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Spruce up your skills by studying a FREE course at home

Dozens of free courses are available to study with Lakes College from the comfort of your own home.

Whether you want to learn new skills for yourself, or spruce up for knowledge to improve your career prospects, the online education programme covers a wide variety of subject areas.

The courses are flexible so students can fit them around their regular commitments, with courses typically taking 10 to 15 hours to complete.

Ann Lynch, 41, from Distington, has completed seven of the Distance Learning courses so far.

They support her role as a support worker in a care agency, as Ann said it’s helps her keep up to date with changes in the Health and Social Care sector.

And, would she recommend the courses to others? “Yes, defintely,” said Ann.

“Since signing up for Distance Learning I have had the sam tutor for all of my courses,” she added. “She is a lovely lady and has always been very supportive and encouraging – nothing has ever been a bother to her.”

As Ann started her first course 5 years ago, she started by using the handwritten assessment books. Due to the Covid situation, all work is now completed online.

She said: “I spend my time completing them when I’m not at work. During the day when my husband is at work and the kids are at school the house is nice and quiet, or also at night when the boys have gone upstairs.

“I would definitely recommend these courses. They are really simple and you gain a lot of knowledge. The knowledge books are really easy to follow with prompts on which page to read to answer which questions.

“There is a wide variety of subjects to choose. They are not really long, time-consuming courses to do either and are easy to complete in the timescale you are given or even sooner depending how much time you are able to spend doing them.

“I have personally never had any trouble completing them even whilst working, running my home and trying to be there as often as possible to support my three boys when they played rugby and football.”

Lakes College’s distance learning courses are provided under the Government’s Adult Education Budget and are free to anyone over 19, subject to eligibility checks.

The courses lead to Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications, and include team leading, lean organisation management techniques, customer service, business admin, data protection and data security, warehousing and storage, retail operations, digital skills, understanding autism, children and young people’s mental health, dementia care, safe handling of medication, end of life care and understanding nutrition.

There is no limit to the amount of courses you can take, and many students find themselves moving straight onto another after completion.

Find out more and apply here