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Personal Development: Confidence Skills- Beginners - Road Safety Awareness

This course is all about being a pedestrian in the world today. It is a comprehensive course designed to instil crucial safety habits in learners. This engaging program focuses on developing learners' awareness of responsible behaviour on roads, paths and other areas of the city or town. Students will learn about pedestrian safety, the importance of using crossings safely and correctly, and the basics of traffic rules and regulations. Our goal is to empower learners with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate roads confidently and safely, fostering a lifelong commitment to responsible road behaviour. This course will also help develop essential skills such as maths and English.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 20/02/2024 -
Tue 26/03/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Focusability (Lincoln)
Ryland Bridge Welton
Lincoln
LN2 3RP
Tutor:
Patrick O'Reilly
Course code:
Q00014054
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £50.40

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:
Tue 20/02/2024 -
Tue 23/04/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
8 sessions
Location:
Serco Re-Starts
2nd Floor
Guardian House
Cronehills Linkway
West Bromwich
B70 8GS
Tutor:
Shirley Bate
Course code:
Q00013704
Availability:
0 places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £67.20

Entry Level Essential Digital Skills: Get Ready for Digital

This taster is appropriate for complete beginners, so don't worry if this is all new to you ! learn to use digital devices and gain essential computer skills no matter what your current knowledge. These sessions are being delivered in a Womens only venue - Changing Lives Doncaster Learners will gain and build confidence in using ICT for practical tasks in everyday life.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 20/02/2024 -
Tue 19/03/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Changing Lives Women’s Centre (Doncaster
Oracle House
2-5 Princes Street
Doncaster
DN1 3NJ
Tutor:
Karl Telfer-Banner
Course code:
Q00014219
Availability:
8 places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £42.00

Personal Development: Hair and Beauty

This course is a short introduction into the world of Hair and Beauty. 5 x 2-hour sessions that will give you the opportunity to try out and learn professional methods used in this creative industry. Learn the art of hand massage, for relaxation, well-being and for good circulation, learn make-up and skincare methods and learn some hairdressing styling techniques. This course is suitable for anyone wishing to build confidence in how they present themselves to the world and to those considering hair and beauty as a professional career, that employs many people in our communities. We all like to be pampered, so come along and meet up with people who have an interest in this creative industry. Pamper yourself because you're worth it.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 21/02/2024 -
Wed 20/03/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Great Haughton Welfare Centre
Rotherham RD
Great Haughton
S72 0EG
Tutor:
Rachel Ward
Course code:
Q00013748
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £42.00

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Personal Development: Future Goals

This course has been developed in Partnership with Wolverhampton City Council and the DWP. It is aimed at learners who are leaving the care system and might have some additional needs or a disability, with a Supported Care Plan. If you are aged 19 plus and feel this course is for you, talk to your job coach about enrolling. The course will help you to develop your confidence and team working skills and enable you to set some goals for the future, such as the kind of job or career you might like to do. If you need more information, get in touch with Karen on 07881 358679.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 21/02/2024 -
Wed 20/03/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
The Old School Building (Wolverhampton)
The Old School
73 Dudley Road
Wolverhampton
WV2 3BY
Tutor:
Jayne Evans
Course code:
Q00013934
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
3 places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £42.00

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 22/02/2024 -
Thu 23/05/2024
Times:
9:30am - 11:30am
Duration:
12 sessions
Tutor:
Mariann Meszaros
Course code:
Q00013339
How you'll learn:
Online
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £88.80

Award in Stress Awareness Level 1

Stress affects most people in the country at some point in life. Understanding the harmful effects of stress is essential to maintaining good mental health and well-being. This stress awareness course can help you recognise and deal with stress when it happens. This mental health awareness training helps you understand what you and others may be experiencing. It is also useful if you work in a support role such as mentor, counsellor, or carer. It will teach you important skills for care jobs if you want to work in adult social care.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 23/02/2024 -
Fri 24/05/2024
Times:
10:30am - 1:30pm
Duration:
12 sessions
Location:
NST Hub (North Somerset Training Communi
31 Alexandra Parade
Weston-super-Mare
BS23 1QZ
Tutor:
Katie Dexter
Course code:
Q00013214
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £75.00

Introduction to Early Years Setting

This introductory course is for anyone who wants to develop a basic knowledge of working with children up to the age of 5 in early years’ settings such as nurseries or pre-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 23/02/2024 -
Fri 22/03/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Location:
Ann Tayler Children's Centre (Hackney)
1-13 Triangle Road
Off Westgate Street
Hackney
E8 3RP
Tutor:
Tracey Shackle
Course code:
Q00013537
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
4 places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £75.00

Award in Preparation for Work in Community Interpreting Level 2

The role of the community interpreter is an integral part of our changing communities and increasingly important. The interpreter acts as a bridge between communities and enables people to access the services they need and approach situations which otherwise would not be possible. The Level 2 Certificate in Preparing for the Community Interpreting Role enables learners who are speakers of other languages to develop the language and skills necessary to go on and train as Community Interpreters at Level 3 and Level 4. This is the ideal qualification for anyone who wants to enter the interpreting profession and become a paid interpreter or volunteer in the UK. This is a hybrid course for learners in Norfolk and Suffolk where most of the learning will take place online but there will be one or 2 face to face sessions.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 26/02/2024 -
Wed 12/06/2024
Times:
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Duration:
28 sessions
Tutor:
Olena Kolesnyk
Course code:
Q00012361
How you'll learn:
Online and in venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £300.00

Award in Support Work in Schools and Colleges Level 2

If you enjoy the buzz of learning environments, this qualification can teach you key skills for employment in a school or college. This government-funded course prepares you for a variety of roles. It provides the basic skills and knowledge necessary to work in admin, technical, or support roles in a learning environment. Studying support work in schools at level 2 can be a first step towards working with kids in teaching positions. It also provides you with the qualifications needed to work in admin at schools. No matter what role you’re interested in, this course can teach you skills for employability in schools and colleges.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 26/02/2024 -
Tue 07/05/2024
Times:
9:30am - 2:30pm
Duration:
18 sessions
Tutor:
Rebecca Liaucius
Course code:
Q00012501
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £225.00