Employability At The Mary Ward Centre: Free Courses
Join a course at Mary Ward Centre to help you get a new or better job. Our friendly and supportive courses will provide you with the skills needed for the modern workplace. Perhaps you have been furloughed and this is an opportunity to upskill? Learn alongside other adults who are seeking to gain employment, returning to employment after a break or looking to improve on their current job.
- Gain IT skills for work or learn how to operate your smart phone and use social media
- Improve your Curriculum Vitae – both by improving writing skills and by achieving the business, finance and marketing qualifications you need to make employers look again
- Combine the fields of IT, design and art in our creative technologies courses
Learn on up to date software in socially distanced computer classrooms or online, and get the qualifications you need or just learn new skills want (awarding bodies include BCS and Edexcel – for IT Entry Level to Level 3, IAB and APM – for finance and project management).
Most courses are free if you are unemployed or on a low income. Where they are not, courses are heavily subsidised on average by 50% which means the true cost of a course is approximately double the full fee you use in the prospectus. Employers may also wish to invest in these skills for their staff and are encouraged to contact the Department for advice. Take some time to browse our detailed course descriptions and also find information about additional courses that are put on during the year.
Learn to use the three key programs used in employment: Word, Excel and PowerPoint. The course is tutor-led throughout and students are advised to consolidate their learning outside the college. Upon successful completion of four short online exams, you receive the BCS Level 2 ITQ Certificate in IT User Skills.
Classes will involve some self-study and information being sent to you via email or Moodle. The course will be run via Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class. You will be given instructions for how to do this. TEACHING TIMES WILL BE THURSDAY 10.30 – 12.30 LUNCH ONE HOUR 1.30 – 2.30pm (3 hours via zoom) Additional teaching will be on a one to one arrangement at a time to be arranged. One day (5 hours) will be on site to take the diagnostic and the exams on four separate days.
The APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) (SCQF Level 6) (www.apm.org.uk) (formerly known as the APM Introductory Certificate). This qualification is awarded by the Association for Project Management, (APM) the chartered body for the project profession. The course is for people who want skills in project management that could be applied in business or other environments. It is for those wishing to gain a broad understanding of the principles of the profession. It has been developed with materials that are of particular use and relevance to people who work or are involved in the community and voluntary sector although the knowledge gained is applicable to any sector. Final assessment is by a short multiple choice online exam. The course syllabus details are available on the APM website www.apm.org.uk. Students may wish to take the Project Management Starter course detailed above, prior to the PFQ. To complement it they may also wish to enrol on a project management software course, MS Project.
This new Digital Skills qualification is for people who are facing today’s job market without the skills to effectively search for jobs online, send emails or use web forms and other digital services.