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1d, 1m agoFound 1 decade, 1 month ago
Ok so here goes- my first freebie post! i hope this is all done correctly and posted in the correct forum. I am halfway through doing one of the free courses: Equality and Diversity.

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#1
I've used vision2learn before for one of their IT courses & providing you have a degree of self motivation then they're pretty useful & lead to a recognised qualification in your chosen subject. - nice reminder have signed up for another one now !:thinking:
#2
Excellent looking freebie! Just a pity that I can't enrol on the "Mastering Business Administration" (ahem, yes, "mastering"), in my area.. oh well, fingers crossed that it'll become available.

Did you pass soul_man_uk? Do you feel as if you learned anything, or just got something else for your CV?

--edit--

Interesting aside, these look like they're only likely to be free if you've not had another full level 2 qualification funded by the state (e.g. 5 GCSEs at grade A to C or equivalent). Though they do have other options from the looks of things. It's clear as mud.


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NVQ courses are fundable by the Learning and Skills Council. This means that the courses are normally free of charge to anyone over the age of 16 who doesn’t have a full Level 2 qualification or higher and who has been ordinarily resident in England for 3 years or more, as long as this residency has been for purposes other than full-time study. If you already have a full Level 2 qualification or higher the college/Training Provider may require a contribution from your employer. If you don’t meet these requirements, there may be other ways for your course to be fundable and you can contact us on [EMAIL="[email protected]?subject=Essential%20IT%20Skills%20@%20Work"][COLOR=#0000ff][email protected][/COLOR][/EMAIL] for more information on this.
#3
great stuff
I am going to have a go at this one
#4
I got really excited then, because its something to do while im looking after my son before he goes to school, but they dont do it in my area, really disappointed now, wanted to get some more qualifications :-(
#5
Not any colleges available in scotland or wales at the moment.

Pity, I was looking forward to becoming a Web Entrepreneur.

Hope they are available soon
#6
Hello, yes passed....Had moments of weakness when I just couldn't be bothered & in the event of no activity on your online course for a while they send you a reminder.
I have 5 x GCSE's & still got the IT course no probs - can't recommend it enough really.
#7
For good technology training try TechOnline. Very good in-depth lectures and courses. Registration required, but it is free, same as learning material.
#8
very good, something like this would usually cost hundereds £££
Added to your rep Becky
2 Likes #9
pile of ***** these corses are not availiable if your unemployed i have known about this for years if theres no courses in your area change your employment status to employed and all of a sudden there are courses and then u find u get loads of spam i sat here and went through loads of these corses changing employment status and but 1 or 2 would give me a place what i want to know is why the goverment would provide funding if your working and not if your unemployed i know for a fact u can go to collage and learndirect and funding is always in place for higher learning dont forget u can pay for these courses they just wont give u a free place
#10
I've tried one of these IT courses and found them to be badly written and unnecessarily demanding.

Fortunately I'd done some of the sections on another course so any problems with these were easily overcome. However, having to post in a hard copy of something that I'd already uploaded to the college just to prove that I could work a printer seemed to me to be a little over the top.
Part of the course was the understanding of the current Health & Safety Regulations which to complete I had to have access to a copy of my college or company's H & S policy - a little difficult for someone who doesn't work or attend a college.
My request to the tutor for a copy of the college's policy produced a 17 page document which had no bearing on the matter.

The tutor allocated to me by my local college left a lot to be desired - a problem I've found with a lot of these 'free' courses - so in the end I concluded that the best way of learning was to teach myself and then do a LearnDirect course to get the qualification.

There are plenty of tutorials on the internet covering just about any IT subject you care to mention. In fact my local Poundland are currently selling Greenstreet Tutorials for Word, Access, Power Point and Publisher - I've even found a Greenstreet Tutorial for Excel in one store.
1 Like #11
Joshanna
I got really excited then, because its something to do while im looking after my son before he goes to school, but they dont do it in my area, really disappointed now, wanted to get some more qualifications :-(



Im sorry to hear that Joshanna:-(
#12
polly69
pile of shite these corses are not availiable if your unemployed


Well, I personally think we should all sign on for "Infection Control" (just for a larf, really); so I tried, and said I was unemployed, and "Lo", Polly was right - not available in my area. But there were a dozen or so that were; (as an aside - one of which was "finding your dream job". I remember unemployment, and my dream job was anything that paid me at the end of the week) so honestly, Poll, I don't think they're discriminating against unemployed persons. It's just that when something's free, it tends to get booked up quicker than when it's not.........

To anyone like Joshanna who looked and was disapppointed, I'd say look around. These aren't the only free course providers. Once you start looking, there's quite a bit you can do; I learned everything I know about HTML from the excellent, and totally free, downloadable "Writing HTML" available from:

http://www.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/tut/

(Once you've done it, you'll be surprised how many "professional" websites you could have created yourself.)

All the best;

Tim
#13
Can anyone direct me to the page where it says what areas these are available in?!?!

Cheers

M
#14
morpheus
Can anyone direct me to the page where it says what areas these are available in?!?!

Cheers

M


To be honest i just applied for the course and was contacted by my local college.
I must have been lucky that they are in my area. Unless anyone else can see a link to see if they are in your area just apply for the one you are interested in.

Good luck!:-D

I am enjoying mine....and because its been quiet at work this week ive managed to compleate 2 of my sections in my course in 2 days- the course only has 3 sections.;-)
#15
polly69
pile of shite these corses are not availiable if your unemployed
what i want to know is why the goverment would provide funding if your working and not if your unemployed i know for a fact u can go to collage and learndirect and funding is always in place for higher learning dont forget u can pay for these courses they just wont give u a free place

There are lots of free or funded courses available to the unemployed, and to say this is a " pile of shite " is really unecessary

Lots of people in employment who feel they are stuck in a rut and would like to learn a new skill or improve on the skills they have may not be able to afford to pay the fees of funding a learn direct or college course so to me these courses are an ideal way of learning new skills and it is about time the government gave a little back to the tax payer. i just wish there were more courses on offer and were more widely available
:)
#16
AThanks, only just come back to the thread.
Ive been thinking about it alot actually, and most days i just sit here bored.
I really dont know where to start looking TBH so could use a little help :)

Just looking to get some more qualifications ( just got my GCSE's ) my GCSE's were good grades, but id rather be doing something worth while.
I think im looking for something IT related, as everything seems to revovle around computers nowadays, and it can only look better on my CV TBH.

So can anyone point me in the right direction, also, id really like to do it all online.

Thanks in advance for any help

Also, just wanna say, i actually wanna come out of it with a qualification, in the form of a certicate :)
#17
Joshanna,

All i have too is my GCSE's, its 10 years since i left school and felt i wanted a bit more. I am working part time and have actually been doing a CPR(ressusitation) course this morning so i felt that was worth while. But yes i want a qualification with a certificate too. Its good to have something to show for all your hard work!

Good luck with finding a suitable course.

This link may or may not help

http://ferl.becta.org.uk/display.cfm?page=212.
#18
Im not sure what it is as i keep getting page cant be displayed :)
I shall try again later and let you know :)
#19
Joshanna
Im not sure what it is as i keep getting page cant be displayed :)
I shall try again later and let you know :)


Ok :thumbsup:
#20
BECKYBOO
Joshanna,

All i have too is my GCSE's, its 10 years since i left school and felt i wanted a bit more. I am working part time and have actually been doing a CPR(ressusitation) course this morning so i felt that was worth while. But yes i want a qualification with a certificate too. Its good to have something to show for all your hard work!

Good luck with finding a suitable course.

This link may or may not help

http://ferl.becta.org.uk/display.cfm?page=212.


So your 26!?

Josh, you do need a course :-D :p
#21
grdesign
So your 26!?

Josh, you do need a course :-D :p


And whys that?
#22
Dont worry, it's gone straight over yer head.
#23
grdesign
So your 26!?

Josh, you do need a course :-D :p


Ha yes well older and wiser!!:p
#24
Im not far behind at (almost - 9 days!) 22.
Although i only have the 1 child, and thats enough for me!

Ive got the site to load, but its not letting me register!
Although i will keep trying :)
#25
Joshanna
Im not far behind at (almost - 9 days!) 22.
Although i only have the 1 child, and thats enough for me!

Ive got the site to load, but its not letting me register!
Although i will keep trying :)


Yes they do keep you busy, Ive got 2 boys 6 and 4.

27 in 3 weeks though:-(
#26
I bet your life is a barrel of laughs :thumbsup: oooooh 2 little boys, i dont envy you, 1 is bad enough!
#27
Hmmmm, on reading that again, it may look a little harsh, hope you get wot i ment :)
#28
Not for Scotland then? :-(
#29
Joshanna
Hmmmm, on reading that again, it may look a little harsh, hope you get wot i ment :)



I Know what you meant:) but really it is a barrell of fun!

Not enough hours in the day, but still get time for HUKD!
1 Like #30
im not having a go at the employed at all im at collage and this is a con its funny how theres no places for unemployed but soon as u put employed places magicaly appear if u want qualifiations do a learndirect couse theres support if u get stuck and if you get benefits its free
#31
BECKYBOO
I Know what you meant:) but really it is a barrell of fun!

Not enough hours in the day, but still get time for HUKD!


Be warned its slighty addictive :oops:
#32
polly69
im not having a go at the employed at all im at collage and this is a con its funny how theres no places for unemployed but soon as u put employed places magicaly appear if u want qualifiations do a learndirect couse theres support if u get stuck and if you get benefits its free


Why is it a con?
as I said earlier the unemployed have lots of funded courses they can sign up to i.e learn direct , college ,open university
these courses are aimed at employed people who want to further their education or just learn some thing new , as I want to , thats not a con at all its great :)
#33
polly69
im not having a go at the employed at all im at collage and this is a con its funny how theres no places for unemployed but soon as u put employed places magicaly appear if u want qualifiations do a learndirect couse theres support if u get stuck and if you get benefits its free


Why is it a con?
as I said earlier the unemployed have lots of funded courses they can sign up to i.e learn direct , college ,open university
some of the free courses posted here are aimed at employed people who want to further their education or just learn some thing new , as I want to , thats not a con at all its great :)
#34
oops seemed to have hit the button twice
is there an echo in here? lol
1 Like #35
because if they were free what should it matter employed/unemployed and if your unhappy in your job i think its time u give it up y should u need further education u already have a job these should be amied at the unemployed to get them back in work people who work earn a wage which means they have disposable income where as people on benefits or school leavers dont it doesnt make sence to me y would the goverment pay 4 places for people who work and not pay for the unemployed as the y normally do and i know from way back this company spams your mail box telling you there are paid courses? what happened to the free 1s and what about the sales calls not for me
#36
polly69
if your unhappy in your job i think its time u give it up y should u need further education u already have a job

So people in work shouldn't look to further their career or gain a new skill? :thinking: not everyone wants to stay in the same job or follow the same career path thoughout their lives and a free course like this can offer up something different. (without draining you financially!)

polly69
these should be amied at the unemployed to get them back in work


If you're unemployed you can go to a local college and study for free. If your on jobseekers you apply for lots of different free courses with them to boost your skills.

polly69
people who work earn a wage which means they have disposable income people on benefits or school leavers dont


People on benefits and school leavers can go to college for free.
#37
polly69
because if they were free what should it matter employed/unemployed and if your unhappy in your job i think its time u give it up y should u need further education u already have a job these should be amied at the unemployed to get them back in work people who work earn a wage which means they have disposable income where as people on benefits or school leavers dont it doesnt make sence to me y would the goverment pay 4 places for people who work and not pay for the unemployed as the y normally do and i know from way back this company spams your mail box telling you there are paid courses? what happened to the free 1s and what about the sales calls not for me



Oh dear
Polly69, this forum is not here for you to personally attack other people who have a different view of a subject other than yours. Healthy discussion and debate is good but please refrain from personal attacks. If you don't like the free course post then just ignore it. Oh, and I do not think I ever mentioned being unhappy in my job? Don't make your point by getting personal it only looks immature
1 Like #38
polly69
this is a con its funny how theres no places for unemployed but soon as u put employed places magicaly appear

Polly, this just isn't true. I said in my earlier post that I put myself down as unemployed to see what happened, and the course I wanted to do was unavailable - but other courses were available.

This is a valuable resource for some people on this forum - but not for you, apparently, Okay, so it's not for you, but is it fair to go round rubbishing it when it might be just fine for someone else?

Or am I just feeding a troll, here?

Tim
#39
polly69
because if they were free what should it matter employed/unemployed and if your unhappy in your job i think its time u give it up y should u need further education u already have a job these should be amied at the unemployed to get them back in work people who work earn a wage which means they have disposable income where as people on benefits or school leavers dont it doesnt make sence to me y would the goverment pay 4 places for people who work and not pay for the unemployed as the y normally do and i know from way back this company spams your mail box telling you there are paid courses? what happened to the free 1s and what about the sales calls not for me


just because i earn a wage, does that mean i have a disposable income? Unemployed people are getting more money than i am. They get housing and council tax benefit and they also get unemployment benefit. They also get lots of training courses and some even get free bus fare to get there. What if the person works at macdonalds? dont they have the right to gaining better skills and qualifications? Why should they settle with earning £5.10 an hour, and if you did earn that would you have a dissposable income to pay for training anyway? Since i joined this course in April i have not recieved a single email from the course with spam or any other thats a FACT. Thare are already lots of training in place for school leavers and the Unemployed. Why shouldnt there be something there for Tax Payers?
#40
Joshanna
Be warned its slighty addictive :oops:


I have noticed. ;-)

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