Business Skills for Volunteers & Small Businesses

Ref: C2342980

A course aimed at people who work as volunteers, are self employed or run small businesses. We will explore the essential skills needed to be successful including how to find information on the internet and use that information in letter writing, reports and presentations. We will also look at how to interpret information and statistics, how to compare them and how to analyse what budgets and accounts can mean to our future success and decision making. The course will provide the chance to apply what you learn to your own activities and, where possible, will encourage students to focus on their real life experience and needs. Discussions with other students and sharing experiences will be an essential part of the course, as will online security and safety and identifying trusted web sites and reliable sources of information.

Course aim

This course aims to provide basic business skills for volunteers and small business owners including researching on the internet, letter writing, presentation skills and understanding national and local government.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Students need a level 2 qualification in English to join this course

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

  • Identify three ways to stay safe using electronic communication
  • Find information about a local council, or government, department and write a letter of complaint, a letter of praise or a letter making a suggestion.
  • Prepare a 15 minute presentation about a subject you have researched and present to the class along with a written summary
  • Research a subject with a cost and resource implication (eg a holiday, DIY, maing a meal) and compare, and report on, the difference between doing it online, doing it yourself, or having a third party do it for you.
  • Describe five differences between local and national government.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will be able to keep a record of your progress and achievement using photos, audio, text or documents uploaded into the WEA’s digital learning platform, WEA Canvas.
  • Your tutor will provide written, text and audio feedback recorded in WEA Canvas, WEA’s digital learning platform.
  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

Download full course information sheet

Business Skills for Volunteers & Small Businesses

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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