Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Learning update Feb 2011

Did you know that you could be entitled to FREE training in the local library? At Wimbledon Library, the Exchange Training Group offer a variety of courses which includes Literacy and Numeracy (English and Maths to us older people!!) up to Level 2. What is Level 2 you ask? A Level 2 qualification is the equivalent of a GCSE (O Level) grade A-C. This is currently free and so are the beginners computer courses. They also offer a range of subsidised courses in topics such as Customer Service, Management, Business Administration, Personal Development and Team Leading to name but a few.If you are interested in any of these please call the Exchange Training Group on 020-89465485 or visit
Whilst on the subject of Wimbledon Library, why not support and join your local library? It is a fantastic facility and membership allows you, not only to borrow books, cds and dvds, but also allows use of the internet accessible computers FREE of charge on an hourly basis. Just take along some ID and you can sign up there and then.This also lends support to the numerous campaigns that are currently running to save libraries from closure in the current climate.

World Book Day takes place on the 3rd March 2011. If it is a while since you picked up a book, why not make this day the day you start reading again.
Every year thousands of events are organised in schools, bookshops, libraries and other venues to celebrate World Book Day.
So have a look in your local library or bookshop or alternatively visit for events and news for all the family.
On the book theme, some of you may be aware that we have a bookswap club in operation at Wimbledon. Put simply, this is a bookshelf in the mess room
where staff can borrow and bring in books. It works like a mini library. If this is something you would like in your workplace,
please contact Mark Manwaring at Wimbledon on 07921 716158.

For those of you with a computer and internet access at home, if you are interested in free online training courses,
I have found a very good website called ALISON is the world's leading FREE on-line learning resource for basic and essential workplace skills.
ALISON provides high-quality, engaging, interactive multimedia courseware for certification and standards-based learning. All courses on ALISON are
accessible for FREE to individual learners.
Also worth a look is, on this site there are also several FREE on-line courses that you can participate in,
as well as careers and training advice.