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Certificate in Principles of Customer Service (VRQ) Level 2

Become an example of excellent customer service in your role or organisation. Learn key work skills for customer service jobs in this training course. Customer service courses help you learn essential skills for employment as a customer service agent. They are also useful for a variety of other roles, such as hotel receptionist or hospitality assistant. Learn skills to work in retail, hospitality or a client-facing role in any other sector. Gain understanding of the principles of customer service for effective interactions with clients. This level 2 customer service training course builds on your existing understanding of customer service delivery. Learn how to nurture the relationships between enterprises and their customers. Develop your customer service skills to improve customer experience and satisfaction. Expand your toolkit for addressing customer complaints. Learn how to process, store, and document customer information safely.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 27/02/2024 -
Fri 26/07/2024
Times:
9:30am - 2:30pm
Duration:
38 sessions
Tutor:
Suzanne Locke
Course code:
Q00013830
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £362.00

Pre-Entry Essential Digital Skills: Digital Skills For Everyday Living- Beginners

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 a resounding '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:
Tue 27/02/2024 -
Tue 21/05/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
11 sessions
Location:
Linkbridge Community Support Centre (Bur
1 Swinless Street
Burnley
BB10 3BN
Tutor:
Simon Gill
Course code:
Q00013898
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £75.00

Personal Development: Money Saving Stitchery

Discover the art of sustainable sewing in our Money-Saving Stitchery Course. Unleash your creativity while mastering essential sewing techniques that not only save you money but also contribute to a sustainable lifestyle. From basic stitches to upcycling old garments, this course empowers you to create stylish, eco-friendly fashion on a budget; the focus is on Asian inspired costume and fashions. The course is delivered in a Women’s only Centre in Bradford.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 27/02/2024 -
Tue 11/06/2024
Times:
9:30am - 11:30am
Duration:
13 sessions
Location:
Brackenhill Primary School (BRADFORD)
Dracup Road
BRADFORD
BD7 4HA
Tutor:
Safina Khan
Course code:
Q00013885
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
2 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £92.40

Intermediate Excel and Spreadsheets: Microsoft 365 Essential Skills : Word and Excel

What would improved digital skills mean for your career or everyday life? No matter what your job role is, the chances are your day-to-day life would be easier with enhanced computer skills. Did you know you can use spreadsheets to make hundreds of everyday tasks easier? You can use them to efficiently keep track of job applications, birthday lists, inventories of collectible items, or anything else. Never opened a spreadsheet in your life? Don’t worry. This Microsoft 365 Essential Skills Word and Excel course will help you learn the basics of Word and Excel. This knowledge can help you in a wide variety of routine situations. These can include creating CVs, helping your kids with their homework, In Microsoft Word you will learn how to Enter, edit and delete text in a document, save and print your work, select, format and align text, add images and emojis, create a poster and use built in Word Templates to save time creating a document. In Microsoft Excel you will learn how to navigate spreadsheet cells, format data, add currency and change decimal places. Save and Print a worksheet. Add borders and colour to text and cells. Use basic formulas and create charts from selected data.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 27/02/2024 -
Tue 26/03/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:30pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Tutor:
Mark Turk
Course code:
Q00014348
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £46.25

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Duration:
12 months
Fee:
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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:
Wed 28/02/2024 -
Wed 28/02/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Hospitality and Hope
67 Hudston Street
South Shields
NE34 0AE
Tutor:
Elaine Swan
Course code:
Q00012382
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
8 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £8.40

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:
Wed 28/02/2024 -
Wed 19/06/2024
Times:
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Duration:
12 sessions
Tutor:
Nicky Turner
Course code:
Q00012912
How you'll learn:
Online
Status:
Waiting list (Join waiting list)
Fee range
Free to £88.80

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:
Wed 28/02/2024 -
Wed 17/07/2024
Times:
9:00am - 2:30pm
Duration:
38 sessions
Location:
Park Lane Children's Centre (London)
139 Park Lane
London
N17 0HB
Tutor:
Bimbola Olawanle
Course code:
Q00013337
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
4 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £225.00

Personal Development: Introduction to Basic First Aid

This five-week course, where you will develop your understanding of basic first aid. The skills you will learn will increase your confidence when you need to use them. Each week we will have a theme, that builds your knowledge around basic first aid skills, for example bandages and slings, burns and scalds, resuscitation and how to call an ambulance in an emergency. At the end of the course, you will gain some skills and create a flow chart of what to do when there is an accident at KCU.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 28/02/2024 -
Wed 27/03/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 3:15pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Kettering Community Unit
51 Gold Street
Kettering
NN16 8JB
Tutor:
Karren Bennett
Course code:
Q00013384
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
2 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £47.25

Personal Development: DWP CV Writing workshop

This course is for learners of the DWP, Wellington Street, Leicester only. 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:
Wed 28/02/2024 -
Wed 28/02/2024
Times:
10:30am - 12:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Wellington Street Job Centre
Crown Buildings
60 Wellington Street
Leicester
LE1 6DS
Tutor:
Ayman Ali
Course code:
Q00013907
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £8.40

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. Unlock your potential in the world of online buying and selling through our exciting IT-infused sewing class! In today's digital age, mastering e-commerce skills is a must, and we've tailored a program that combines your passion for sewing with the power of technology. Discover the art of creating your own online store, optimizing product listings, and utilizing social media platforms for marketing. Seamlessly navigate e-payment systems and craft captivating product images. With our expert guidance, you'll acquire the essential IT knowledge and skills required to thrive in the competitive online marketplace. Join our class today and stitch your way to success in the digital economy while expressing your creativity through sewing!

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 29/02/2024 -
Thu 29/02/2024
Times:
9:30am - 11:30am
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Robert Stewart Memorial Hall (Newcastle
89 Wingrove Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE4 9BU
Tutor:
Elaine Swan
Course code:
Q00012426
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £8.40