Professional Development:Unit 6: Developing English, Maths, IT for Work

Ref: C2224227

It Is very important to keep your skills up to date when in work. This courses looks at the core skills of English, Maths and IT and asks you to think about the skills you already possess and identify ways of further developing them.

Course aim

This course aims to help you recognise the level of English, Maths and IT knowledge you have. You will be asked to identify the level of English, Maths and IT skills that you already possess for work and to think about the additional skills that employers are looking for. You will be asked to identify ways you can further develop your English, Maths and IT skills

Who is the course for?

Students must be referred via Job Centre Plus (JCP)

What topics will this course cover

• You will be introduced to the worksheets for completion during this course. • Your tutor will explain what is meant by the terms ‘English’, ‘Maths’ and IT. • She will encourage you to think about what you are able to do in relation to each of these and what you need to develop for work. • You will be asked to list 3 English skills, 3 Maths skills and 3 IT skills you wish to develop and to find ways to help you to do this. • You will select one area for development and work on it during the course. • You will be asked to tell us about your progress on this unit.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

1. State what your existing skills in relation to English, Maths and IT. These could take the form of qualifications, knowledge you can demonstrate to the tutor, or skills gained from working or other experience. 2. List 3 English skills, 3 Maths skills and 3 IT skills you would like to develop. 3. Research ways in which each of the skills above could be developed and keep the information for the future. 4. Pick one skill you would like to develop and work on it in class

How will I know I'm making progress?

Your tutor will talk to you each week and provide you with support and feedback. She will also provide feedback on your portfolio work. You will also receive feedback from other people in the group. The tutor will tell you, from observing how you work with other people, what progress you are making and when you respond to ask or answer questions, you will be able to tell if you are learning. You will note in your learning record the progress that you are making.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

Students should bring a pen. All other materials will be provided. You do not need any previous experience of work although if you do have experience, this will be useful for you to build on.

Reading and information sources

• Ely College offer free English and Maths courses. • The Learning Centre at Ely Library run a job club which runs every Friday morning. You can join at any time. The Learning Centre at Ely Library can also offer you help with further employability courses, IT, Maths and English. Courses are free to people on JSA/ESA or other benefits. Contact number for the Learning Centre. 01353 616160 • There is also someone from the National Careers Service at the library. Free online courses/resources http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise http://learningmathsonline.ac.uk/wp/ http://www.move-on.org.uk/index.asp

What could the course lead to?

Following on for your action plan, you may wish to sign up for a Maths, English or IT course. The aim of the employability courses is to find work and it is hoped that by participating in these courses, you will feel better equipped to move into the work place. You may wish to explore volunteering or work experience opportunities or have a detailed careers interview with the National Careers Service.

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Professional Development:Unit 6: Developing English, Maths, IT for Work Course Outline

Conditions

You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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