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Free Online Courses

Our FREE online courses are the perfect opportunity to learn something new whilst at home.

Available for anyone aged 19 or over and living in the Liverpool City Region (Liverpool, Halton, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral), our courses are introductions to subject areas and are designed to give you confidence and help to stimulate your mind and push your boundaries without even leaving your home.

The FREE online courses vary in 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 people of all abilities. Your chosen course can be undertaken at any time, meaning you can fit learning around your other responsibilities.

Please note: due to funding, you can study a maximum of two courses and you must reside in the Liverpool City Region.

Choose a subject area below, explore the exciting free online courses we have available, and register your interest.

Completing Application Forms

This course introduces learners to 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.

Duration: 1 hour.
Where to next? Employment or further training.


Positive Attitudes and Behaviours

This online Positive Attitudes and Behaviours course is part of an employability suite which will help learners search for and secure employment. It is suitable for anyone who would like to learn more about how they can analyse their own skills, create an action plan and be more efficient when applying and interviewing for jobs.

Duration: 2 hours.
Where to next? Employment or further training.


Cleaning and Servicing, Level 1 Food Hygiene and First Aid

By completing this course your employees will know how to meet your organisation’s standards, be aware of the different types of equipment in hospitality, understand how to tackle unexpected situations, learn how to perform safe lifting and carrying techniques and become aware of the maintenance procedure. This training pack is a great way to introduce beginners to food safety, and first aid.

Ideal for: Hotels and health and care establishments considering upskilling staff during lock down and individuals looking to gain employment in another industry following redundancy.
Where to next? Further training.

Business Start Up

How to turn a great idea into a successful business. During this course you will explore what it really means to won and run your own business enterprise and sort the myth from fact.

You'll learn:

  • The difference between an entrepreneur or business owner
  • Types of business structures
  • How to understand self-employment
  • Measuring what it takes to run a business
  • Turning ideas into action
  • Getting ready to take the next steps
  • How to create a viable business
  • Sourcing finance
  • How to avoid the common pitfalls
  • How to launch

Duration: 1 day, 9am - 5pm.


Managing a Team

This course describes how to manage team performance using different management models and by identifying the different roles and requirements in a team, as well as understanding motivational theory.

Duration: 30 minutes.
Ideal for: Individuals working from home who wish to improve their skills.
Where to next? Further training.


Managing Remote Teams

Managing remote teams can require different skills because of the varying locations, time zones, work patterns etc. Additional effort on the part of the leader and the team members is required to achieve the team goals and effective communication is particularly important. Various considerations when managing remote teams are reviewed, including four key factors and team members having complementary roles and responsibilities. The course concludes with reviewing how to monitor performance, communication, use of technology, work across different time zones and cultures and developing appropriate employment contracts.

Duration: 30 minutes.
Ideal for: Individuals working from home who wish to improve their skills.
Where to next? Further training.


Managing Challenging Conversations

This course covers how to approach difficult conversations and the steps and principles involved in addressing them. It covers resolving conflict, performance management, reflective activity, effective two-way communication, and generating confidence and commitment in your staff.

Duration: 30 minutes.
Ideal for: Individuals who wish to improve their skills.
Where to next? Further training.

Microsoft Excel - Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced

These courses will allow you to confidently use Microsoft Excel whether you are a beginner on the software or have some knowledge. There are three levels; Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced.

Ideal for: Individuals who wish to improve their skills.
Duration: 6-8 hours.
Where to next? Further training.


Microsoft Word - Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced

There are three levels; Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced. Microsoft Word is a software program used in most modern workplaces and completing a course will improve your employability.

Ideal for: Individuals who wish to improve their skills.
Duration: 6-8 hours.
Where to next? Further training.


Microsoft Powerpoint - Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced

Our three interactive Microsoft PowerPoint training courses provide the essential skills you need to effectively use the program, ensuring you feel confident in your work. Designed for all abilities, our courses are broken down into three levels; Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced.

Ideal for: Individuals who wish to improve their skills.
Duration: 6-8 hours.
Where to next? Further training.


Microsoft Outlook - Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced

There are three levels; Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced. This course is designed for all abilities to boost your Outlook skills.

Ideal for: Individuals who wish to improve their skills.
Duration: 6-8 hours.
Where to next? Further training.


Microsoft Access - Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced

This course is designed to improve your Microsoft Access skills whether you have used or not used the software before. There are three levels; Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced.

Ideal for: Individuals who wish to improve their skills.
Duration: 6-8 hours.
Where to next? Further training.


Microsoft Teams

This course is designed to improve your use of Microsoft Teams.

Ideal for: Individuals who wish to improve their skills.
Where to next? Further training.


Digital Marketing

Digital marketing channels are one of the biggest areas of expenditure in marketing budgets with budgets increasing every year, as more potential channels become available and online shopping increases its market share.

Duration: 3 hours.
Ideal for: Individuals who wish to improve their skills.
Where to next? Further training.


Cyber Security Awareness

The Cyber Security Awareness course is a beginner’s guide to protect you or your employees from the risk that cyber criminals pose. This e learning course will help learners understand how hackers and bots can access your system and how to keep your information and personal data safe from online fraud.

Ideal for: Individuals who wish to improve their skills.
Duration: 2 hours.
Where to next? Further training.


Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Training

This course is suitable for anyone using digital screen equipment at home or at work.

Developed in collaboration with Health and Safety Executive (HSE), this short course explores the importance of DSE, focusing on identifying risks and promoting safer working practices. This course looks to boost your confidence in understanding DSE and completing a DSE assessment at home.

With more people now working from home than ever before it is important that your work area is safe and comfortable.

This course was developed using the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) who have acted as subject matter experts to ensure all content and information is up to date and accurate.

Ideal for: Individuals who use digital screen equipment.
Duration: 1 - 2 hours.

How to keep your children safe online

This course is aimed at Parents, Guardians and Carers. The course will cover digital literacy, talking to children and you people about their digital life and footprint. At the end of the course you will have an understanding of the issues facing children and young people online and the resources to help protect them.

Duration: 1 hour per week for 4 weeks.
Ideal for: Parents, Guardians and Carers.

Mental Health Awareness

This course includes; recognising signs of mental health issues, managing mental health and wellbeing in the workplace and inclusive practice.

Duration: 2 hours.
Ideal for: Those interested in pursuing a career or further study in mental health and wellbeing.
Where to next? Further training.


Understanding Mental Health

Gain a basic understanding of mental health issues.

Ideal for: Individuals who wish to improve own health and wellbeing and support others health and wellbeing in a healthcare setting .
Duration: 3 hours.
Where to next? Further training.


Dementia Awareness

Our Dementia Awareness e-learning course is designed to improve knowledge of dementia among carers, as well as other healthcare workers who may come into contact with dementia sufferers, and the loved ones of those diagnosed with the illness.

Ideal for: Individuals interested in gaining new skills or considering entering a career in health and social care.
Duration: 2 hours.
Where to next? Further training.


Infection Prevention and Control

Everyone has a part to play when it comes to infection prevention and control. Ensuring you know the most effective ways you can stop the spread of viruses could help reduce the risk of infection at home or in the workplace.

Ideal for: Individuals seeking to improve knowledge of infection prevention.
Duration: 30 minutes.
Where to next? Further training.


Promoting Emotional and Spiritual Wellbeing

This course looks at the importance of promoting emotional and spiritual wellbeing. It also looks at understanding the definitions of identity, self-esteem, self-image and wellbeing.

Ideal for: Individuals who wish to improve own self esteem or to support others .
Duration: 1 hour.
Where to next? Further training.

Leadership and Management Package

Our ILM assured leadership and management package provides a journey for learners to become successful leaders and managers. Aimed at both new and aspiring managers, this 8-course package includes Understanding Yourself, Managing Change, The Role of the Manager, Personal Effectiveness, Communication, Coaching, Managing Teams and Performance Management. These courses have been designed to equip managers with the tools and knowledge needed to build on their existing skills to thrive in their role.

Duration: 7-8 hours.
Ideal for New or aspiring managers, senior or middle management, experienced managers, project managers


Understanding Yourself

Being a successful manager, existing or new, means is being able to understand and support the needs of your staff and to do that, you must first understand yourself. With this Understanding Yourself course explore growth mindset, and discover your own emotional intelligence, gaining the knowledge of the benefits to help tailor your management and leadership skills for the better.

Duration: 1 hour.
Ideal for New or aspiring managers, senior or middle management, experienced managers, project managers


The Role of the Manager

No matter your managerial experience, understanding the role of a manager is incredibly valuable. With this course managers will identify the qualities and leadership styles of a good leader, the importance of style flexibility, understand their own leadership style and learn how to develop them to become more adaptive and flexible to help build confidence in the workplace.

Duration: 1 hour.
Ideal for New or aspiring managers, senior or middle management, nexperienced managers, project managers


Personal Effectiveness

Our Personal Effectiveness course allows managers to develop their effective management skills by exploring various topics including how to achieve personal effectiveness, understanding what assertiveness is and how to develop it using practical tools and understanding current levels of effectiveness.

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes.
Ideal for New or aspiring managers, senior or middle management, experienced managers, project managers


Performance Management

With this performance management course managers will understand the importance reviewing their teams performance regularly, how to recognise needs within the team, and how feedback and recognition can be used to develop the team whilst being able to created effective objectives for all.

Duration: 1 hour.
Ideal for New or aspiring managers, senior or middle management, experienced managers, project managers


Communication

With our Communication course, managers will learn how to assess current strengths and identify areas for development, how to communicate as a manager and within a team, how to manage conflict and also various ways of communicating during their role. From these topics’ managers will develop their leadership communication skills becoming more successful within their role.

Duration: 1 hour.
Ideal for New or aspiring managers, senior or middle management, experienced managers, project managers


Coaching

Our Coaching course is suitable for managers wanting to improve their leadership coaching skills. Managers will learn about emotional intelligence and how it can be used in coaching, active listening, what the different types of questions used in coaching are and how to structure a conversion within coaching.

Duration: 1 hour.
Ideal for New or aspiring managers, senior or middle management, experienced managers, project managers


Managing Teams

Our managing teams course develops team management skills by exploring how managers asses their teams performance and needs, whilst understanding what actions can be taken and what practical tools can be used to help the team perform better. In addition, managers will understand characteristics of low and high performing teams, whilst understanding their role within the team.

Duration: 1 hour.
Ideal for New or aspiring managers, senior or middle management, experienced managers, project managers


Managing Change

Our change management course allows your managers to be able to identify people’s reactions to change, understand appropriate ways to help people transition, effectively plan and manage change, whilst also building on skills to bring people through change.

Duration: 1 hour.
Ideal for New or aspiring managers, senior or middle management, experienced managers, project managers

Radicalisation and Extremism (Prevent)

Safeguarding anyone against radicalisation and extremism is an extremely important responsibility. It’s crucial that anyone working with vulnerable children, young people or adults are able to recognise the signs and symptoms of potential radicalisation.

Duration: 2 hours.
Ideal for Parents, guardians and carers.


Gangs and County Lines

This course aims to give learners a deeper understanding of gang related issues and define what these key terms mean. This training will also help learners to identify the signs and symptoms of abuse and what to do if they suspect a child or young person is becoming involved in gang activities. County Lines is another crucial issue related to gang activities. Learners on this course will gain an understanding of the issue and how it can differ from other gang related activities.

Duration: 2 hours.
Ideal for Parents, guardians and carers.


Inclusive Behaviour and Unconscious Bias

The course describes the definition of equality, diversity and inclusion and how the terms ‘equality, diversity and inclusion can often be used interchangeably yet have different meanings.

Duration: 30 minutes.
Ideal for Those who want to learn about equality and diversity and inclusion.

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