Community Learning Courses

First Point Training offers a wide range of courses that reflects the needs of the learner.

Courses can be offered to learners depending on skill range, qualifications, and vocational interests.

We want to make a difference for people and communities by helping them to overcome barriers to learning, training and employment opportunities.

POSITIVE 4 PEOPLE
POSITIVE 4 PEOPLE

About the Course
Our Positive 4 People programme has been designed specifically for people who have faced disadvantage in their lives. This includes barriers such as learning difficulties, low level mental health, recovery from illness, substance misuse, or limited life chances. We don’t label or judge people, everyone is treated with the same respect.

What will I learn?
Positive 4 People is a holistic programme and has been designed to nurture individuals and help build their emotional resilience to cope with everyday life. We adopt an asset-based approach which is individual to each learner, exploring their personal interests and strengths. We create a therapeutic environment to work on areas such as building confidence and self-esteem, and coping strategies to empower the learner to improve the quality of their life and have a positive impact on their mental health.

Areas we focus on are Wellbeing & Recovery, Sport & Fitness, Employability and Creativity.

Is the course right for me?
This course is designed for those who need additional support to maximize their personal potential and ensure they are aware of all available opportunities. Learners must be 19 or over, be in receipt of benefits and live in County Durham.

What qualification will I receive?
On successful completion of this course learners will receive a Positive 4 People achievement award. As the course comes to an end, we also ensure everyone has a progression pathway in place whether this is progression into further training, work or a volunteering position. Future ongoing support is offered to all our learners.

Where is the training?
We deliver all our training in communities across the North East. Our main training suite is in Meadowfield Industrial Estate in Durham.

How long will it take?
This course runs over 8 sessions (1 per week).

What will it cost?
This course is fully funded at no cost to the learner.

ON THE ROAD (for Durham Works)
ON THE ROAD (for Durham Works)

DurhamWorks is a partnership project between Durham County Council and 16 organisations working together to support young people who are not in education, employment or training.

About the Course
Our On The Road programme encourages young people aged 16-24 years to lead a healthy, happy and active life. We offer full support to people who have experienced barriers in their lives and encourage people to build on their personal skills, experience and dreams.

What will I learn?
On The Road is a holistic programme and has been designed to nurture individuals and to help build participants’ resilience, raise their self-esteem and confidence to pursue employment. We equip individuals with coping strategies and skills which will have a positive effect on their well-being and teach them creative and positive thinking and the ability to set goals and make and maintain positive changes within their lives.

Areas we focus on are Wellbeing & Recovery, Sport & Fitness, Employability and Creativity.

Is the course right for me?
This course is designed for candidates who are 16 – 24 years old, not in employment, education or training who need additional support to maximize their personal potential to make positive changes and get into employment.

What qualification will I receive?
On successful completion of this course you will receive a On The Road achievement award. As the course comes to an end, we also ensure everyone has a progression pathway in place whether this is progression into further training, work or a volunteering position. Future ongoing support is offered to all our learners.

Where is the training?
We deliver all our training in communities across the North East. Our main training suite is in Meadowfield Industrial Estate in Durham.

How long will it take?
This course runs over 8 sessions (1 per week).

What will it cost?
This course is fully funded at no cost to the learner.

PEER MENTORING
PEER MENTORING

About the Course
Peer mentoring takes place between two or more people who have lived through similar life experiences. This means the mentor has a full understanding of the issues faced by the mentee. The job of peer mentors is to provide support, a helping hand, encouragement, and information to learners both during teaching sessions and outside the classroom. This programme has been created to fulfil the needs of organisations and the clients that First Point Training work within the community. It has also been identified for the need to provide training programs and support for those organisations that deal with a range of complex issues, to give an in-house support mechanism for future persons with complex needs.

The benefits of a peer mentor includes:
• 24hr support
• Good listener
• Positive role model
• Non-judgemental
• Empathy
• Can offer informed advice

What will I learn?
The three units cover a range of skills, knowledge and understanding of the role of the peer mentor. Learners will be able to prepare and understand the role of a mentor, and then demonstrate mentoring skills and techniques through observations by their assessors.
It also provides opportunities for successful learners to progress into mentor roles within the organisations they are associated with once they have completed the programme.

Is the course right for me?
This programme is aimed at persons who are recovering from drug and alcohol misuse, mental health issues and ex-offenders or those who have overcome barriers in their lives, with significant life experience, who have advice and guidance to pass on to those in similar situations.

What qualification will I receive?
On successful completion of this course you will receive an accredited qualification in Peer Mentoring through Highfield Awarding Body

Where is the training?
We deliver all our training in communities across the North East. Our main training suite is in Meadowfield Industrial Estate in Durham.

How long will it take?
This course runs over 4 days. 3 Classroom days and 1 working from home.
37 guided learning hours per learner

What will it cost?
£75.00 per person (minimum of 6 per group) Discount available for larger groups.

FUNCTIONAL SKILLS
FUNCTIONAL SKILLS

About the Course
Functional Skills are nationally recognised qualifications in Maths and English which will help you develop skills that you can use in your work and your home life. Functional Skills qualifications support the development of practical skills in English, Maths and ICT, and are designed to help learners gain the most out of work, education and everyday life.

Is the course right for me?
Functional Skills are ideal for learners who do not have an up-to-date English or Maths qualification and would like to get on in work or access further education.

What qualification will I receive?
We offer the option of Level 1 or Level 2.

Functional Skills at Level 2 is equivalent to a GCSE at Grade A-C and can often be used to enable learners to access higher education courses.

Where is the training?
We deliver all our training in communities across the North East. Our main training suite is in Meadowfield Industrial Estate in Durham.

How long will it take?
Optional

What will it cost?
Please contact for further information.

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