Tag Archives: education

Level 3 Award in Education and Training

20 Mar

Could you use your skills to help others?

This four day course replaces the former PTLLS award and serves as an introductory teaching qualification enabling learners to develop knowledge and skills in Teaching and Learning.

Our next course will be running on the 22nd, 23rd, 29th and 30th of April in our Newton Abbot centre. It’s a fun and participatory qualification which enables a person to teach groups of people aged 16+.

The course involves four days in a classroom, two written assignments, and a fifteen minute micro teach session. Each day runs from 9.30 – 4.30.

If you’d like to book a place or for more information please call 0800 043 2440 or email info@opsw.co.uk.

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Flexible Learning – Make the Most of Distance Learning.

23 Feb

Distance learning allows you to study at your own pace and when it is convenient to you, meaning you can fit it around work or family commitments. However, it can take time to get to grips with learning at home and by yourself. These top tips will ensure you make the most of your distance learning experience.

1) Try one of our Work Bites. These short, simple courses give you a basic introduction to distance learning, and give you the opportunity to see if you are suited to this style of learning before committing to a more in-depth course.

2) Use the support available to you. Don’t struggle by yourself, use support groups and stay in touch with your tutor if you are finding the work too much or need any additional support. Try to find a friend who is also doing some distance learning and study together.

3) Create a study area for yourself. Get everything you need ready and remove anything that’s not related to your course and could cause a distraction.

4) Set yourself targets and reward yourself when you meet them. It might just be treating yourself to a cup of tea once you’ve finished a difficult question, or it could be booking a meal at your favourite restaurant after you’ve completed a tricky assignment.

5) Create a study planner – set yourself proper times to study (including breaks) and give yourself specific, achievable tasks to do each time you study.

The Hub Yeovil

18 Mar

Last month we went to have a look around The Hub Yeovil, a community centre in Yeovil.  We absolutely loved it there, a really inspirational, welcoming and friendly community centre.

The Hub Yeovil was set up in November 2010 by Sophie Mars and Clive Tuck.  It is a community centre for people with learning difficulties.  As well as being a great place for socialising and learning life skills, trainees learn new practical skills such as car valeting, growing plants, soap making and crafts.  A lot of the crafts use recycled products, which they obtain from the Yeovil Scrapstore, such as old clothes, magazines, books, newspapers, furniture.

Tie Dye

Aquaponics

Trainees use their new skills to create micro-enterprises, giving them all round skills to enable them to start their own businesses in the future, as well as giving them practical experience which will improve their employability.  The extra income that these micro-businesses bring in helps to keep the The Hub Yeovil a sustainable project.

Bags

Notice Boards

If you are looking for an ethical gift for someone, take a look at their lovely soaps which can be purchased through their website.

Soaps

Soaps and Bath Salts

They have exciting plans in the pipeline to open a shop selling the products that trainees have made, and are also looking for other ethically minded products to sell from the shop.

Show your support for this great project by liking their new Facebook page.