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 on the courses below please contact JP Evans on 01934 426 725. We recommend booking in advance

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: Tuesday 13 June 2017, 10am-1pm
Where: Parish Wharf Leisure Centre, Harbour Road, Portishead, BS20 7DD

And

When: Wednesdays 19 and 26 July 2017, 10am-1pm
Where: The Sub Station at The Information Station, St Andrews Parade, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 3SS

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: Mondays, 9.45am-12.45pm (starting 3 July 2017, for four weeks)
Where: The Sub Station at The Information Station, St Andrews Parade, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 3SS

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 6 July 2017, for three weeks)
Where: The Campus, Highlands Lane, Weston-super-Mare, BS24 7DX

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: dates for this course are to be confirmed
Where: Nailsea School, Mizzymead Road, Nailsea, BS48 2HN

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: dates for this course are to be confirmed
Where: Portishead Library, Horatio House, 24 Harbour Road, Portishead, BS20 7AL

Introduction to British sign language

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

When: dates for this course are to be confirmed
Where: The Campus, Highlands Lane, Weston-super-Mare, BS24 7DX

 

For information on the courses below please contact John Fowler on 07973 917 389 or email john.fowler@weston.ac.uk.

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: Mondays, 2pm (starting 15 June, for three weeks)
Where: Weston College South West Skills Campus, Locking Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS22 8NL

 

For information on the courses below please contact Cirlei Ioris on 01934 426 361 or 07767 671 633.

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: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9.30am-1pm (starting 15 June 2017, five sessions)
Where: The Campus, Highlands Lane, Weston-super-Mare, BS24 7DX

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: dates for this course are to be confirmed
Where: Ashcombe Children’s Centre, Stepping Stone Walk, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 3NA

Healthy eating

This is a course where you can explore healthier alternatives to your diet and prepare simple dishes from scratch. We will also be looking at the cookery books and magazines that you can access at your local library.

When: Tuesdays, 12pm-2pm (starting 16 May, for four weeks)
Where: Victoria Methodist Church, STation Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1XU

Family learning

Family learning programs help parents to support their children’s learning and to improve their own skills. We offer several courses designed to involve children and/or any of their family members including parents, grandparents and carers

When: dates for this course are to be confirmed
Where: the venue for this course is to be confirmed

 

For information on the courses below please contact Joan Urch on 01934 426 123.

Job skills

This practical course will cover setting up an e-mail account, accessing universal job match, creating/updating your CV. You will also learn how to write covering letters/emails, search internet job sites and develop an awareness of social media.

When: Mondays, 1.30pm-3.30pm (starting 5 June, for five weeks)
Where: Carlton Centre, Carlton Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1UA

Basic computer skills

A very basic introduction to computers, covering everything from how to turn it on, to word processing, emails and the internet. Opportunity to get a City & Guilds Level 3 qualification.

When: Mondays and Thursdays, 9.30am-11.30am (starting 8 June 2017, five weeks)
Where: Carlton Centre, Carlton Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1UA

Intermediate IT

For those who wish to re-visit the basic skills of computing and refresh and improve their ability.

When: Mondays and Thursdays, 11.30am-1.30pm (starting 8 June 2017, five weeks)
Where: Carlton Centre, Carlton Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1UA

Managing the emotion of anger

This course will help you to explore anger as well as teach methods and strategies to manage it. Managing anger is not just about dealing with explosive anger but also about suppressed anger, angry feelings and unexpressed strong emotions or feelings.

When: dates for this course are to be confirmed
Where: Carlton Centre, Carlton Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1UA

Building self confidence

This course will help you explore self-confidences using mindfulness and other techniques. The learners are encouraged to explore what prevents them from being confident and how they can improve and move forward.

When: dates for this course are to be confirmed
Where: Carlton Centre, Carlton Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1UA

Mindfulness

This course will help you to learn the basics of how this meditation technique can help you live your life more fully, be more fully engaged in your day-to-day life, manage anxiety, depression stress, chronic pain and illness.

When: dates for this course are to be confirmed
Where: Carlton Centre, Carlton Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1UA