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FREE ONLINE COURSES

Our FREE online courses give you the perfect opportunity to grow and add to your skill set during the coronavirus outbreak. Available for everyone aged from 19 - 99+, the subjects are designed to give you access to bite-sized information that can be used as a perfect stepping stone in both your personal and professional life.

We understand that the current circumstances pose many challenges, but our online courses can ensure that you are using your time in the most productive and beneficial way while self-isolating. Here's the perfect opportunity to stimulate your mind and push your boundaries without even leaving your home.

The knowledge and skills that you will attain have real potential to open doors for you in your career. You will receive a virtual certificate on completion of your course, which you will be able to download immediately. Your newfound abilities could make you stand out more in your current role or even propel you into an entirely new job. There really are no limits to what can be achieved!

The online courses vary in subject and length, meaning that you can choose the one that best suits your individual circumstances. You do not need any previous qualifications to undertake a course and they are suitable for all abilities. Your chosen course can be undertaken at any time – giving you the chance to #KeepConnected.

Explore our online courses below and register your interest by emailing vle@hopwood.ac.uk stating which FREE course you would like to study.

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online courseS to help you take the next step in your career

SAFEGUARDING AND LEADERSHIP

Safeguarding is key to the delivery of all services, learn how to apply the robust model of assurance and ensure multi-agency safeguarding in your workplace.

PErfect for… anyone working in safeguarding but particularly managers, senior managers and advanced practitioners.

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx)

HOW TO MANAGE CHANGE

    Especially during these challenging times, it is important that change is implemented smoothly. This course will help you manage transitions and help staff adapt whilst focusing on key objectives.

    PERFECT FOR… those who manage change in the workplace.

    DURATION: 1 hour (approx)

MANAGING CHALLENGING CONVERSATIONS

Understand how to approach difficult conversations and the steps and principles involved in addressing them.

PERFECT FOR… business leaders and professionals

DURATION: 30 minutes (approx)

ONLINE SAFETY, CYBER SECURITY AND E-SAFETY

Learn how to identify adults and children at risk, what forms online abuse takes and how to recognise them.

PERFECT FOR… teachers, governors, support staff, volunteers, librarians, health and social care staff, and care workers.

DURATION: 4 - 5 hours (approx)

MANAGING REMOTE TEAMS

Teaching you practical leadership styles, this course will show you how to identify the skills required to develop an effective team and how technology can be used to overcome the challenges of managing remote teams.

PERFECT FOR… team leaders and professionals.

DURATION: 30 minutes (approx)

SUPPORTING YOUR STAFF THROUGH MENTAL HEALTH

Learn the main factors affecting mental health and well-being at work and how you can support your employees.

PERFECT FOR… business owners and managers.

DURATION: 1 hour (approx)

INTRODUCTION TO LEADERSHIP

Gain an increased understanding of the role of coaching in the workplace to empower employees and how teams develop with leadership.

PERFECT FOR… team leaders and professionals seeking to develop their leadership abilities.

DURATION: 1 hour (approx)

DEVELOPING A PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN

Create a personal development plan, focusing on your skills in goal planning and how to outline your goals using the SMART approach.

PERFECT FOR… team leaders.

DURATION: 30 minutes (approx)

MS PACKAGE - SET OF FOUR INTERACTIVE COURSE

Designed to give you advanced knowledge of the Microsoft Office platforms Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook, this course provides you with hands-on practice using the software to develop the skills that you need.

PERFECT FOR… anyone who uses Microsoft Office, whether that is in study, at home or at work. These courses are tailored to advanced level learners, who are looking to expand their knowledge even further and improve their abilities.

DURATION: 1 hour for each course (approx)

MS EXCEL - SET OF THREE INTERACTIVE COURSES

Learn how to confidently use Microsoft Excel 2016 whether you are a beginner or have some existing knowledge to build upon.

PERFECT FOR… anyone who uses Microsoft Office, ranging from beginners to those who want to refresh their knowledge.

DURATION: 30 minutes for each course (approx)

MS OUTLOOK - SET OF THREE INTERACTIVE COURSES

Learn all the skills you need to use Microsoft Outlook 2016 effectively, including how to manage your emails, contacts, appointments, tasks and more.

PERFECT FOR… office computer users, ranging from beginners to those who want to refresh their knowledge.

DURATION: 1 hour for each course (approx)

MS Powerpoint - SET OF THREE INTERACTIVE COURSES

Learn how to confidently use Microsoft Excel 2016 whether you are a beginner or have some existing knowledge to build upon.

PERFECT FOR… anyone who uses Microsoft Office, ranging from beginners to those who want to refresh their knowledge.

DURATION: 30 minutes for each course (approx)

MS WORD - SET OF THREE INTERACTIVE COURSES

Learn the capabilities of Microsoft Word - one of the most popular document creation and formatting software applications - and develop the skills you need to be proficient.

PERFECT FOR… anyone who uses Microsoft Office, ranging from beginners to those who want to refresh their knowledge.

DURATION: 1 hour for each course (approx)

DIGITAL MARKETING TRAINING

Learn how to create your own digital marketing plan, track its progress and analyse the results as well as setup and evaluate marketing analytics,

PERFECT FOR… those with little or no experience who wish to develop their knowledge of digital marketing technique.

DURATION: 2 - 3 hours (approx)

SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING TRAINING

Learn the basics of the most popular social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, and understand how social media can boost your business’s online presence, reach and communication with your customer base.

PERFECT FOR… those with little or no prior experience as well as those wishing to upskill or develop their social media techniques.

DURATION: 1 hour 30 minutes (approx)

INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL

As a healthcare worker, learn to better understand the part you play in infection prevention and control in order to safeguard patients.

PERFECT FOR… anyone involved in assessing, treating, recording or reporting on infections contracted in a healthcare environment.

DURATION: 2 hours (approx)

MOVING AND ASSISTING PEOPLE AND MOVING AND HANDLING OBJECTS IN HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE

Learn how to safely move and assistant people, handle objects and the legislation behind this.

PERFECT FOR… anyone working in a Health and Social Care environment

DURATION: 1 hour (approx)

MANAGING STRESS IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE

Learn how to identify stress, what might cause stress and ways of managing your own stress.

PERFECT FOR… anyone working in a Health and Social Care environment.

DURATION: 1 hour (approx)

CUSTOMER CARE

Learn how to get the edge above competing establishments by finding out the causes of poor customer care, good customer care skills and how to handle complaints.

PERFECT FOR… owners and managers of small and large businesses.

DURATION: 2 - 3 hours (approx)

CREATIVE THINKING

Learn to understand the importance of creative thinking in business, including how to explain the concepts, innovation and the processes required to encourage them.

PERFECT FOR… business leaders and professionals.

DURATION: 20 - 30 minutes (approx)

COMMERCIAL ACUMEN AND AWARENESS

Learn how to explain the difference between commercial acumen and awareness, relating to different business situations and scenarios with frameworks.

PERFECT FOR… business leaders and professionals.

DURATION: 30 minutes (approx)

CREATIVE THINKING

Learn to understand the importance of creative thinking in business, including how to explain the concepts, innovation and the processes required to encourage them.

PERFECT FOR… business leaders and professionals.

DURATION: 20 - 30 minutes (approx)

COMMERCIAL ACUMEN AND AWARENESS

Learn how to explain the difference between commercial acumen and awareness, relating to different business situations and scenarios with frameworks.

PERFECT FOR… business leaders and professionals.

DURATION: 30 minutes (approx)

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS

Learn how mental health affects different aspects of your life and how to improve your well-being in those areas.

PERFECT FOR… anyone who wishes to learn more about improving their mental health and well-being.

DURATION: 1 hour (approx)

FOOD DELIVERY

Learn practical tips on how to overcome the challenges of setting up a home delivery service, how to prioritise tasks and understand the UK food hygiene regulations.

PERFECT FOR… workers, owners or managers of restaurants, bakeries, food shops or farm shops

DURATION: 30 minutes (approx)

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ONLINE COURSES FOR THE WHOLE COMMUNITY

FOOD ALLERGY AWARENESS AND L2 FOOD HYGIENE TRAINING PACKAGE

Boost your knowledge of food law as well as improving your understanding of foodborne illnesses, hazards and contamination.

PERFECT FOR… anyone who is involved in the handling or preparation of food.

DURATION: 3 - 4 hours (approx)

ONLINE SAFETY, CYBER SECURITY AND E-SAFETY

Learn how to identify adults and children at risk, what forms online abuse takes and how to recognise them.

PERFECT FOR… teachers, governors, support staff, volunteers, librarians, health and social care staff, and care workers.

DURATION: 4 - 5 hours (approx)

INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL

As a healthcare worker, learn to better understand the part you play in infection prevention and control in order to safeguard patients.

PERFECT FOR… anyone involved in assessing, treating, recording or reporting on infections contracted in a healthcare environment.

DURATION: 2 hours (approx)

GET MOVING, GET HEALTHY

Learn the health benefits of physical activity, how much you should be doing and the importance of diet and how you can incorporate exercise into your lifestyle.

PERFECT FOR... anyone who would like to learn more about physical exercise and its health benefits.

DURATION: 2 hours (approx)

UNDERSTANDING AUTISM

Learn basic awareness of the autism spectrum and help to dispel stigmas with the condition.

PERFECT FOR… anyone who comes into contact with children and who may encounter someone on the autism spectrum.

DURATION: 1 - 2 hours (approx)

UNDERSTANDING YOUNG MINDS

Learn about talking to your children about emotional resilience, the subject of teenage self-harm, and parental ways to support your children.

PERFECT FOR… parents who are seeking knowledge about potential self-harm and how to talk to your children about this.

DURATION: 30 - 45 minutes (approx)

SELF-ASSESSMENT AND ACTION PLANNING

Learn more about how to analyse your own skills, create an action plan and be more efficient when applying and interviewing for jobs.

PERFECT FOR… anyone who would like the develop their skills and knowledge of self-assessment and action planning

DURATION: 1 hour 30 minutes

COMPLETING APPLICATION

Learn the different types of application forms; the types of information requested in a job application form; the importance of reading and following instructions on a job application form, and how to check for accuracy.

PERFECT FOR... anyone who wants to improve their job application skills.

DURATION: 1 hour (approx)

PROMOTING EMOTIONAL AND SPIRITUAL WELL-BEING

Learn the importance of promoting emotional and spiritual well-being by understanding the definitions of identity, self-esteem, self-image and well-being.

PERFECT FOR... anyone working in a Health and Social Care environment.

DURATION: 1 hour (approx)

POSITIVE ATTITUDES AND BEHAVIOURS

Learn the importance of positive attitudes and behaviours, how they can lead to productive thinking and the effects on your work and building relationships in a team.

PERFECT FOR… anyone who would like to learn more about how they can analyse their own skills.

DURATION: 2 hours (approx)

PRE-TENANCY TRAINING FOR NEW TENANTS

Learn how to find accommodation, manage finances, debt and budgeting, tenancy agreements and setting up utilities.

PERFECT FOR… first time tenants

DURATION: 1 hour (approx)

Explore our online courses and register your interest by emailing vle@hopwood.ac.uk stating which FREE course you would like to study.