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Personal development can mean a lot of different things. Our courses can help you develop the skills and confidence you need to make the most of your potential. Our adult education classes can also help you grow in your current job and help you reach your goals. 

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Looking for work? Start here

If you are looking for work and want to get started, we have short courses to help you find work. We run free course * on CV writing, job hunting and interviews. We’re here to help you reach your potential. From starting to explore your options to learning how to successfully apply for jobs. Our personal development courses help you take positive steps towards your dream job.

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To stand out in the crowd and improve your employability, our tutors offer friendly support to meet your needs. You can talk to your tutor about your goals and identify the steps you need to take to get into the job you want.  Whether an online course or in person, our tutors are here to ensure you succeed. 

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If you’re already in work and want to gain new skills and confidence or improve your wellbeing at work, our courses can help. Our adult education skills courses help you clarify your goals and find a clear path to reaching your potential.

*Over 90% of applicants for skills courses do not need to pay a fee. Subject to status - courses are free for unemployed people, job seekers and people on low wage. If you do not qualify you will be alerted during the application process.

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Confidence to learn - An Introduction to Driving Theory Test

Would you like to learn new skills or change jobs? It can be hard to get back into learning after a long break. This confidence training will prepare you to feel comfortable stepping back into the classroom. This short course can help you bridge the gaps in your confidence and overcome the obstacles standing in your way to get back into learning. The objective of this course is to get you into a positive mindset to achieve your goals. You will practise a variety of confidence-building exercises to help that mindset shift come from within.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 06/02/2024 -
Tue 12/03/2024
Times:
9:30am - 12:00pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Newcastle Bangladeshi Association
246-248 Elswick Road
Newcastle
NE4 6SN
Tutor:
Nadia Belmajdoub
Course code:
Q00013847
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £42.00

Personal Development: Prepare for your driving theory test

This course has been tailored for those who are wanting to prepare for their driving theory tests and/or aiming to develop their numeracy and ESOL capabilities. This course offers a comprehensive foundation for practical numeracy and road safety awareness. The course focuses on enhancing numeracy skills and confidence in everyday number use. Learners will develop their knowledge of a range of shapes, directions, and essential vocabularies for driving theory. By the end of this course, participants will proficiently identify road traffic signs and understand driving rules and feel more confident to progress onto taking their driving theory test.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 20/02/2024 -
Tue 14/05/2024
Times:
9:30am - 11:30am
Duration:
11 sessions
Location:
Thornhill Lees Community Centre (Dewsbur
53 Brewery Lane
Dewsbury
WF12 9DU
Tutor:
Zaakirah Dadibhai
Course code:
Q00013805
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
9 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £92.40

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:
Available
Fee range
Free to £50.40

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:
Available
Fee range
Free to £42.00

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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 21/02/2024 -
Wed 21/02/2024
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:
Q00013906
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £8.40

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:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £42.00

Personal Development: Managing stress through Drama

Relax and unwind while developing creative skills through Drama. Use the performing arts for relaxation and to engage with a mindful activity that will give you a voice. self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management are all associated with the art of Theatre. If you are interested in the performing arts, writing, the production, behind the scenes or performing, this is the course for you. We will learn how to regain confidence and self esteem through Drama. Creating moments of wellbeing in the day is essential for our emotional and mental health. Telling stories, creating a setting or exploring performance will give the opportunity to work with like minded people in this course, where all are welcome to enjoy exploring narrative and self-expression. This allows people to express themselves and explore different emotions and perspectives through role-playing and improvisation.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 22/02/2024 -
Thu 21/03/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Great Haughton Welfare Centre
Rotherham RD
Great Haughton
S72 0EG
Tutor:
Carrie Hanson
Course code:
Q00013747
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £42.00

Introduction to Work in the Early Years

This course is ideal if you have an interest in working with children aged from birth to five (the Early Years Foundation Stage). The topics in this course will introduce you to the basic knowledge understanding and skills needed for work in Early Years. These include how children develop and learn, how to develop caring skills, safeguarding and welfare, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), and communicating effectively with children. This course is for those thinking or preparing to work in Early Years settings such as nurseries and preschools, as well as those looking to become a childminder or other Early Years professional.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 26/02/2024 -
Mon 11/03/2024
Times:
10:00am - 1:00pm
Duration:
3 sessions
Location:
Honeycroft Centre (Hove)
St. Barnabas Hall
Sackville Road
Hove
BN3 3WF
Tutor:
Diana Barnsley
Course code:
Q00013545
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
6 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £25.00

Personal Development: 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:
Mon 26/02/2024 -
Mon 18/03/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Diversity
2A Clarke Road
Lincoln
LN6 8SH
Tutor:
Patrick O'Reilly
Course code:
Q00013758
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £33.60

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:
Mon 26/02/2024 -
Mon 26/02/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Wellington Street Job Centre
Crown Buildings
60 Wellington Street
Leicester
LE1 6DS
Tutor:
Ayman Ali
Course code:
Q00013908
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £8.40