As the country continues to adapt to working from home and staying indoors, Dearne Valley College is offering free distance learning courses for adults in the local community, providing the opportunity to learn new skills from the comfort of their own home.
These courses allow learners to study flexibly and are available in a variety of subject areas including Health and Social Care, Mental Health, Education and Training, Nutrition and Health and Business Management.
Each course is made up of between two and four modules which offer a fast and flexible way to learn or update skills and gain a recognised qualification.
Dearne Valley College Assistant Principal Cheryl Martin explained some of the benefits of undertaking a distance learning course.
Cheryl said: “Our distance learning courses have proven really popular over the last few weeks as our local community has adapted to working from home or being unable to go to work.
“As we get used to being on lockdown I think people have realised that now is an opportunity for them to learn something new or update their skills. The beauty of distance learning is that you can fit it in around existing commitments and it is a flexible way to learn.”
RNN Group Director of Employer Partnerships James Godsell has spoken to several local businesses about distance learning options for their staff.
James said: “We’ve had enquiries from businesses who are looking for ways to keep their staff engaged and provide opportunities for upskilling and updating their knowledge during this uncertain period.
“Distance learning ticks so many boxes for employers, especially at this unusual time, as it offers a fast, free and flexible way to deliver training that their staff can complete at home and it can continue to fit around existing commitments even when business returns to normal.”
Cheryl added: “College may be closed at the moment, but our commitment to education remains as strong as ever; we are committed to providing opportunities to learn!
To be eligible for free distance learning courses you must be:
If you are between 19 – 23 years old you must hold a full Level 2 qualification and not currently be enrolled on an apprenticeship