Startup School for Seniors is a free eight week eLearning course for people over 50, starting 14th January, who are looking to start their own business.

This course is for you if:

  • You have a passion or idea you’d like to turn into a business
  • Have been made redundant or are currently unemployed and considering your next step
  • You want to gain the skills necessary to get a new business off the ground
  • You would benefit from the support of others

Run by social enterprise, Advantages of Age, the course is delivered online by entrepreneur Suzanne Noble and business coach Mark Elliott who create a fun, interactive, learning experience and support you to progress week by week. Fully funded, the course is free for residents of Hammersmith & Fulham, unemployed or economically inactive.

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Have you tried SOLID, the Sobus online training and development facility? Take a look at the selection of online training material on our website under Training and Research – 

I have recently been asked a lot about Project Management. Within SOLID, you can access a session on project management, looking at devising a project brief, setting objectives and managing the process through to its defined end and “Closure.” The whole package enables you to understand why project management is important and how it differs from the day to day management that we might be familiar with. It leads you to explore issues such as setting measurable objectives, managing risk, checking on progress and using tools such as Gantt charts. It makes you consider three core elements to managing; Time, Budget and Quality, all being at the heart of everything you do. Take a look…..

‘Scale Accelerator: Leaders of Scale’ is a 6-month intensive training programme equipping UK charity and social enterprise leaders with the skills, knowledge, and capacity to lead their organisation’s journey to scale and make a positive impact on even more lives. By taking part, participants gain a clear, actionable plan for scaling sustainably, frameworks and tools to build the capacity of their wider team, and the confidence to lead change within their organisation. This is the last chance to access subsidised and highly subsidised places supported by The National Lottery Community Fund. If you want vital training and support to get your social innovation to more people, don’t miss out. Applications open on 2 November 2021, with the deadline on 17 January 2022. 

Do you or your team have a training requirement?
Would you like to up-skill yourself or your team at no cost?

Thanks to government funding, we can provide you or your team with free nationally accredited distance learning courses. These courses are great for personal development, confidence and are a great way to improve their CPD in the comfort of their own home or workplace.

The courses we offer take around 30 hours in total to complete and you will be awarded a nationally recognised certificate from TQUK, CACHE or NCFE at the end of the course. They will also have online or over the phone tutor support throughout their learning journey.

During November and December, we are also offering face to face group enrolments in your chosen venue. If you struggle to get groups together then we can simply issue each person with a link to complete the enrolment process in the comfort of their own home or workplace.

Our top 10 courses this month are:
1. Mental Health First Aid
2. Warehousing and Storage
3. Business and Administration
4. Team Leading
5. Retail Operations
6. Cleaning Knowledge and Skills
7. Safe Handling of Medication
8. Self-Harm and Suicide Awareness
9. I.T User Skills
10. Event Planning

To be eligible, learners just need to be:
• Over 19 as of the 31st of August2021
• Living in Scotland or England
• Not on an Apprenticeship

We need to fill 750 places by the end of December 2021 and do have availability to come and do an enrolment day in November.

If this is of interest or you would like further information, then please call a member of our team on 01226 958 888. Or you can register your interest by clicking here.

We have access to a range of Level 2 fully funded courses that offer huge advantages to your organisation – they are cost-effective, help you support talented employees who want to learn and progress, and they are an effective way to support your skills requirements.

We want to support you in focusing on the retraining or up-skilling of your staff, which will provide them with motivation, job satisfaction and bring new skills to your organisation.

The free courses can be delivered online and therefore do not require staff to be off-site whilst studying them. They are fully accredited by NCFE and successful completers will be awarded a formal qualification. There is a range of courses to choose from including mental health, business admin, data protection, a variety of digital workshops, and a host of health and social care courses to name a few.

View our full list of free courses and download our free guide here

Over the course of several years, diagnoses of autism have been on the increase in the UK.

Based on the number of referrals in the system, there are around 100,000 children and 1,000,000 adults in the UK with autism.

Our free online course will develop your understanding of the diverse condition of autism and gives practical suggestions when working with autistic individuals. 

The aim of the free course is to provide a better awareness of the term ‘autism’ and autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) and how to support individuals with autism.

Qualification: Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism

Browse our library of free courses here

Do you know how many of your remote workers used work devices to connect to unsecured public Wi-Fi networks or used a work device as a Wi-Fi hotspot for other devices?

Have they downloaded or installed an application on work systems possibly taking advantage of more powerful work hardware to play video games? Have they clicked on a bad link, opened an infected attachment, or visited a malicious website?

Cyber Hackers have used Coronavirus to prey on remote workforces and IT systems. As we return to the office, now is a good time to remind employees about work device protocols and to ensure that you keep your employees, devices, and network safe.

Our free webinar addresses how you can demonstrate to your customers, stakeholders and other third parties that you have implemented security controls, secured sensitive data and are protected from cyber-attacks.

Registered attendees will also get a free dark web scan, you will be able to see whether your emails have been compromised. If your information is compromised, we’ll let you know the next steps you should take to ensure your identity is safe.

Webinar – Thursday 7th October – 13.00 – 14.00