“I’m in my mid-fifties with a varied career behind me and wanted to explore options going forward. I am interested in supporting or caring roles but didn’t have qualifications and wasn’t sure which areas interested me most. I do know there’s a skills gap and there are always jobs being advertised.
“I had heard that On Course was a professional and trusted place to gain qualifications and training, and it had a good reputation for learners. I work part time on variable shift patterns and as I earn below a certain threshold, courses were free to me.
“On Course helped me to decide on an online course, which gave me access to flexible learning that fits around my needs. I live in a village and can’t always commit to a regular class because of my shift patterns and distances involved in attending. I also prefer to challenge myself at my own speed.
“Mental health has always interested me. I decided to study a level 2 qualification in
Awareness of Mental Health and the course gave me a broader understanding of the subject and
raised my interest even further. I enjoyed reading and learning at a much deeper level than the
course required to progress and it was easy to submit the responses online – there’s lot of
support from the team.
“I decided, after some research and discussion with professional acquaintances, that doing a level 2 course in Counselling would be useful and it would complement what I had learned already. The knowledge that it gave me will be very useful when used in conjunction with the Awareness of Mental Health. I am now looking towards progressing qualifications in mental health to improve my knowledge and work opportunities.
“The challenge of learning something new and gaining qualifications has done my confidence the world of good. This was the first formal learning, other than work related courses, that I had undertaken in over three decades. My family framed my certificates because they are so proud of me. Now I have a part time job caring for an elderly person struggling with old age, and my qualifications have helped me to do this professionally.”
I managed to pass my GCSE, probably one of the oldest learners at age 64. Now I’m looking to get back into learning and hopefully take an A level in maths.”
Studying English Functional Skills, I now have an improved confidence and I can walk around with my head held high.
Helped me find the real me. I now have the confidence and the qualification to find myself a job. Thank you to my tutors who believed in me and pushed me to my limits it sure has paid off.
I have now passed both my functional skills courses and am currently studying for GCSE’s. I must admit it’s much better and I am way more confident.”
Everybody’s really welcoming, and nobody judges you, and you can be who you want to be. It’s just a great way to get going.
Just started the Introduction to Counselling Course & it is excellent!
Really enjoyed the Introduction to Training course. The trainer’s style was creative and engaging. Would recommend to anyone.
I recently attended two of the free workshops and I was amazed how much I learnt, the tutors were very passionate about the craft they were teaching and the fact we all got to bring items home that we made was so wonderful. I would recommend to anybody.
I’ve just received my results and have passed both my GCSE English & Maths. I left school in 1988. Getting the chance to redo them was a great opportunity for me. Such a good feeling to have passed, onwards and upwards for me.