Learning during lockdown but Hopwood Hall extends free online courses chance

HOPWOOD Hall College is offering the community an opportunity to complete free online courses.

These short courses – which don’t cost a penny for those aged 19 and over – are designed to equip local people with skills to improve their employment prospects and keep them connected in the weeks and months to come.This includes those who are currently furloughed, self-isolating or simply unsure about what the future might hold beyond the coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier this year, 1,400 people took up a chance to take a short online course during the initial lockdown.

They were re-introduced for second lockdown but are still available as the country returns to a tier set-up.

In order to accommodate this expected new surge in interest, Hopwood has added a variety of courses to boost people’s CVs and keep their minds active.

There are five different fields to choose from including Digital and IT, Leadership and Management, and Health and Wellbeing.

The latter includes bitesize courses on the likes of mental health awareness and developing a personal plan.

The other categories are Home Working and Staying Safe, both designed to arm people with a skillset needed in a world of social distancing.The free online courses are suitable for learners from all different backgrounds, no experience is necessary to enrol and upon completion they’ll receive a virtual certificate that
they can download immediately.

This opportunity comes after new research has found that an online course can massively improve a person’s earning potential.

According to the research conducted by the education charity Demos, on average people who undertake online learning see their annual pay increase by £3,640.

Julia Heap, Principal and CEO of Hopwood Hall College, said:“A free online course is a brilliant way to keep connected and gain valuable new skills during these uncertain times.

“Whatever your circumstances are right now, it’s your way to make a positive change and secure a better future.

“I’d like to encourage people to take up this opportunity to push their boundaries and reach their potential.”

For the full list of free online courses, visit the website: www.hopwood.ac.uk/part-time-short-courses/

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