Tag Archives: skills

Google’s Digital Garage

6 Apr

When starting a business, the internet can be your biggest tool especially Google. Google can help you in more ways than you think, and have created a branch of their empire that teaches valuable digital skills – Digital Garage.

Digital Garage is aimed at small businesses and people who want to grow their business, career or digital confidence. The site is free to join and will create a unique learning plan for you based on what your aims are and you are able to explore a range of topics including ‘Get noticed with social media’ and ‘Get started with analytics’.

You can track your progress through modules and when you’ve completed one you will gain a badge; when you’ve completed all of the topics you’ll get a certificate!

If you’re starting a business, want to expand online or learn new digital skills then register now and have a world of wisdom at your fingertips.

https://digitalgarage.withgoogle.com/

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Opportunity Plus have escaped!

17 Dec

The Opportunity Plus team have been on our Christmas celebration. Although we stuck with a more traditional festive meal in the evening we kicked it off in Opportunity Plus style with a visit to Red House Mysteries to ‘Escape the Room’.

Red House Mysteries is based in Exeter and their new mystery room had only been open for a month, with several teams attempting to escape. The project itself was successfully funded by crowdfunding, with the campaign exceeding its target. Without a clue of what to expect we walked down to a secluded door on King Street Exeter to begin our journey. After going through the usual health and safety protocols (including removing our shoes) we were plunged into darkness, locked in and ready to commence the fun.

The aim of the game was simple, we had to solve the mystery of a detective who had been falsely framed for a murder and we needed to prove his innocence. I will not indulge too much in the story as not to ruin the plot for future investigators but it was extremely well thought out.  The room contained several clues, puzzles and keys which seemed to be of no use until you least expect it. We were forced to work as a team to beat the hour clock ticking away – using our individual skills and organisation to crack the evidence, all whilst being watched on CCTV by our host.

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Susan, Michelle, Ritchie, Jenny, Jude, Catt and Ann – a success!

Despite moments of panic and incorrect ideas we succeeded and managed to escape the room in 49 minutes! The experience was fantastic and all involved thoroughly enjoyed it. A massive thank you to everyone at Red House Mysteries, Ben was a great host. We spent the rest of the evening pretending we were detectives and looking at everything twice incase it was a clue. I think it’s safe to say we will be visiting your new room as soon as it opens!

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Thanks Ben!

10 things to do in your extra hour this Autumn

23 Oct

It’s coming up to that time again when the clocks change and the atmosphere suddenly feels like autumn or winter. On Sunday the 25th October at 2am the clocks will ‘fall back’ to 1am. A lot of people will probably think this is the perfect time to get an extra hour in bed (if the children allow you to) but whether your employed, self-employed or looking for work there are some much more productive things you can be doing with your extra hour to get you ready for Monday and feeling great. Here at Opportunity Plus we’ve created our top ten things you can do with your time instead of staying in bed:

  • Learn how to say ‘Good Morning’ in 10 languagesIMG_1673
  • Update and re-write your CV
  • Create a playlist of motivational music
  • Carve a Halloween pumpkin
  • Make a list of your goals for the next 6 months
  • Clean out and organise your emails or social media
  • Do a SWOT analysis of yourself
  • Relax yourself with some yoga
  • Review and update your weeks to-do list
  • Make a pumpkin pie

However you spend it, enjoy your extra hour!

If you’re looking for help with employment or self employment please get in touch on info@opsw.co.uk. We won’t be here at 2am on Sunday but will reply as soon as we can.

Volunteers’ Week

30 May

Next week is the 30th annual Volunteers’ Week, a chance to thank all of the volunteers who work so hard to help their local communities.

Volunteering is a great way to gain new skills, build your confidence, make friends, and “give something back”.  Read our blog post on volunteering here.  There are a huge range of opportunities to volunteer, and it can be very fulfilling, so why not give it a go.  Check out www.do-it.org.uk to search for opportunities near you, or visit your local community centre to see if you can help out.

Volunteering in Health is a Teignbridge charity who are always looking for volunteers, and their range of opportunities are available for as little as one hour a week – driving, befriending, admin, helping out at fundraising events.  Find out more here or call 01626 774484.

Work Experience – FAQs

13 Apr

What are the benefits of doing a work placement?

Work placements are a great way to develop your skills, build confidence and gain valuable experience. They’re also a brilliant opportunity to try out different kinds of work and figure out the sort of career you might like to pursue.

Even though you aren’t getting paid, always remember that volunteering could potentially lead to a job. If you work hard, show enthusiasm and get to know people, you’ll be in a strong position if a paid opportunity comes up.


Will it cost me money?

Not necessarily. Many businesses will pay for your expenses such as food, travel and equipment.


What skills do I need?

Some placements may require particular skills but most of the time you just need to be enthusiastic about the organisation and willing to work hard. Most businesses will provide training at the beginning of your placement to help familiarise you with the organisation.


How do I find a work placement?

Many organisations will list work placements on their websites and there are also several websites which specifically advertise volunteer opportunities.

Remember that some businesses receive a lot of emails asking to do work placements so you’re more likely to be successful if you contact them over the phone or go in and see somebody in person.

http://www.do-it.org.uk/search/vc/3695
https://exetercvs.org.uk/volunteer
http://www.studentladder.co.uk/Work-Experience/work-experience.html
http://www.work-experience.org/
http://www.gothinkbig.co.uk/opportunities

If there’s a business you’d love to work for then it might be worth getting in touch with them and offering to work for free.


What if I don’t like the placement or something else comes up?

Remember that you aren’t getting paid so you can leave a placement whenever you like. However, it’s always a good idea to talk things through your supervisor first and give them a fair amount of notice so they can prepare for your departure.

Hair and Beauty

9 Apr

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Our beauty courses offer a convenient blend of studying from home and class based learning, to give you the best of both worlds. Study the theory at home using digital course books and e-tutorials and then complete on-line work books to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the topics. Then attend a practical assessment day at one of our friendly centres to hone your skills.

No experience is required, and you can study for pleasure or take your first step in a career in beauty. You could also team one of these up with our Start Your Own Business course and you’ll be up and running in no time!


Upcoming courses:

Nail Art Application

Nail art provides a range of business and employment opportunities, from setting up a mobile service, to working in one of the popular nail bars springing up across our high streets.

Our next Nail Art course starts on the 21st of April with a one day practical skills session on the 8th of May.


Basic Make-up

Whether you are considering a career in the beauty industry or just want to pick up some tips for your own beauty regime, this Level 1 course will help you develop a range of techniques and help you to perfect your make-up application skills for special occasions.

Our next Basic Make-up course starts on the 28th of April with a one day practical skills session on the 15th of May.


Spray Tanning

Are you looking for a quick and easy business to set up which requires limited training and low start up costs? Well this course could be just what you need to be up and running in weeks.

Our next Spray Tanning course starts on the 2nd of June with a one day practical skills session on the 26th of June.


Themed Face Painting 

Creating bright and colourful face painted creations is always a highlight at events and parties for children, but increasingly popular with adults too.  With hundreds of themes to choose from, Face Painting makes an ideal activity at any fun event to keep guests or visitors entertained.

Our next Themed Face Painting course starts on the 5th of May with a one day practical skills session on the 20th of May.


For more information about any of our courses please email info@opsw.co.uk or call 0800 243 2440.

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Jessica Scullion

Jessica is our Senior Beauty Tutor and Assessor with nearly 10 years’ experience in the industry. She has worked in a variety of settings, including hotels, college, freelance and cruise ships, which has led her to pursue a career in teaching to share her knowledge with others. She enjoys updating her skills within beauty therapy, with its fast growing treatments and products and would recommend anyone to dive into an industry that offers a million opportunities!

 

Level 1 Award in Nail Art Application

27 Mar

Nail Art

Do you want to learn a new skill? Develop an interest? Build your confidence? Our level one accredited nail art application course is perfect!

The course includes a blended learning mix of online workbooks, tutor support and 1 day practical in our Newton Abbot beauty room.

The course covers:

  • Preparation of the nail
  • Nail rhinestones/gems
  • Nail glitter/dust
  • Freehand nail painting/paint effects – marbling
  • Striping tape/dotting tools/nail brushes
  • Anatomy & physiology
  • Health & safety
  • Consultation techniques
  • Contra-indication & contra-actions
  • Aftercare advice

SPECIAL OFFER: 

The price of this course has been reduced from £120 to £60. This includes all materials on the day and your level one accreditation certificate.

The practical day for this course is on the 8th of May and the course begins with online workbooks on the 21st of April.

To book a place or for more information please email rebecca@opsw.co.uk or call 0800 042 2440.