital technologies who want to develop skills to become 'digitally literate' in their everyday life and work. Our aim is to empower you to confidently engage with the digital world of laptops, smart phones, email, news, word processing social media, entertainment, shopping and more!

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 14/06/2024 -
Fri 21/06/2024
Times:
10:30am - 1:00pm
Duration:
2 sessions
Location:
Under1Roof (Norwich)
100-102 Westwick Street
Norwich
NR2 4SZ
Tutor:
Chris George
Course code:
Q00015353
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
4 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

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Professional Development: Training the trainer – Effective training techniques workshop

Do you have to train adults informally either on a one to one basis or perhaps in small groups? This might be at work or in a number of other situations. If so this course is for you. Equip yourself with the essential skills to become a proficient trainer in our workshop. This course is designed for individuals seeking to polish up and enhance their ability to deliver engaging and successful training ‘sessions’. Learners will be able to use a number of proven strategies and interactive methods to achieve their goal. Understanding how effective communication techniques and an understanding of the principles of adult learning will lead to positive and productive learning.

Course Information

Dates:
Sat 15/06/2024 -
Sat 15/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 1:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Kate Antoniou
Course code:
Q00014200
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £11.10

Start Your Own Small Business (Multiply Norfolk)

THIS IS A FREE 'MULTIPLY' COURSE FOR NORFOLK RESIDENTS ONLY Starting your small business is an introductory course for anyone who is considering setting up a small or micro-business or is considering self-employment as a career option. If you are looking at this course because you are considering working for yourself in some capacity, you will find lots of interesting information. If you have a small business in mind or want to become self-employed, this course will answer your initial questions and help you to focus on the most important aspects of this ambitious and exciting endeavour. Some activities ask you to think about a business you are planning to start, but if you do not have a business in mind, you can consider any potential business for the exercises.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 17/06/2024 -
Tue 25/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 1:00pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Chris George
Course code:
Q00013004
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Intermediate Excel and Spreadsheets

Are you familiar with all the ways you can use spreadsheets to make everyday tasks quicker and simpler? You can use them to organise your budget, keep track of job applications, maintain inventories of collectible items, or anything else. Excel courses demystify the wonderful world of spreadsheets. This digital skills course aims to help you improve your working knowledge of Excel and spreadsheets. This Improver’s digital skills course aims to teach you computer skills for everyday life. It can also help you progress to job roles that require digital work skills.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 17/06/2024 -
Mon 15/07/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Mark Turk
Course code:
Q00013769
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
0 places remaining
Status:
Fee range
Free to £37.00

Functional Skills Qualification in English (Level 2)

There are many reasons to study this English functional skills course but you might be surprised to know that they’re not academic. Whether you want to feel more confident at public speaking or would like to study an apprenticeship or traineeship, this Level 2 English Functional Skills course can help you achieve your goals in a fun and practical way. Functional skills courses teach you English skills for learning, life, and work- not just to pass an exam. Enjoy the learning process as you watch your vocabulary grow, your spelling improve, and your confidence soar. If you’re fed up with academic courses and want to learn English in a practical and gratifying way, you won’t regret taking this English functional skills level 2 course. Functional Skills qualifications are free if you don't already have a GCSE in English or Maths at grades A*-C, or 4-9. We'll check your level and any previous qualifications before you start. This ensures you are on the correct course.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 17/06/2024 -
Tue 23/07/2024
Times:
9:30am - 12:00pm
Duration:
22 sessions
Location:
St Pauls Learning Centre (Bristol)
94 Grosvenor Road
St Pauls
Bristol
BS2 8XJ
Tutor:
Aleksandra Novikova
Course code:
Q00013768
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
6 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Entry Level Essential Digital Skills: Intermediate Photo Editing Skills

This Intermediate Pixlr Online Photo Editor course is aimed at Beginners with some basic knowledge of photo editing and who want to improve and learn further skills. You will learn how to enhance your images by adding effects and text. Removing unwanted marks and objects and cloning areas. Combining and manipulating images. Replacing colours. How to repair an old photograph.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 17/06/2024 -
Mon 15/07/2024
Times:
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Mark Turk
Course code:
Q00013780
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £37.00

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