WEA Grow: Employability Skills for Working in Community Horticulture

Ref: C3843856

This course is for people wishing to progress their skills in horticulture and develop their personal capacity to contribute to the sector.  As a group we will celebrate our skills and develop new ones, explore approaches for cultivating the right mind set for working in this field, practice how to negotiate working conditions and develop communication skills that help us build resilient teams and fulfilling roles. We will visit local projects and map our network and opportunities. Activities will be a mix of classroom based and outdoor practical sessions.  This course is for anyone wishing to develop their skills in gaining employment that's right for them. No experience necessary but all levels welcome.  We will work towards gaining the Award in Employability Skills Level 1 through NCFE

Course aim

To provide an introduction to working on local environmental, horticulture and gardening projects developing the necessary skills and knowledge (& networks) to work collaboratively and maximise personal satisfaction.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Understand how mindset can improve employability.
  • Recognise creative thinking and when it would be useful in the workplace.
  • Understand people's reactions to change and know about tools/methods that could assist coping with change.
  • Understand own role and the role of others when taking part in a project.

How will I be taught?

  • Most of your learning will take place in your class, but one or two sessions will be online using WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas, working by yourself or engaging with other students. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • 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 digital portfolio of your work on WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas.
  • 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
  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

Download full course information sheet

WEA Grow: Employability Skills for Working in Community Horticulture

Enrolment Conditions

This course is funded by the Liverpool Combined Authority. You must be a resident of Liverpool in order to attend this course. Click here to learn more about government funding changes. If you don't know whether you are a resident of Liverpool, you can check your postcode here:

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

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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