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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:
Tue 11/06/2024 -
Tue 25/06/2024
Times:
9:30am - 2:30pm
Duration:
3 sessions
Location:
Health Resource Centre (Newcastle upon T
Adelaide Terrace
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE4 8BE
Tutor:
Maryam Knowles
Course code:
Q00016198
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
5 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £42.00

Personal Development: DWP CV Writing workshop

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 12/06/2024 -
Wed 12/06/2024
Times:
10:30am - 1:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
DWP Wellington Street Job Centre
Crown Buildings
60 Wellington Street
Leicester
LE1 6DS
Tutor:
Ayman Ali
Course code:
Q00015438
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £10.50

Get Ready for Work! Confidence Course (West Sussex Multiply)

This course is delivered as part of the Multiply- West Sussex contract which is intended to help students to develop everyday numeracy skills and build confidence with maths. This particular course integrates basic numeracy for the workplace, to build confidence in those who are unemployed, or particularly for the long term unemployed. The intent of the course is to upskill people and to give them the confidence to get on in the modern workplace. Increasing their confidence with numbers in the workplace, but also looking to build confidence overall.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 12/06/2024 -
Wed 26/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
3 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Jane Perrin
Course code:
Q00016219
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Personal Development DWP Beginners Digital Skills

Gain access to the essentials of modern life through vital digital skills in this beginner-friendly course. Tailored for those lacking confidence in using laptop computers, this program equips beginners with fundamental skills. Learn to access services, apply for jobs, save work, and ensure online safety. The course targets individuals who have limited laptop experience and seek greater proficiency. Dive into the digital era, building confidence and competence in utilising technology to navigate various aspects of contemporary living. Join this this course to unlock the potential of digital tools and enhance your ability to engage with today's interconnected world.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 13/06/2024 -
Thu 27/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
3 sessions
Location:
WEA (Leicester)
101 Hinckley Road
Leicester
LE3 0TD
Tutor:
Ayman Ali
Course code:
Q00013965
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £25.20

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Personal Development: DWP Employability Skills

The 10-Hour Employability Skills Course for Job Centre Claimants is designed to empower individuals with limited English language abilities and minimal work experience. It covers key areas such as effective communication, CV writing, job searching techniques, interview preparation, and digital literacy, tailored to the needs of non-native English speakers. Participants will also learn about UK workplace culture and time management. Through interactive sessions and practical exercises, the course aims to enhance job readiness, providing the tools and confidence needed to navigate the job market and pursue employment opportunities effectively.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 13/06/2024 -
Thu 27/06/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
3 sessions
Location:
WEA (Leicester)
101 Hinckley Road
Leicester
LE3 0TD
Tutor:
Ayman Ali
Course code:
Q00014080
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £25.20

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:
10+ 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 -
Wed 24/07/2024
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

Entry Level Essential Digital Skills: Basic Digital Skills

This course is GLA funded and is for London learners only. Learn to use digital devices and gain essential digital 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 those who feel somewhat confident with their digital skills or would like to improve them, so don’t worry if this is new to you. Learn to use your phone, your keyboard, calendar, notes, contact list and fill out online forms in this Digital Skills course. Understand how to take and upload pictures and search for information online. This digital skills training also teaches you how to shop online securely and so you’ll understand online safety.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 13/06/2024 -
Thu 11/07/2024
Times:
9:30am - 11:30am
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Natasha Abrams
Course code:
Q00016440
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £37.00

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:
8 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Personal Development: Skincare and Makeup for Beginners

This course is designed to go alongside Personal Development: Skincare and Makeup For Beginners and Health and Safety in the Beauty Industry. Once you have the skills, you may want to start your own business. The first step in this is to become self-employed. It can seem like a minefield sometimes when you hear of all the legislation you must adhere to. Your experienced tutor will guide you through setting up your business and registering with the Governments Self-Assessment website to create an online account. We’ll also look at Book-keeping apps to keep track of spending and profits and find finding the right insurance.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 14/06/2024 -
Fri 14/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Riverside Community Health Project (Newc
Carnegie Building
Atkinson Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE4 8XS
Tutor:
Jennifer Moore
Course code:
Q00014515
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £8.40