Community learning courses

Community learning offers free or low cost courses for adults aged 19 or over with few or no qualifications. Courses aim to improve employability, health, wellbeing and confidence.

Our current courses are listed below – contact us to find out more.

For information or to book on our courses contact Julie Evans on 01934 426 725. We recommend booking in advance

Improving your customer service skills

Customer care skills are vital in most job roles, particularly in reception, telesales and retail work.  This short course will help jobseekers prepare for interview and improve skills for work.  Course content includes: effective listening and questioning skills; considering customer diversity and needs; managing difficult customers, respecting customer confidentiality; exploring local employment opportunities, and tips for a successful interview.

When: Wednesdays, 10am-1pm (starting 8 March 2017, for four weeks)
Where: The Sub Station at The Information Station, St Andrews Parade, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 3SS

Care Academy

The Care Academy offers a three week training programme with a guaranteed interview and the chance to gain a recognised care qualification, as well as food hygiene and health and safety certificates. They will also help with childcare and transport. The Care Academy is offered in partnership by Alliance Living Care, Weston College, Community Learning West and the Job Centre.

When: starts Monday 20 March 2017
Where: Weston College South West Skills Campus, Locking Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS22 8NL

To find out more and to book a place contact Niki Taylor or Ros Wlaznik at Alliance Living Care on 03000 121 447 or email niki.taylor@allianceliving.org.uk or roslyn.wlaznik@allianceliving.org.uk

Finding work in cleaning

This short course is for those who wish to work as cleaners and would like additional information to improve their chances of finding employment. The course gives tips about effective cleaning methods, information about local opportunities, tips for success in job interviews, health and safety, and COSHH awareness.

When: Mondays, 10am-1pm (27 March and 3 April 2017)
Where: The Sub Station at The Information Station, St Andrews Parade, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 3SS

Computer skills for life and work

Gain confidence in IT skills to improve future job prospects. Creating word documents, using spreadsheets, emailing, using the internet and online forms.

When: Tuesdays, 3.30pm-6pm (starting 25 April 2017, for eight weeks)
Where: Nailsea School, Mizzymead Road, Nailsea, BS48 2HN

Introduction to childcare

This course explores the range of services provision and roles within the early years and childcare. Some of the topics cover the principles and values when working within the early years and childcare sector, how to communication and engage with children in the early years settings and awareness of working with others. After completing the course, you’ll receive an accreditation through City & Guilds in Level 1 Award Preparing to Work in Childcare sector. Guidance to progress onto a Level 2 course is also given at the end of the course

When: Thursdays, 9.30am-1pm (starting 25 April 2017, for six weeks)
Where: The Campus, Highlands Lane, Weston-super-Mare, BS24 7DX

For more information or to book onto this course please contact Cirlei on 01934 426 361 or 07767 671 633

Digital photography

A course aimed at providing learners with basic IT skills used for digital photography e.g. saving and sharing images, transferring images from device to PC, using photo editing software and that will improve general confidence with computer skills.

When: Thursdays, 1pm-3pm (starting 27 April 2017, for six weeks)
Where: Portishead Library, Horatio House, 24 Harbour Road, Portishead, BS20 7AL

English for parents in Weston

This is a course for Parents who haven’t got English as their first language. The contents of this course will support the learners in developing their English language skills needed for their everyday life, including employment. As this course is for parents with children at school age, some content will focus on how to support their children at school with homework, attending parents’ evening and understanding the English educational system.

When: Wednesdays, 9.30am-11.30am (starting 3 May 2017, for nine weeks)
Where: Ashcombe Children’s Centre, Stepping Stone Walk, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 3NA

For more information or to book onto this course please contact Cirlei on 01934 426 361 or 07767 671 633

Introduction to self-employment – becoming your own boss

This short course provides information to help you plan your business effectively. Including developing a business plan and pitching your business idea. Raising finance or start-up loans, manage finances, tax and VAT, researching your market and complying with legal requirements.

When: Thursdays, 10am-1pm (starting 4 May 2017, for three weeks)
Where: The Campus, Highlands Lane, Weston-super-Mare, BS24 7DX

Introduction to British sign language

Learn sign language skills to help communication with friends, family or customers who have hearing difficulties.

When: Thursdays, 6pm-6pm (starting 11 May 2017, for 10 weeks)
Where: The Campus, Highlands Lane, Weston-super-Mare, BS24 7DX