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Understanding mental capacity free course icon Level Badge icon

Health, Sports & Psychology

Understanding mental capacity

This free course, Understanding mental capacity, covers the principles and criteria underpinning the assessment of mental capacity and decision making in the UK.

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24 hrs
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Succeed in the workplace free course icon Level Badge icon

Education & Development

Succeed in the workplace

Do you want to change jobs, are you just starting in the job market or may be returning after a break? If so, then this free course, Succeed in the workplace, is for you. It will help you explore career opportunities. You will also gain the skills to write strong CVs and application forms, and to handle different types of interviews. By the end ...

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24 hrs
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Personal branding for career success free course icon Level Badge icon

Money & Business

Personal branding for career success

This free course, Personal branding for career success, considers what a personal brand is and whether you currently have one. You’ll look in detail at theories and examples of personal branding, and relevant marketing processes and practices. You’ll identify the values, skills, knowledge and expertise that you want to promote to employers, and ...

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24 hrs
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Risk management free course icon Level Badge icon

Money & Business

Risk management

Recent decades have seen an array of news stories where risk management failings have undermined an organisation and dented the credibility of its management. These failings have led to the demise of some companies – for example Lehman Brothers, World-Com and Enron. Worse than this, in many instances the failings have resulted in deaths and ...

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24 hrs
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Talk the talk free course icon Level

Education & Development

Talk the talk

This free course introduces the mechanics of effective, persuasive oral presentations, by giving you the opportunity to analyse examples and then create your own. Using resources such as TED Talk videos, you will see how experts deliver professional talks and famous speeches, observe what works, and identify how language connects ideas and keeps...

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12 hrs
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Exploring career mentoring and coaching free course icon Level Badge icon

Money & Business

Exploring career mentoring and coaching

This free course, Exploring career mentoring and coaching, will explain what mentors and career coaches do and how a colleague or expert who can ask the right questions, challenge assumptions, and help an individual to find the best solutions for themselves, can make a significant difference in a wide range of situations and contexts.

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24 hrs
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Leadership and followership free course icon Level Badge icon

Education & Development

Leadership and followership

This free course, Leadership and followership, will help you to explore what makes a good leader, recognise common leadership challenges, and identify the skills you need to develop if you want to enhance your own leadership experience.

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24 hrs
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Money & Business

Understanding your sector

This free course, Understanding your sector, will help you to understand the difference between sectors, industries and professions. It will also help you to gain the inside knowledge to impress in applications and at interviews and to put together an action plan that is tailored to you.

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24 hrs
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Sure, I know how to talk to people! free course icon Level

Money & Business

Sure, I know how to talk to people!

This free course is one in a series focusing on leadership, decision-making and communication in the context of policing within the community. This particular session focuses on communication skills and specifically looks at how to build rapport and get the most out of conversations in community settings. It introduces a psychological model ...

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4 hrs
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Introducing the voluntary sector free course icon Level Badge icon

Money & Business

Introducing the voluntary sector

This free course, Introducing the voluntary sector, will guide you through some of the distinctive features and values of the voluntary sector, how organisations are funded and involve volunteers and other ‘stakeholders’ in their work. It will also provide you with knowledge and skills you can apply to your own work or volunteering as well as ...

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24 hrs
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Professional relationships with young people free course icon Level

Health, Sports & Psychology

Professional relationships with young people

In some people's eyes the development of relationships is a good end in itself, as it is in relationships that we express our humanity. Young people with few good-quality relationships in their lives often find that entering into informal relationships with adults who respect, accept, like and really listen to them is a new life experience. ...

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8 hrs
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Communication and working relationships in sport and fitness free course icon Level Badge icon

Health, Sports & Psychology

Communication and working relationships in sport and fitness

This free course, Communication and working relationships in sport and fitness, explores the personal skills that underpin so much work in sport and gyms. We often hear employers refer to the importance of these interpersonal relationships or ‘soft skills’ in sport and fitness, and in this unique course you’ll build valuable insights into ...

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24 hrs