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Careers Learning Pilot – FREE and discounted higher level courses for one year, in partership with Petroc

Posted on: 10 July 2018

As part of a Careers Learning Pilot scheme, Learn Devon has partnered with Petroc College in North Devon, to offer a selection of higher level courses, starting this September, which are either FREE or at a 25% or 75% discount!

For more information, please visit www.petroc.ac.uk/clp            

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Featured Five: course not to miss in July

Posted on: 5 July 2018

 

Here’s our latest pick of courses starting soon across Devon. These include some great craft workshops, as well as some relaxation, communication and maths courses.

If you see something you’d like to do but it’s not on in your area or the times or dates don’t suit you, find more courses using our online search or contact your local centre – if there’s enough interest in your area, they may be able to put on your course.

Walks with Words

Castle Ham Lodge, Okehampton. Monday 9 July 10am – 1pm

This will be a stimulating session where a specific walk in town will enable learners to observe and get ideas for writing. Find out more.

Try out fun Spanish

The Kennaway Centre, Exmouth. Monday 16 July 10am – 12noon

This fun, FREE taster is suitable for beginners who are thinking of joining the autumn class and want to try it out in a sociable setting, meet the tutor and other learners.  Find out more.

Introduction to Watercolours: how to paint trees

Arts Centre, Bideford. Thursday 19 July 2 -4pm

You will learn some basic watercolour painting techniques including mixing colour, using brushes and sponges to create marks and texture. Find out more.

Summer School: learn to sew and bind your own notebook

The Mansion, Totnes. Wednesday 25 July 10am – 3pm

This is a 2-day course focusing on creating an A5 journal or notebook with a rounded spine using recycled materials. Find out more

 

For more art and craft workshops or languages, search ‘art and craft’ or ‘languages’ in our online course search.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We value your feedback – please complete our survey

Posted on: 5 July 2018

We are carrying out some market research with current and past learners, to find out how we can better understand the ways in which we communicate with you.

It will take approximately 10 – 15 minutes to complete the survey and we really do appreciate your input as it will help us to plan our future services. 

To access the survey, please click this link – Learn Devon Survey Link.

The survey is being conducted by Turquoise Thinking, an independent market research company. If you have any problems completing the survey or would like to validate its authenticity, please contact us. 

 

 

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Tasters! Try our summer introduction courses

Posted on: 5 July 2018

Summer is finally here and across Devon we have a range of taster workshops taking place in art and craft, modern languages and relaxation and wellbeing.

Why not have a go and if you like them, enrol for a full course in September.

East Devon – Kennaway Centre, Exmouth

Try out fun Italian, Monday 9 July 1 – 3pm

Try out fun Spanish, Monday 16 July 10am – 12noon

Try out fun German, Wednesday 25 July 1 – 3pm 

North Devon – Arts Centre, Bideford

Sail boats and beach huts, Saturday 14 July, 10am – 12:30pm

Introduction to Print Making, Tuesday 17 July 6:30 – 8:30pm

Introduction to Watercolours – simple landscapes, Wednesday 25 July, 6:30 – 8:30pm

Introduction to Watercolours – how to paint trees, Thursday 19 July 2 – 4pm

Introduction to Creative Stitching, Tues 24 July 2:30 – 4:30pm

South Devon – The Mansion, Totnes

Pottery: Have a go and a throw, Wednesday 18 July, 4 – 6pm

West Devon – Alexander Centre, Tavistock

Pardon my French, Monday  9 July, 10am – 12noon

Spanish for Beginners, Tuesday 10 July, 10am – 12noon

West Devon, Holsworthy Skills Centre, Holsworthy

Relaxation and wellbeing, Monday 9 July, 6:30 – 8:30pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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GCSE Open Days – come find out more. New dates added

Posted on: 12 June 2018

If completing your English or maths GCSE is on your to do list, then why not make a start by coming along to our GCSE Open Days to find out more.

There will be a series of drop-in sessions across the county where you can meet the tutors and find out more information about studying for your GCSE.

Dates and venues:

Kennaway Centre, Exmouth

18 June 2 – 7pm

26 June 2 – 7pm

16 July 2 – 7pm

23 July 10am – 3pm

Ockment Centre, Okehampton

20 July 4 – 7pm

14 August 10am – 1pm

15 August 4 – 7pm

29 August 2 -5pm

31 August 10am – 1pm

4 September 11am – 2pm

Alexander Centre, Tavistock

11 July 12noon – 2pm and 5 – 6pm

5 September 12noon – 2pm and 5 – 6pm

Holsworthy Skills Centre, Holsworthy

2 July 12noon – 2pm and 5 – 6pm

3 September 12noon – 2pm and 5 – 6pm

The Mansion, Totnes

25 June 2 – 6:30pm

16 July 2 – 6:30pm

14 August 2 – 6:30pm

Passmore Edwards Centre, Newton Abbot

26 June 2 – 7pm

18 July 2 – 7pm

16 August 2 – 7pm

Ilfracombe Library, Ilfracombe

25 July 5 – 7pm

8 August 10amm – 12noon

22 August 2 – 4pm

Arts Centre, Bideford

24 July 10am – 12noon

7 August 2 – 4pm

21 August 5 – 7pm

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June evening and weekend courses

Posted on: 5 June 2018

 

We have some fabulous evening and weekend courses in arts and crafts, Spanish and communication starting in June – perfect if you work 9 to 5 or have other commitments during the day. Check out what’s on when in the list below.

If you see something you’d like to do, but it’s not on in your area or the times or dates don’t suit you, find more courses using our online search or contact your local centre – if there’s enough interest in your area, they may be able to put on your course.

Evening courses

Basic Holiday Spanish

Passmore Edwards Centre, Newton Abbot. Mondays 4 June 7-9pm

Have you always wanted to learn Spanish? This course will introduce you to Spanish pronunciation and simple everyday phrases and expressions. Find out more.

Stained Glass

Okehampton Primary School, Okehampton. Wednesdays 6 June 6:30 – 8:30pm

This course is for beginners or those with limited experience. You will learn how to cut and foil glass, use a grinder and apply blowpipe solder and create a unique panel to your design to put in your home. Find out more.

Bookbinding: cloth bound books using decorative long stitch

The Mansion, Totnes. Wednesdays 13 June 7-9pm

This is a course,  suitable for all levels, is for those who wish to explore aspects of printmaking and booking. You will develop a range of skills used by Printmaker’s and Bookbinder’s and by the end of the course you will have produced a hand bound book and a number of prints. Find out more.

Introduction to British Sign Language

Arts Centre, Bideford. Wednesdays 13 June 6 – 8pm

If you communicate with the public on a regular basis and want to learn how to communicate with deaf people using British Sign Language then this course is for you. Find out more.

Creative Watercolours

Kennaway Centre, Exmouth.  Tuesdays 19 June 7 – 9pm

This course is for both absolute beginners who would like to explore the simplest techniques of watercolour painting and for those who wish to build on basic core skills. Find out more.

Weekend courses

Beautiful wedding on a budget

Kennaway Centre, Exmouth. Saturdays 27 June 10am – 3pm

There are many aspects of your big day that can be done for a fraction of the cost if you do-it-yourself! Find out how and where to save money as well as finding out tips on creating your own flowers, designing stationery, making bridesmaid dresses, bunting, favours and more! Find out more.

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Featured Five: upcoming courses not to miss this month

Posted on: 5 June 2018

Here’s our latest pick of courses starting soon across Devon. These include some great craft workshops, as well as some relaxation, communication and maths courses.

If you see something you’d like to do but it’s not on in your area or the times or dates don’t suit you, find more courses using our online search or contact your local centre – if there’s enough interest in your area, they may be able to put on your course.

Meditation and Relaxation

Alexander Centre, Tavistock. Friday 15 June 1 – 3pm

In this course you will learn what Mindfulness is and how to practice it in your daily life to help you to take charge of stress, feel more peace & happiness and develop a more positive relationship with yourself. Find out more.

Yoga for Beginners

The Manor House, Dawlish. Monday 18 June 9:30 – 11am

This course will introduce you to simple yoga postures to help strengthen your body while at the same time increasing your flexibility.  Find out more.

Introduction to British Sign Language

Arts Centre, Bideford. Tuesday 19 June 2 -4pm

If you communicate with the public on a regular basis and want to learn about basic British Sign Language then this course is for you. Find out more.

Make a book for family memories

Kennaway Centre, Exmouth. Wednesday 20 June 2 – 6pm

This is a relaxed course that is aimed at supporting good wellbeing and will give you a taste of what bookbinding has to offer. You will create an A5 journal or notebook to share or hold personal memories, using practiced binding skills and techniques. Find out more

Gardening and Numbers

Okehampton Community College. Tuesday 3 July 1:30 – 4pm

Delivered at the Okehampton Community Garden, this course shows how maths plays a role in gardening. You will be sowing seeds in- and outdoors, pricking out seedlings for transplanting and working out a planting diary. Find out more.

 

 

For more art and craft workshops, maths, wellbeing or languages, search ‘art and craft’ or ‘maths’ or ‘wellbeing’ or ‘languages’ in our online course search.

 

 

 

 

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Skills for Working in Healthcare

Posted on: 5 June 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you unemployed or thinking about returning to work?

Maybe you have thought about what it might be like to work in the healthcare sector, but you don’t have any clear ideas?

This FREE course, at Okehampton Medical Centre, introduces you to some NHS roles. We can’t cover every job role in the NHS, but we will introduce you to a number of them. You will hear from professionals in the field speak about their job role and how they got there. You will also have a chance to learn some practical skills that relates to the job.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions and find out more about careers in the healthcare sector. For more info, click here.

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Calling all budding writers

Posted on: 5 June 2018

Have you ever wanted to write a book?

You have all sorts of ideas but just don’t know where to start.

Let Learn Devon help. This term we are hosting a series of creative writing workshops to get those creative juices flowing and help all budding writers put pen to paper!

Creative Writing: Put time aside for writing

A great opportunity to be part of a writers’ group where you will discuss themes and ideas. These will be turned into storylines and plots to enable you to write a short story, piece of prose or a poem. Find out more.

Creative Writing: Start a book

Ideal for writers who want to write longer pieces which form the chapters of a book. Look at a variety of ways to dream up your main character; come up with great ideas for a storyline and then piece by piece, fill in the jigsaw that makes up a person’s story, fitting it into an intriguing plot. Find out more.

Creative Writing Workshop: Forming characters

You will look at producing 3 characters for three different storylines. Have fun trying out ideas and discarding the stereotypes or coming up with the girl (or boy) next door dealing with unexpected and difficult circumstances. Find out more.

Creative Writing Workshop: Chapters and plots

Now move on to more structure and how to weave a plot in and around your main characters. Look at different scenarios and discuss how a plot would unravel and create a plot which is both unpredictable and unusual. Discuss various scenarios which bring about unusual circumstances and events, expanding on them in order to deepen your plot. Find out more.

Creative Writing Workshop: Pop-up poetry

Have fun with words and building phrases and then forming your own poems. You will get the opportunity to try out three different styles of poetry and look at alliteration, assonance, highlighting the senses and emphasising imagery. Find out more.

Poetry in the Park

Take a stimulating walk around Tavistock, observing places, artefacts and things in nature to get ideas for writing. You will then be guided to put your thoughts and ideas into prose i.e. poetry or a short story. Find out more.
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Care workers to be given the chance to learn new skills

Posted on: 21 May 2018

We are very excited to announce our participation in the Flex to Learn project – a joint initiative which will offer maths, English, care and IT skills to health and social care workers.

Read more about it on the Devon County Council newscentre

 

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