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Training Services

We endeavour to actively support and manage young talent by offering a platform of practice and opportunities for personal and career development. It gives skilled individuals, who may not currently be in employment, education or training to build their professional portfolio.

 

Some of these individuals we support are technically brilliant and deeply analytical individuals with creative and design skills. We help to stir their impulses so they rediscover their creative confidence.

 

We also deliver training sessions for those who wish to learn more about key areas of design, technology and software use.

LCD Project (Phase II)
(Learning and Creative Development)

January 2016 – March 2016

The project focuses on developing skills in creative and alternative ways which encourages people actively seeking work to widen their experiences. This will enable them to accelerate their personal and social development, develop key skills. Learners will experience and participate in wide range of skills based sessions focused around education, employment and volunteering. The sessions will enable participants to be creative and unlock potential ideas which could transform into work opportunities.

  • Soft Skills: the sessions will include improving communication skills and supporting individuals to increase their confidence in their own ability and in the way they come across to others in interview, drawing out skills and strengths to increase chances of employment.
  • Social Media and Internet: these sessions will include How to use social media safely. Use of misuse of social media setting – security settings, online chat, capturing and editing photos, uploading of photos and documents, creating a blog.
  • Design and creative skills: these sessions will include How to make a power point presentation and execution of a good presentation. How to develop a quality portfolio, advise on areas of portfolio, best ways to present work, Learning to use photo editing software to enhance images. Using illustrating software, skills to design and deliver newsletters for a company or a group.

There will be workshops offered where attendees will be supported in learning new skills, enhancing current skills or by using the workshops as refresher sessions, helping individuals become more employable and in feeling better prepared in applying for positions as well as in future learning.

The aim of the workshops will be to help attendees build confidence and to improve social and communication skills, with a long term aim of helping people on the journey into employment, encouraging personal development.

Our ‘employment’ activities will concentrate on developing key skills which will encourage learners to focus on practical job seeking and develop techniques to improve employability prospects, ‘thinking outside the box’. These will include communication & presentation skills, effective job seeking in specific occupational areas, interview skills, confidence building and personal development.

LCD Project
(Learning and Creative Development)

Yearlong project – October 2014 – 15

 

The project focuses on developing skills in creative and alternative ways which encourages people actively seeking work to widen their experiences. This will enable them to accelerate their personal and social development, develop key skills. Learners will experience and participate in wide range of skills based sessions focused around education, employment and volunteering. The sessions will enable participants to be creative and unlock potential ideas which could transform into work opportunities.

 

  • Soft Skills: the sessions will include improving communication skills and supporting individuals to increase their confidence in their own ability and in the way they come across to others in interview, drawing out skills and strengths to increase chances of employment.
  • Social Media and Internet: these sessions will include How to use social media safely. Use of misuse of social media setting – security settings, online chat, capturing and editing photos, uploading of photos and documents, creating a blog.
  • Design and creative skills: these sessions will include How to make a power point presentation and execution of a good presentation. How to develop a quality portfolio, advise on areas of portfolio, best ways to present work, Learning to use photo editing software to enhance images. Using illustrating software, skills to design and deliver newsletters for a company or a group.

 

There will be workshops offered where attendees will be supported in learning new skills, enhancing current skills or by using the workshops as refresher sessions, helping individuals become more employable and in feeling better prepared in applying for positions as well as in future learning.

 

The aim of the workshops will be to help attendees build confidence and to improve social and communication skills, with a long term aim of helping people on the journey into employment, encouraging personal development.

 

Our ‘employment’ activities will concentrate on developing key skills which will encourage learners to focus on practical job seeking and develop techniques to improve employability prospects, ‘thinking outside the box’. These will include communication & presentation skills, effective job seeking in specific occupational areas, interview skills, confidence building and personal development.

Challenges

  • Engaging Participants with different needs
  • Timing of sessions
  • People learning at different rates

 

Overcoming challenges

  • Activities and discussions were made interactive as possible
  • Having extra worksheets and activities
  • Having a power point presentation along with written materials to support participants
  • Ensure enough help and attention is given to ones who found tasks more difficult
  • Analysing target market and strategic placement of flyers i.e job centre, connections and local library.

Design for Print

‘Design for Print’ looked at details about getting design work ready for print. A experienced graphic designer/print specialist was invited to deliver sessions. There was a strong interest from young graduates in this particular session. There was opportunity discuss one to one with the tutor.


Social Media Sessions

The social media sessions were very popular amongst the new learners. Participants had the chance to understand different types of social media, safe usage and creating a blog.

They also had an opportunity to try some of the practical usage of it.

 

Design and Creative Skills Sessions

The design and creative skills sessions included learning and understanding some of the design software’s like photoshop, illustrator, etc. Participants had the opportunity to learn and try their hand at a variety of design software such as Microsoft word, PowerPoint presentation, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

Participants learned about the key do’s and don’ts of basic design and had the chance to have a go at designing their own presentation, logo and flyer.

 

Soft Skills Sessions

The softer skills sessions delivered were based around building transferable skills such as goal setting, self-management and increasing confidence. Through group activities, role plays and interactive discussions, participants had the opportunity to connect with one another and share ideas and opinions.

Feedback

  • I learnt about Twitter, Tumbler and Pinterest. I like the group discussions.
  • This session was very informative. I am now able to understand different social media.
  • I enjoyed taking part in the discussions.
  • I really liked when we were taught us about Facebook in detail.
  • Today’s session was very informative. It was great to share ideas. I learnt how to create an email address. I learned new skills today.
  • I would be interested in similar projects.
  • It is very helpful for people who are confused and struggling. It gave me a lot more knowledge.
  • I learned Illustrator skills, Design skills and Art equipment.
  • The session organised by Designcore on Effective Marketing was really very useful. Especially in strategy of effective marketing i.e. what, why, when, how and where. It would be very useful for young people who are trying to find jobs in any field. To me this type of session was very useful and hence should be organised frequently.
  • This session has been a very useful session which will help me further in my future goals.
  • I feel much more confident after taking this course.

 

 

 

 

Outcomes

  • Encouraged confidence in those actively seeking work
  • Allowed people to gain skills in design.
  • Ensured participants were confident using emails, technology and social media.
  • Participants shared ideas and thoughts through group discussions.
  • Participants were able to set targets and goals for personal development.
  • Inspired participants to develop creative skills further.
  • Help participants discover new passions and talents.
  • Encouraged participant to look at new ways towards employment.

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