Boost your skills during lock-down through a range of FREE courses.

Leeds Trinity University and West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges are currently offering online courses during lock down, perfect for those who have been furloughed or are looking for a new project whilst at home. There are also courses now available from September which will be held in the classroom. You will receive one to one support from local tutors and industry professionals. Flexible to your needs, courses are delivered in the evenings or at weekends in most cases.

You are eligible to join a course if you are over the age of 18, employed, furloughed, at risk of, or facing redundancy and live in Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield or York.

Please note:  Individuals may undertake multiple courses however only one course can be fully funded (free).  Any subsequent courses will be charged at full cost.

To support those who have been made redundant due to the COVID-19 crisis, [re]boot courses are now available. Places for the unemployed may be limited however and proof of redundancy will be required.

Find a course below to help give you the skills and confidence to change career or apply for a promotion.

TV Production

The following course will help you gain skills needed for local jobs in TV Production.

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Course provider: Leeds Trinity University
Start date: Coming January 2021
Course length: 6 weeks – part time on Monday and Thursday evenings, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Progression routes: This course can help you become a Production Secretary, Junior Production Co-Ordinator, Production Co-ordinator or Production Manager.
Course description: This course is designed for anyone and everyone – from a beginner with no TV experience at all to those wishing to re-enter the industry. It is an introduction or refresher to the important role of TV Production Manager – ideal for anyone with a flair for organisation, an eye for detail and a desire to work as part of a creative team. Taught entirely by TV professionals, this course will outline all key aspects of the role you’ll perform to make sure a TV Production runs smoothly and successfully – from arranging transport and accommodation to keeping filming crews safe on location.

The course will consist of online workshops, exercises and Q&As with industry professionals.

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Construction

The following courses will help you gain skills needed for local jobs in the construction sector.

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Course provider: Leeds College of Building
Industry: Construction
Dates: W/C 22 February 2021
Level: 4
Duration: 16 weeks
Venue: Outdoor activities and classroom theory sessions at Leeds College of Building
Course description: The course is aimed at employed or career changing individuals with an interest in surveying or requirement to carry out surveying roles.

It will introduce the practice and theory of surveying and its application in the workplace. The course typically models the workflow required to produce control of position, existing topographic information, data modelling and subsequent setting out functions required for the life cycle of development.

Aspects of the subjects also cover surveying principles with a focus on causes of error, mitigation techniques and standards of practice. There is also a significant time allocated to the calculation of 3 dimensional coordinates from field measurements. Part of the workflow requires the use of AutoCad Civil 3D which will focus on 3D modelling of ground height.

Acquiring this qualification will give career opportunities in land, civil surveying, rail building and mining sectors where there is a high demand for recruitment. Possible further education includes Geospatial Techniques, Utility Surveying and Graphical Information Systems (GIS).

Impact for employees

  • To gain knowledge and ability in surveying methods
  • Be able to fulfil surveying roles on site with added confidence
  • Know how to use standard functions found on modern surveying instruments
  • Introduction to AutoCad functionality
  • Be able to make better informed decisions about surveying requirements on site
  • To gain report writing skills. This includes tools such as Word and Harvard referencing skills
  • To develop communication, group working and researching skills

Impact for employers

  • Increase the skills and knowledge amongst employees resulting in time and efficiency savings
  • Potential to improve accuracy on site
  • Better informed people

How will I learn?

This is a 16 week course with group and individual work on practical and theory culminating in three assignments containing written work, a portfolio of fieldwork and calculations.

  • Demonstration and practice in surveying methods outdoors and theory sessions delivered in the classroom
  • Training in the use of instruments in the classroom and during practical exercises
  • Teaching and practice of calculations delivered in the classroom – calculations are based on the field work collected
  • 3D modelling of data using AutoCad delivered in Cad suites in the college
  • The course is ideally delivered at college where access to instruments and Cad can be easily managed, although additional sessions can be delivered online individually or to groups to further compliment the classroom work
  • Contribution to group practical work is compulsory

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Course provider: Leeds College of Building
Industry: Construction
Dates: Starts W/C 1 February 2021
Level: 4
Duration: 16 weeks
Venue: Online or classroom
Course description: This part-time course is targeted at employed industry professionals and those looking to progress into professional roles within the Built Environment sector.

The main aim is to introduce the learners to the concepts and principles of information management throughout the lifecycle of built assets. This will assist in developing a detailed understanding of the processes and key documentation. It will explore Building Information Modelling (BIM) within the context of national and global developments. This will include the development of BIM and contents of current 19650 BIM standards. The learners will also be introduced to the uses of various software applications, terminology and key documentation for a BIM enabled project.

This course will imbed understanding of specifying information requirements, information delivery, information security and management / storage in accordance with industry standards.

Knowledge gained through this course will assist in a wide range of pathways and roles within the industry. This includes project management, BIM co-ordination, architecture and site management.

This is a non-practical, all theory based unit.

Impact for employees

  • To gain knowledge in current international BIM standards used in industry
  • To gain understanding of BIM terminology and processes to assist in effective information management throughout the life cycle of assets
  • To gain awareness of industry used software applications
  • To gain report writing skills. This includes tools such as Word and Harvard referencing skills.
  • To develop communication, group working and researching skills.

Impact for employers

  • To develop understanding of BIM within the workforce to promote a consistent approach to information management.
  • To develop understanding for successful BIM implementation within the built environment.
  • To encourage the use of digital ways of working to increase efficiency and reduce waste.

How will I learn?

This course can be delivered both in the classroom or online. It will consist of lecture-based delivery with group work, interactive learning tasks and individual study sessions. If delivered in the classroom it will be based at Leeds College of Building.

The in-class teaching would be dependent on COVID-19 control measures. Learners will participate in lecturers, group work (where appropriate), individual reading exercises and report writing.

Knowledge gained through this unit will assist in a wide range of pathways and roles within the industry. This includes project management, BIM co-ordination, architecture and site management.

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If you are interested in this course, please complete the contact form. It will take around 2 minutes to complete. An adviser from the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges will be in touch soon to discuss your application.

Digital

The following courses will help you gain skills needed for local jobs in the digital sector.

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Course provider: Leeds Trinity University
Industry: Digital
Dates: The course will run through the lockdown period. Session times are outlined below. Each morning online session is 2 hours long with the additional 1 hour 30-minute afternoon sessions in the third week to cover JavaScript.

The course will cover the basics of front-End Web Development from understanding the basics of the internet, the world wide web to HTML, CSS, JavaScript and development tools including Git, GitHub and Visual Studio Code. The course will start on Tuesday 10 November 2020.

Course sessions: 18 x 2 hour online workshops. Additional learning exercises and tasks will be set to complete in participants own time.

Course description: This course is designed for anyone who has an interest in coding or would like to expand their skill set into web based coding. This could be upskilling for career progression, getting their foot in the door for a front-end web developer, coding or web career, or this can simply be learning a new skill for a hobby.

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Course provider: Leeds Trinity University
Industry: Digital
Dates: This course can be completed across 8 or 4 weeks depending on what works best for you. The full time course will be held across morning sessions for 4 weeks from 28th September – 23rd October 2020 and the part time course will be held through evening sessions across 8 weeks 6th October – 4th December 2020.
Course sessions: 16 x 2 hour online workshops. Additional learning exercises and tasks swill be set to complete in participants own time.
Course description: This is the introductory course to the Digital Bootcamp, Participants will be invited to the subsequent bootcamp upon completion of the introductory course. On completion of the introduction to Web Development, Participants will be invited to join the successive component course; HTML and CSS, Programming with JavaScript, Source Control and Development.
It is designed for anyone who has an interest in coding, or would like to expand their skill set into web based coding. This could be upskilling for career progression, getting their foot in the door for a coding or web career, or this can simply be learning a new skill for a hobby.

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Course provider: Leeds City College
Industry: Digital
Dates: January 2021
Course duration: 14 weeks
Level: 3
Venue: Online (remote teaching, learn at home)
Course description: This course offers a hands-on, career-oriented learning experience to help individuals develop fundamental computer skills and prepare them for entry into ICT careers.

The Cisco IT Essentials course could be an exciting first step that leads to a new career within the digital sector, or enables you to further develop your career in this industry.

This course has an emphasis on practical activities to help individuals develop fundamental skills around computer hardware, mobile device hardware, software, and concepts of networking and security.

The course will enable individuals to learn to: install, configure, and troubleshoot computers and mobile devices; identify common security threats like phishing and spoofing; and develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills using real equipment.

Upon completion individuals may be able to progress within their current role or gain entry into digital marketplace as an ICT professional.

How will I study?

You will learn through various methods adapted to need. These will include tutor-led sessions, group support and online material provided with hands on practical activities

Please note: You will need to have a computer capable of running Virtualbox and have at least 50Gb of disc space with minimum of 4Gb of memory but more preferable 8Gb or 16GB .

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Course provider: Shipley College
Industry: Digital
Dates: Rolling registration, start anytime
Level: 2
Duration: Three weeks
Venue: Online (remote teaching, learn at home)
Course description: This course provides learners with knowledge of common threats to ICT systems and data and ways to protect ICT systems from these threats. You will also understand how to protect data within an organisation.

Following this course, you may like to consider working in roles where you need to have the knowledge and skills to understand the basic cyber security threats that exist in organisations. This could lead to career options in IT networking and Data security.

How will I study?

Through an online workbook with access to online tutor led sessions.

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Course provider: Calderdale College
Industry: Digital
Dates: Rolling registration, start anytime
Level: 3 (unit)
Duration: One month
Venue: Online (remote teaching, learn at home)
Course description: In these uncertain times, remote working has become vital to enable businesses to continue to function and communicate effectively.

This online course will introduce participants to a broad range of remote working, skills tips and techniques, with an additional focus on personal wellbeing and work/life balance enabling them to develop working practices to increase their efficiency and maximise return on time invested for themselves and their employer.

Impact for employees

Employees will:

  • Gain the digital skills and knowledge required to reduce the constraints faced with remote digital working
  • Develop an understanding of how to effectively manage work/life balance when working remotely
  • Achieve unit accreditation from ILM in working remotely, demonstrating a range of the key digital skills that are in high demand in today’s labour market

Impact for employers:

  • Increased efficiency of individuals and teams that are working remotely
  • Supporting employee wellbeing and motivation, when operating remotely
  • Development of a workforce that harnesses the endless opportunities of digital remote working

Assessment Task:

Participants will be required to provide an outline of the advantages and disadvantages for both businesses and remote workers of operating remotely. They will extend this with an explanation of how a range of constraints on operating remotely impact on both the enterprise and the remote worker. Participants will then describe the principal features of how to maximise a range of opportunities for businesses by working remotely.

In addition to course content, ‘wrap around’ content will be provided focusing on Mailchimp. This will enable remote workers to bring their audience data, marketing channels, and insights together so they can reach their goals more effectively. With Mailchimp, remote workers can promote their business across email, social, landing pages, postcards, and more.

Following this course you may be more likely to progress into roles where you are largely working independently (freelance roles, for example), roles that require the knowledge and skills to use and manage digital information, roles requiring an understanding of digital marketing.

How will you study?

You will need to commit to three hours study and eight hours for assessment completion and submission (total 11 hours).

All participants will have access to a named tutor, online forums and there will be regular reviews throughout the course.

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Course provider: Shipley College
Industry: Digital
Dates: Rolling registration, start anytime
Level: 2 (unit)
Duration: Three months
Venue: Online (remote teaching, learn at home)
Course description: Learn how to communicate and collaborate online using a range of technology.

On completion of this course you may progress to roles where you need to have the knowledge and skills to use and manage digital information, keep yourself and others safe when using digital devices and communicate and collaborate online.

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Course provider: Shipley College
Industry: Digital
Dates: Rolling registration, start anytime
Level: 2 (unit)
Duration: Two months
Venue: Online (remote teaching, learn at home)
Course description: This course covers how to search for and select appropriate information to meet personal and organisational needs. Learners will understand how to evaluate the information they find, understand copyright, and be able to store information in line with organisational procedures.

Once you have completed this course you maybe employable in roles where you need to have the knowledge and skills to use and manage digital information, keep yourself and others safe when using digital devices and communicate and collaborate online.

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Course provider: Shipley College
Industry: Digital
Dates: Rolling registration, start anytime
Level: 2 (unit)
Duration: Two months
Venue: Online (remote teaching, learn at home)
Course description: This course will cover how to manage and promote your digital reputation and online identity. You will be able to use social media and the internet to search and prepare applications for voluntary and paid employment and use technology to facilitate personal and professional learning and career progression.

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Course provider: Shipley College
Industry: Digital
Dates: Rolling registration, start anytime
Level: 2 (unit)
Duration: Three months
Venue: Online (remote teaching, learn at home)
Course description: This course aims to provide learners with an understanding of the role of digital marketing and integral elements such as search engine optimisation (SEO), internet market research, digital marketing devices and technology.

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Course provider: Shipley College
Industry: Digital
Dates: Rolling registration, start anytime
Level: 2 (unit)
Duration: Two months
Venue: Online (remote teaching, learn at home)
Course description: The aim of this short course is to develop the knowledge and understanding to publish, integrate and share using social media. You will be able to identify the main networks and their features used in social media and why they would use them. You will also be able to identify the benefits and risks of networking on social media for an organisation.

This course may encourage progression to roles where you need to have the knowledge and skills to publish, integrate and share using social media.

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Course provider: Leeds City College
Industry: Digital
Dates: January 2021
Level: 2 (unit)
Duration: 8 weeks
Venue: Online (remote teaching, learn at home)
Course description:

The course prepares students to gain a Level 2 qualification Presentation Software.

 

You will learn how to:

 Input and combine text and other information within presentation slides.

  • identify what types of information are required for the presentation.
  • enter text and other information using layouts appropriate to type of information.
  • insert charts and tables into presentation slides.
  • insert images and video or sound to enhance the presentation.
  • identify any constraints which may affect the presentation.
  • organise and combine information of different forms or from different sources for presentations.
  • store and retrieve presentation files effectively.

Use presentation software tools to structure, edit and format slide sequences.

  • identify what slide structure and themes to use.
  • select, change and use appropriate templates for slides.
  • select and use appropriate techniques to edit slides and presentations to meet needs.
  • select and use appropriate techniques to format slides and presentations.
  • identify what presentation effects to use to enhance the presentation.
  • select and use animation and transition effects appropriately to enhance slide sequences.

Prepare slideshow for presentation

  • describe how to present slides to meet needs and communicate effectively.
  • prepare slideshow for presentation.
  • check presentation meets needs, using IT tools and making corrections as necessary.
  • identify and respond to any quality problems with presentations to ensure that presentations meet needs.

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Essential Spreadsheet Skills (Level 2)

Course provider: Leeds City College

Start date: January 2021

Course length: 8 weeks

Progression routes: The course prepares students to gain a Level 2 qualification Spreadsheet Software.

Course description: This course is aimed at people who have some previous experience of using Microsoft Excel.

You will learn how to:

  • Use a spreadsheet to enter, edit and organise numerical and other data.
  • Select and use appropriate formulas and data analysis tools to meet requirements.
  • Select and use tools and techniques to present and format spreadsheet information.

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Course provider: Shipley College

Industry: Digital

Dates: Tuesday 17 November, 1 December and 8 December (remote)

Level: 3 (unit)

Venue: Online and face to face at Shipley College

This qualification is ideal if you are have management responsibilities but no formal training, and are serious about developing your abilities. It’s particularly suited to practising team leaders seeking to move up to the next level of management, and managers who need to lead people through organisational change, budget cuts or other pressures.

Results for you

  • Gain a range of key management skills
  • Put new skills into practice in your own role
  • Build your leadership capabilities
  • Motivate and engage teams, manage relationships confidently
  • Develop your leadership skills using your own knowledge, values and motivations.

The aim of this short course is to enable participants to understand the basics of the management of people of an organisation who are working remotely.

Upon completion of the course you will be able to utilise digital platforms to maximum effect, advancing your skills and those of your team to maintain and even improve production.

Successful learners may also like to progress to a range of qualifications including:

ILM Level 3 Certificate in Coaching and/or Mentoring

ILM Level 3 Certificate or Diploma in Facilities Management

ILM Level 3 Certificate in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

ILM Level 4 Award, Certificate or Diploma in Leadership and Management.

How will I study?

The course will take a blended learning approach.

Day 1 – ILM 8060 – 338 Understanding how to manage remote workers

Day 2 – ILM 8600-328 – Understand how to lead effective meetings

Day 3 (Remote) pulling together days 1 and 2 using digital resources e.g. Zoom, Google Suite. How to set up an online meeting using Google forms to gather data

Plus one 1:1 tutorial (Remote)

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Engineering

The following courses will help you gain skills needed for local jobs in the engineering sector.

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Course provider: Leeds City College
Industry: Engineering and Motor Vehicle
Dates: Thursday 12th November
Level: 1
Duration: One day
Venue: Leeds City College Printworks Campus
Course Description: This course will provide an introduction to the electric/hybrid vehicle industry sector, enabling individuals to work safely within their role, or future employment in relation to this growing industry sector. The course is suitable for individuals who have a keen interest in gaining the knowledge to work safely in the automotive industry recognising the increase in electric/hybrid vehicles.

Courses will run multiple times each month from October 2020. Please enquire for dates.

Training will include:

  • Types of electric/hybrid vehicles.
  • Hazards associated with motor vehicle high energy electrical systems.
  • Working safely around electric/hybrid vehicles including charging.

This course could lead to roles within Vehicle Maintenance / Engineering or further study at higher levels.

How will I learn?

You will learn through group-based delivery of practical and theory based skills. Safety measures will be in place based on government guidance at the time of the course.

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Course provider: Leeds City College
Industry: Engineering and Motor Vehicle
Dates: Several dates per month, 9am – 4.30pm
Level: 2
Duration: Two days
Venue: Leeds City College Printworks Campus
Course description: This short course will provide individuals with the knowledge and skills required to work safely on Electric/Hybrid vehicles whilst carrying out routine maintenance and repair activities (not voltage components or systems). This may include vehicles that may have or had damage to their high energy/electrical system. Specifically the course covers:

  • electric/hybrid vehicle system components and operation
  • hazards surrounding electric/hybrid vehicles
  • how to reduce the risks to yourself and others when working on electric/hybrid vehicles
  • safely preparing the vehicle when carrying routine maintenance (NOT high voltage components or systems)

This course is suitable for: Individuals who have an interest in gaining knowledge in routine maintenance of hybrid/electrical vehicles, recognising the increase in electric/hybrid vehicles. Individuals should already have appropriate vehicle maintenance and repair knowledge and skills.

Courses will run multiple times each month from October 2020. Please enquire for dates.

How will I learn?

You will learn through group based delivery of practical and theory based skills. Safety measures will be in place based on government guidance at the time of the course.

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Course provider: Leeds City College
Industry: Engineering and Motor Vehicle
Dates: Several dates per month
Level: 3
Duration: Two days
Venue: Leeds City College Printworks Campus
Course description: This short course will provide individuals with the knowledge and skills required to work safely on Electric/Hybrid vehicles whilst carrying out diagnostic, testing and repair activities.

This may include vehicles that may have or had damage to their high energy/electrical system, and includes carrying out repairs on high energy electrical systems, and recording information and making suitable recommendations.

As a result, individuals successfully completing this course will acquire significant core knowledge and skills and the ability to remove and replace Electric/Hybrid vehicle high voltage components.

This course is suitable for individuals who may encounter electric/hybrid vehicles within a routine maintenance situation or individuals who are interested in developing their skills within this area.

Courses will run multiple times each month from October 2020. Please enquire for dates.

How will I learn?

You will learn through group based delivery of practical and theory based skills. Safety measures will be in place based on government guidance at the time of the course.

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The below courses have been postponed until further notice. If you are interested in any of the below courses please still get in touch so that we can update you as soon as the courses are available.

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