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Schools, Parenting and Child Development: Introduction to SEND

This short course will introduce you to what is meant by special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The course will provide an initial understanding of the spectrum of autistic disorders and how they can affect people in a variety of ways, as well as exploring the importance of a person-centred approach to provide support. It’s important to be aware of the range of special needs you can encounter when dealing with others. Special needs education courses can help you understand what to expect and how to support all learning needs.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 12/07/2024 -
Fri 12/07/2024
Times:
9:30am - 3:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Camborne Centenary Chapel (Camborne)
Wesley Street
Camborne
TR14 8HS
Tutor:
Pamela Rozentals
Course code:
Q00014572
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £25.20

Professional Development: How to have Difficult Conversations.

Part of the Free to All Taster Courses. Do you avoid certain conversations because they might be difficult to have? What might be the effect of this behaviour on you and others at work or at home? All of us tend to stick to certain patterns in communicating and some of these might be ineffective in some circumstances. Find out what your natural style is and investigate whether other styles might be more effective with the conversations you would like to have. Learn to use a simple framework to make sure your view come across and investigate how to avoid some of the common pitfalls in communication. Join this course to practice effective strategies to manage conflict and have more productive conversations.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 12/07/2024 -
Fri 12/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 1:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Kate Antoniou
Course code:
Q00016565
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £12.60

Beginners Social Media Marketing for Enterprise: Vinted

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

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 17/07/2024 -
Wed 17/07/2024
Times:
9:30am - 12:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Karen Duncan
Course code:
Q00016493
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Multiply Essex: Beginners Excel and Spreadsheets

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 is an Excel course for beginners, and we’ll cover all the basics. This beginners Excel course aims to teach you computer skills for everyday life, including simple budgeting techniques to manage your money better. This course is funded through Multiply, you are eligible for full funding if you are aged 19+ and have an Essex home postcode.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 18/07/2024 -
Thu 18/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 1:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Chris George
Course code:
Q00015428
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
2 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

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12 months
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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:
Mon 22/07/2024 -
Wed 24/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 3:00pm
Duration:
3 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Veronica Hyde
Course code:
Q00015373
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £75.00

Using Canvas to learn: Steps to success course

Studying online is a fun and effective way to learn. This course will teach you to use Canvas so that you can get the most out of WEA courses. You’ll learn digital skills to support you to study WEA online courses. This Canvas course is ideal for you if you’re considering taking a WEA course but feel unsure of your digital skills. It’s appropriate for complete beginners, so don’t worry if this is new to you.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 23/07/2024 -
Thu 25/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 1:00pm
Duration:
3 sessions
Location:
KCU Ltd at Fuller Church (Kettering)
51 Gold Street
Kettering
NN16 8JB
Tutor:
Karren Bennett
Course code:
Q00014797
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £37.80

Paediatric First Aid

The 8-hour paediatric first aid course provides comprehensive training on the essential skills, numeracy and responsibilities of a paediatric first aider. Participants will learn the critical role they play in emergency situations involving infants and children and also how maths plays a role in that. Core topics covered include CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), including both resuscitation techniques and defibrillation procedures tailored for paediatric cases.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 25/07/2024 -
Fri 26/07/2024
Times:
10:30am - 2:30pm
Duration:
2 sessions
Location:
Beaulieu Community Centre
Beaulieu Square
Centenary Way
Chelmsford
Essex
CM1 6AU
Tutor:
Zoe Shelley
Course code:
Q00017062
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free



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Functional Skills Maths

Gain a GCSE-equivalent qualification with this functional skills maths course. Learn maths skills to open doors to work and study opportunities. Functional maths courses also support you in everyday situations. Learn maths as an adult and enjoy the experience. Functional maths helps you develop practical maths skills in context. Understand how numeracy skills can assist you in a job or your personal life. This functional skills maths course teaches you essential maths skills through practical examples. It’s ideal for you if you would like to gain a GCSE-equivalent maths qualification.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 14/12/2023 -
Thu 06/06/2024
Location:
Online
Course code:
P00000006
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee:
Free

Functional Skills English

Get an English qualification to help you access a variety of work and study options. Functional skills courses in English teach you to read, write, and communicate confidently in English. Functional skills English isn’t like learning English at school. This is an English course for adults created by adults. Develop practical English skills by learning language in context.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 11/01/2024 -
Thu 06/06/2024
Location:
Online
Course code:
P00000004
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee:
Free

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 -
Wed 31/07/2024
Location:
Online
Course code:
P00000024
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
In progress

Community Interpreting

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:
Tue 05/03/2024 -
Thu 25/07/2024
Location:
Online
Course code:
P00000025
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
0 places remaining
Status:
In progress

Skincare for Makeup and Beginners

The course introduces the basic beauty skills you need for entry in to the beauty industry. This course covers essential skills and knowledge to progress towards a career in the beauty industry. Makeup for beginners Discover application techniques products and tools for creating flawless makeup looks on this online course. Learn the art of makeup application and discover various makeup styles that include day time and evening smoky eye looks. Health and safety in the beauty industry. This course includes essential health, hygiene and safety in the beauty workplace. Starting your own small business. This course is designed for those looking to start a small business within this exciting industry. This course oh covers developing your business idea, including your business name pricing working hours and using social media etc.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 16/04/2024 -
Tue 09/07/2024
Location:
Online
Course code:
P00000031
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
8 places remaining
Status:
In progress

Digital Photography for Beginners

Get started with digital photography! With whatever device you’ve got to hand, the camera on your mobile phone or a digital camera if you have one, start getting the pictures you want. Photographs of your children or grandchildren, your pets, your blossoming summer garden – start capturing the things you look at every day and enjoy for longer the wonderful things around you by capturing them digitally on your devices. With the help of our experienced tutor, learn how to compose good shots, how to use your camera in different ways to bring variety to your photographs and see how you can share them. You will join a class of beginners, other learners with the same goals, all people who want to gain confidence in digital photography in a mutually supportive learning environment.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 05/06/2024 -
Wed 26/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Easington Lane Community Access Point
Easington Lane
Houghton - le- Spring
DH5 0LE
Tutor:
Susan Jones
Course code:
Q00015402
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee:
Free

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:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £75.00