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Effective communication in the workplace free course icon Level Badge icon

Money & Business 

Effective communication in the workplace

This free course, Effective communication in the workplace, explores the importance of communication as a skill in the workplace. It aims to increase your understanding of communication skills and to help you to consider how your communication could be perceived by others. You'll cover areas such as verbal and non-verbal communication, written communication and using your communication skills to overcome challenging situations.

Free course
24 hrs
Leadership challenges in turbulent times free course icon Level

Money & Business 

Leadership challenges in turbulent times

Welcome to Leadership challenges in turbulent times, a free course offered by the Open University. We are excited to join you on your journey to explore leadership in the turbulent times that we live in. In this short course you will have the opportunity to understand and explain how leadership changes in accordance to the needs of the turbulent environments that we experience. You will also explore the leadership challenges that can affect leadership effectiveness and will seek ways to successfully face these challenges. We really hope that you will enjoy studying this Open Learn course.

Free course
6 hrs
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Exploring economics: the secret life of t-shirts free course icon Level

Society, Politics & Law 

Exploring economics: the secret life of t-shirts

This free course, Exploring economics: the secret life of t-shirts, aims to describe what goes into making and selling t-shirts. Which resources, which markets, who is involved, the income people get, the income and value they create are all discussed. You will explore these questions at different stages of the production of a t-shirt, and you'll use concepts from economics such as 'supply chains' or 'value added' to answer them. The course will be described using data. You should think about key numbers and data which help constructing evidence of how a t-shirt is produced, from raw cotton to our wardrobe.

Free course
6 hrs
Developing leadership practice in voluntary organisations free course icon Level

Money & Business 

Developing leadership practice in voluntary organisations

This free course, Developing leadership practice in voluntary organisations, provides an opportunity for people who work within voluntary organisations, as paid employees or staff, to develop energetic, practical and thoughtful leadership practice. 

Free course
15 hrs
Collaborative leadership in voluntary organisations free course icon Level

Money & Business 

Collaborative leadership in voluntary organisations

This free course, Collaborative leadership in voluntary organisations, will help you to reflect on and develop collaborative leadership practices that will make a difference. The course is aimed at people who work within voluntary organisations as paid staff or as volunteers or for people who work regularly with voluntary organisations, such as public sector staff or politicians.

Free course
24 hrs
Entrepreneurship – from ideas to reality free course icon Level Badge icon

Money & Business 

Entrepreneurship – from ideas to reality

This free course, Entrepreneurship: from ideas to reality, is about starting and running your own business. Using case studies it will take you through the decisions from generating initial ideas through to deciding what you will do and how to establish your business and grow it. It will guide you through business models, funding options, business types and the influence of location and importantly assessment of your own skills, values and attitudes to risk. It is focused on practical advice from real entrepreneurs, and will signpost learners to where they can find additional support and how they can further develop their own capabilities.

Free course
24 hrs
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Investment risk free course icon Level

Money & Business 

Investment risk

Risk, in a financial context, is a synonym for uncertainty. This free course will allow those with some background knowledge of the area to explore investment risk. You will examine how and why investors are risk-averse and look at the risk factors involved in making a decision to invest.

Free course
6 hrs
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Defnyddio gwaith gwirfoddol i gamu ymlaen yn y farchnad swyddi free course icon Level

Money & Business 

Defnyddio gwaith gwirfoddol i gamu ymlaen yn y farchnad swyddi

Mae'r course hon yn ystyried i sut y gall ymgymryd â gwaith gwirfoddol wella eich cyfleoedd cyflogaeth.

Free course
12 hrs
Understanding the environment: Learning and communication free course icon Level

Nature & Environment 

Understanding the environment: Learning and communication

There is increasing recognition that the reductionist mindset that is currently dominating society, rooted in unlimited economic growth unperceptive to its social and environmental impact, cannot resolve the converging environmental, social and economic crises we now face. The primary aim of this free course, Understanding the environment: Learning and communication, is to encourage the shift away from reductionist and human centred thinking towards a holistic and ecological worldview. This is the second course in the 'Understanding the environment' series. For more information, see the introductory session here.

Free course
12 hrs
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Discovering management free course icon Level

Money & Business 

Discovering management

This free course, Discovering management, introduces you to the role of the manager. It covers management activities looking at leadership, human resources, finance, project management, change management, operations management and stakeholder management.

Free course
15 hrs
Managing my money free course icon Level

Money & Business 

Managing my money

This free course, Managing my money, allows you to gain the skills to manage your personal finances: managing budgets, debts, investments, property purchase, pensions and insurance.

Free course
24 hrs
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Money & Business 

Empowering communities

This free course, Empowering communities, discusses the most common forms of community empowerment, and explores the barriers to community empowerment and ways that these can be overcome. It will conclude by looking at crime and criminality: a particular challenge that can ----- if communities are not sufficiently empowered and supported.This course was produced by The Open University in association with the Police Service of Northern Ireland. 

Free course
4 hrs
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