West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges

[re]boot courses

[re]boot Courses

COVID-19: Please continue to enquire about these courses. Our colleges are currently scheduling the online delivery of the courses below, please register your interest and we will contact you with further details about start dates and training methods.

These free (fully-funded) short courses* can fit around your existing work or family commitments and help you to gain employment or skills in construction, engineering or digital industries and roles.

What's in it for you?

Gain new skills and qualifications and improve your chances of progressing your career.

Who can apply?

You are eligible to apply if you are over the age of 18, employed and you live in Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield or York districts.

Are you employed and would like to develop new skills to progress your career or considering a career change?

If you’ve answered yes to the above then [re]boot could be for you!

This project supports Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) all-age careers and inspiration campaign, #futuregoals, by providing relevant content and practical courses to address the skills shortages in our region.[re]boot is part-funded by the European Social Fund.

*Please note: Individuals may undertake multiple courses however only one course can be fully-funded (free). Any subsequent courses will be charged at full cost.

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Digital Marketing: How to Use Metrics and Analytics

Course provider: Leeds City College

Industry: Digital

Dates: Rolling registration, start anytime

Level: 3 (unit)

Duration: Eight Weeks

Venue: Online (remote teaching, learn at home)

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Digital Marketing: How to Use Metrics and Analytics

This course will equip you with the knowledge and skills to understand and use data that is vital in supporting digital marketing campaigns.

You will gain an understanding in how analytics can be used to optimise digital marketing campaigns, and how metrics of digital marketing are generated.

This course can lead to employment in Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), Digital Marketing, Pay Per Click and Online Content Developer roles.

How will you study?

Training will be over eight weeks

Two x 15 minute one to one tutorials at weeks three and six, or thereabouts.

Two hours each week teaching - followed by workshop time where you will have access to support.

Planned research or YouTube resources to view

All resources will be placed on Google classrooms

Assignments will be handed in via Google classrooms

Hangouts/Zoom to deliver teaching element

Please note: Taught sessions will be Tuesdays 10am - 11.30am, and Thursdays 6.00pm- 7.30pm.

One to one sessions will be predominantly be on a Friday, times agreed with the learners and the tutor


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Remote Working Skills with Mailchimp Marketing Taster

Course provider: Calderdale College

Industry: Digital

Dates: Rolling registration, start anytime

Level: 3 (unit)

Duration: One month

Venue: Online (remote teaching, learn at home)

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Remote Working Skills with Mailchimp Marketing Taster

In these uncertain times, remote working has become vital to enable businesses to continue to function and communicate effectively.

This online course will introduce participants to a broad range of remote working, skills tips and techniques, with an additional focus on personal wellbeing and work/life balance enabling them to develop working practices to increase their efficiency and maximise return on time invested for themselves and their employer.

Impact for employees

Employees will:

  • Gain the digital skills and knowledge required to reduce the constraints faced with remote digital working
  • Develop an understanding of how to effectively manage work/life balance when working remotely
  • Achieve unit accreditation from ILM in working remotely, demonstrating a range of the key digital skills that are in high demand in today’s labour market

Impact for employers:

  • Increased efficiency of individuals and teams that are working remotely
  • Supporting employee wellbeing and motivation, when operating remotely
  • Development of a workforce that harnesses the endless opportunities of digital remote working

Assessment Task:

Participants will be required to provide an outline of the advantages and disadvantages for both businesses and remote workers of operating remotely. They will extend this with an explanation of how a range of constraints on operating remotely impact on both the enterprise and the remote worker. Participants will then describe the principal features of how to maximise a range of opportunities for businesses by working remotely.

In addition to course content, 'wrap around' content will be provided focusing on Mailchimp. This will enable remote workers to bring their audience data, marketing channels, and insights together so they can reach their goals more effectively. With Mailchimp, remote workers can promote their business across email, social, landing pages, postcards, and more.

Following this course you may be more likely to progress into roles where you are largely working independently (freelance roles, for example), roles that require the knowledge and skills to use and manage digital information, roles requiring an understanding of digital marketing.

How will you study?

You will need to commit to three hours study and eight hours for assessment completion and submission (total 11 hours).

All participants will have access to a named tutor, online forums and there will be regular reviews throughout the course.

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How to Communicate and Collaborate Online

Course provider: Shipley College

Industry: Digital

Dates: Rolling registration, start anytime

Level: 2 short course

Duration: Up to five weeks

Venue: Online (remote teaching, learn at home)

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How to Communicate and Collaborate Online

Learn how to communicate and collaborate online using a range of technology.

On completion of this course you may progress to roles where you need to have the knowledge and skills to use and manage digital information, keep yourself and others safe when using digital devices and communicate and collaborate online.

How will I study?

You will receive one to one support with feedback provided.

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How to Effectively Use and Manage Online Information

Course provider: Shipley College

Industry: Digital

Dates: Rolling registration, start anytime

Level: 2 short course

Duration: Up to three weeks

Venue: Online (remote teaching, learn at home)

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How to effectively use and manage online information

This course covers how to search for and select appropriate information to meet personal and organisational needs. Learners will understand how to evaluate the information they find, understand copyright, and be able to store information in line with organisational procedures.

Once you have completed this course you maybe employable in roles where you need to have the knowledge and skills to use and manage digital information, keep yourself and others safe when using digital devices and communicate and collaborate online.

How will I study?

You will receive one to one support with feedback provided.

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Progressing Your Career in Digital

Course provider: Shipley College

Industry: Digital

Dates: Rolling registration, start anytime

Level: 2 short course

Duration: Up to three weeks

Venue: Online (remote teaching, learn at home)

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Progressing Your Career in Digital

This course will cover how to manage and promote your digital reputation and online identity. You will be able to use social media and the internet to search and prepare applications for voluntary and paid employment and use technology to facilitate personal and professional learning and career progression.

How will I study?

You will carry out independent online learning with a workbook and tutor support via email where needed.

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Principles of Digital Marketing

Course provider: Shipley College

Industry: Digital

Dates: Rolling registration, start anytime

Level: 2 short course

Duration: Up to five weeks

Venue: Online (remote teaching, learn at home)

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Principles of Digital Marketing

This course aims to provide learners with an understanding of the role of digital marketing and integral elements such as search engine optimisation (SEO), internet market research, digital marketing devices and technology.

How will I study?

You will carry out independent online learning with a workbook and tutor support via email where needed. You will receive assessment feedback.


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How to Publish, Integrate and Share Using Social Media

Course provider: Shipley College

Industry: Digital

Dates: Rolling registration, start anytime

Level: 2 short course

Duration: Up to five weeks

Venue: Online (remote teaching, learn at home)

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How to Publish, Integrate and Share Using Social Media

The aim of this short course is to develop the knowledge and understanding to publish, integrate and share using social media. You will be able to identify the main networks and their features used in social media and why they would use them. You will also be able to identify the benefits and risks of networking on social media for an organisation.

This course may encourage progression to roles where you need to have the knowledge and skills to publish, integrate and share using social media.

How will I study?

You will carry out independent online learning with a workbook and tutor support via email where needed.

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Introduction to Web Development

Course provider: Harrogate College

Industry: Digital

Dates: Wednesday 3 June - Wednesday 22 July (Wednesday evenings 5-7pm)

Level: 2 (unit)

Venue: Online (remote teaching, learn at home)

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Introduction to Web Development

Suitable for individuals who are interested in building new skills to progress their careers in web development, or individuals considering a change into a digital role.

This course covers the creation and maintenance of websites is critical to most organisations. Web development is important role in the digital sector, with many organisations employing in-house web developers or utilising web developer skills via a digital agency.

This short course will provide an introduction to web development which includes providing participants with information on the uses and features of websites. As part of the course, participants will design, develop and test a website, and review the finished website.

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IT Security – How to Protect Data, Hardware and Software

Course provider: Shipley College

Industry: Digital

Dates: Monday 15 June

Level: 3 (unit)

Duration: Six weeks

Venue: Online (remote teaching, learn at home)

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IT Security – How to Protect Data, Hardware and Software

This course includes Cisco Introduction to Cyber Security (Level 3).

This course will help you to select, use and develop appropriate procedures to monitor and minimise security risk to IT systems and data.

Following this course, you may like to progress to roles where you need to have the knowledge and skills to keep yourself and others safe when using digital devices and communicate and collaborate online, and have an understanding of appropriate procedures to monitor and minimise security risk to IT systems and data.

How will I study?

Online taught sessions - Mondays and Fridays 9.30-11.30am

This course runs for 6 weeks until Monday 27 July 2020.

The course includes online tutor support sessions and one to one tutorials

**Learners must have a keen interest in Cyber Security**


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Cyber security – Protecting IT Systems and Data

Course provider: Shipley College

Industry: Digital

Dates: Thursday 18 June (enrolment anytime after this date)

Level: 2

Duration: Three weeks

Venue: Online (remote teaching, learn at home)

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Cyber security – Protecting IT Systems and Data

This course provides learners with knowledge of common threats to ICT systems and data and ways to protect ICT systems from these threats. You will also understand how to protect data within an organisation.

Following this course, you may like to consider working in roles where you need to have the knowledge and skills to understand the basic cyber security threats that exist in organisations. This could lead to career options in IT networking and Data security.

How will I study?

Through an online workbook with access to online tutor led sessions.

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CISCO IT Essentials

Course provider: Leeds City College

Industry: Digital

Dates: Monday 6 July (Mondays 6-9pm)

Level: 3

Duration: 14 weeks

Venue: Online (remote teaching, learn at home)

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CISCO IT Essentials

This course offers a hands-on, career-oriented learning experience to help individuals develop fundamental computer skills and prepare them for entry into ICT careers.

The Cisco IT Essentials course could be an exciting first step that leads to a new career within the digital sector, or enables you to further develop your career in this industry.

This course has an emphasis on practical activities to help individuals develop fundamental skills around computer hardware, mobile device hardware, software, and concepts of networking and security.

The course will enable individuals to learn to: install, configure, and troubleshoot computers and mobile devices; identify common security threats like phishing and spoofing; and develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills using real equipment.

Upon completion individuals may be able to progress within their current role or gain entry into digital marketplace as an ICT professional.

How will I study?

You will learn through various methods adapted to need. These will include tutor-led sessions, group support and online material provided with hands on practical activities

Please note: You will need to have a computer capable of running Virtualbox and have at least 50Gb of disc space with minimum of 4Gb of memory but more preferable 8Gb or 16GB .

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Boosting Digital Productivity – Collaborative Technology Skills

Course provider: Leeds City College

Industry: Digital

Dates: June 2020

Level: 1 (NOCN) Unit: Using Collaborative Technologies

Duration: Ten weeks - flexible, online learning

Venue: Online (learn at home)

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Boosting Digital Productivity – Collaborative Technology Skills

This course will provide individuals with the skills to collaborate using digital programmes that boost productivity, enable effective communication and support remote working.

You will learn how to stay staff and secure working with collaborative technology, and to plan and prepare tools and devices for collaborative working.

Following this course you will have developed some of the skills necessary to work within a digital field where using collaborative technology is essential. For example, working within a digital agency, or going on to further develop skills necessary to work within a digital, agile project management setting.

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Hybrid Vehicle Routine Maintenance

Course provider: Kirklees College

Industry: Engineering and Motor Vehicle

Dates: Currently being scheduled - enquire to register your interest

Level: 2

Duration: Either two (five hour) days, or three evening sessions - a total of 10 hours learning

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Hybrid Vehicle Routine Maintenance

This course is for people who may encounter electric/hybrid vehicles in a routine maintenance situation. The course will develop the knowledge and skills required to work safely around a vehicle that may have had damage to its high energy/electrical system (not voltage components or systems).

The course will be made up of theory and practical sessions and could lead to the Level 3 Award in Electric/Hybrid Vehicle System Repair and Replacement.

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Introductory Award Building Information Modelling (BIM)

Course provider: Wakefield College

Industry: Construction

Dates: Currently being scheduled - enquire to register your interest

Level: 3

Duration: Two weeks

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Introductory Award Building Information Modelling (BIM)

This course is aimed at people currently working in the sector looking to develop a knowledge on BIM or those working as tradespersons looking to gain a technical insight/skill.

Learners will gain knowledge of fundamental concepts associated with BIM; from knowledge of key terminology to the principles and standards associated with BIM implementation in the UK. They will develop an understanding of the drivers leading to BIM implementation, the barriers to success and the benefits that can be gained.

Learners will then be able to progress to Implementation of BIM, which provides the underpinning knowledge and understanding needed to support decision making, to plan the introduction of BIM in an organisation, and learn about the implementation process.

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Turning, Milling and Welding Techniques

Course provider: Leeds City College

Industry: Engineering

Dates: Currently being scheduled - enquire to register your interest

Level: 2 (unit of)

Duration: Three full days (days TBC)

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Turning, Milling and Welding Techniques

The training session offered in this project will provide instruction and guidance on producing an engineered product from the planning and design stage through to completion.

Learners can take advantage of being able to use the college’s milling machines, lathe machines, fabrication and welding equipment.

Further to the practical training session, we will also look in detail at the different career opportunities that are available within engineering and how these can be accessed.

The session will conclude with a presentation of the final product and a summary of the skills developed.

This course is aimed at those currently in engineering sector interested in gaining additional skills and progression and those interested in moving into the engineering sector.

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Hybrid Electric Vehicle Operation and Maintenance

Course provider: Bradford College

Industry: Engineering and Motor Vehicle

Dates: Currently being scheduled - enquire to register your interest

Level: 2

Duration: Two full days

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Hybrid Electric Vehicle Operation and Maintenance

The training session offered in this project will provide instruction and guidance on producing an engineered product from the planning and design stage through to completion.

Learners can take advantage of being able to use the college’s milling machines, lathe machines, fabrication and welding equipment.

Further to the practical training session, we will also look in detail at the different career opportunities that are available within engineering and how these can be accessed.

The session will conclude with a presentation of the final product and a summary of the skills developed.

This course is aimed at those currently in engineering sector interested in gaining additional skills and progression and those interested in moving into the engineering sector.

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