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Buying and Selling Online

Selling things you no longer need is a great way to earn a bit of extra cash and declutter your home. Nowadays, there are so many simple, easy-to-use platforms for buying and selling online that it’s never been easier to set up an online shop. This course is ideal for you if you want to learn digital skills to buy and sell online. It’s aimed at beginners and improvers so don’t worry if it’s new to you. Whether you want to start a business or declutter your home, selling online is a quick and easy way to do it.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 26/02/2024 -
Mon 26/02/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Face of Beauty Training
66 Westoe Road
South Shields
NE33 4LU
Tutor:
Tracey Carver
Course code:
Q00012364
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £12.60

Functional Skills Qualification in English (Level 1)

A new and exciting opportunity to develop your skills in English is coming to ACT in Fir Vale, Sheffield! Develop skills to help you read, write, and communicate in English with confidence. Improved language skills open doors to work and study opportunities and help you learn key skills for employment. Level 1 functional skills courses are not like learning English at school. They’re created by adults for adults, and aim to teach you practical English skills through real-life situations. Strengthen your writing skills and learn reading techniques to help you tackle everyday situations at work or while studying. This adult English course helps you develop your language skills through real-life situations. Functional Skills level 1 is a government-funded accredited English course for adults. 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 26/02/2024 -
Mon 24/06/2024
Times:
12:00pm - 2:00pm
Duration:
27 sessions
Location:
ACT Sheffield, Firvale Centre (Sheffield
Earl Marshal Road
Sheffield
S4 8LB
Tutor:
Michelle Lee
Course code:
Q00013159
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

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:
Mon 26/02/2024 -
Mon 10/06/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
12 sessions
Tutor:
Maja Konkolewska
Course code:
Q00013342
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
0 places remaining
Status:
Fee range
Free to £88.80

Personal Development: DWP Confidence Building

This 10-hour Confidence Building Course, designed for Job Centre claimants with limited English proficiency and minimal work experience, aims to bolster self-esteem and communication skills. The course includes interactive sessions on self-discovery, basic conversational English, workplace etiquette, stress management, and interview preparation. Tailored for non-native English speakers, it employs participatory methods, visual aids, and continuous positive reinforcement. The course culminates in mock interviews, providing practical experience and feedback, and concludes with a review and future planning discussion, setting the groundwork for improved job prospects.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 26/02/2024 -
Mon 25/03/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Wellington Street Job Centre
Crown Buildings
60 Wellington Street
Leicester
LE1 6DS
Tutor:
Ayman Ali
Course code:
Q00014078
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £42.00

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Support Work in Schools

If you are thinking about a career in teaching, this introductory course is for you. Teaching assistants are an integral part of the classroom. Not only do they provide vital support for pupils, they support the teaching that takes place. This course is ideal if you would like to know more about working as a teaching assistant.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 27/02/2024 -
Tue 12/03/2024
Course code:
P00000024
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available

Buying and Selling Online

Selling things you no longer need is a great way to earn a bit of extra cash and declutter your home. Nowadays, there are so many simple, easy-to-use platforms for buying and selling online that it’s never been easier to set up an online shop. This course is ideal for you if you want to learn digital skills to buy and sell online. It’s aimed at beginners and improvers so don’t worry if it’s new to you. Whether you want to start a business or declutter your home, selling online is a quick and easy way to do it.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 27/02/2024 -
Tue 27/02/2024
Times:
9:30am - 12:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Face of Beauty Training
Keir Hardie Avenue
Wardley
NE10 8EJ
Tutor:
Lesley McDonald
Course code:
Q00012353
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
8 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £12.60

Buying and Selling Online

Selling things you no longer need is a great way to earn a bit of extra cash and declutter your home. Nowadays, there are so many simple, easy-to-use platforms for buying and selling online that it’s never been easier to set up an online shop. This course is ideal for you if you want to learn digital skills to buy and sell online. It’s aimed at beginners and improvers so don’t worry if it’s new to you. Whether you want to start a business or declutter your home, selling online is a quick and easy way to do it.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 27/02/2024 -
Tue 27/02/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Hospitality and Hope
67 Hudston Street
South Shields
NE34 0AE
Tutor:
Anila Maqbool
Course code:
Q00012384
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
7 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £8.40

Level 1 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 who would like to learn further skills. Or perhaps you are a keen amateur photographer and would like to improve your images. You will learn how to enhance your images by adding a variety of Pixlr built in effects and adjustments. Add and customize text colour, style, border and curve the text. Pick colours in an image to paint with. Remove unwanted marks and objects using a variety of tools. Clone areas in an image. Combine and manipulate images. Replacing colours and use layers. Learn how to repair an old photograph using various techniques.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 27/02/2024 -
Tue 26/03/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Tutor:
Mark Turk
Course code:
Q00013575
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
9 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £37.00

Pre-Entry Essential Digital Skills: Introduction to Digital Skills

This course is designed to sit alongside Art courses as it will allow you to learn how to best promote the work that you have created in your Art sessions. You will learn how to showcase your work with the use of Computers, Mobile devices and the use of Social Media. Using Facebook and Whatsapp will promote your work to a much wider audience or perhaps to just within your group. You will discuss and critique your work and the work of others. This course will give you a better understanding of Digital and its advantages.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 27/02/2024 -
Tue 27/02/2024
Times:
9:30am - 12:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Bensham Grove (Gateshead)
Sidney Grove
Gateshead
NE8 2XD
Tutor:
Damien Wootten
Course code:
Q00012813
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
6 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £12.60

Preparation for Work: Develop Your CV

This course will be taught in venue at Castleford Heritage Trust, Castleford. The learning delivered will enable participants to create or review their existing CV and ensure that the document they produce can be used as a basis for CVs that need to be shared with employers and/or to complete application forms. The learning will be interactive and engaging allowing learners to get the most out of each session. The focus of this course is to help participants to develop CV writing skills in preparation for seeking employment.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 27/02/2024 -
Tue 16/04/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Castleford Heritage Trust
Queen's Mill
Aire Street
Castleford
WF10 1JL
Tutor:
Jane Walton Walton
Course code:
Q00013711
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £50.00