Gaining New Qualifications with The Skills Network

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When I first became a parent I often felt that my career at the time didn’t really suit our lifestyle, that I had changed so much as a person since I started my job and that, as a parent, I had a lot of new skills that could also be transferred to the work place. But, the skills we have as parents aren’t formal qualifications. Yes, we can multitask, we are completely in-tune to our child’s needs and we can keep a hundred plates spinning at once. But, sometimes you need something more formal to take into an interview with you.

The Skills Network have so many different courses that you can do from home – around jobs, families and day to day life. They cover all different sectors from Finance to Business to Health and Hospitality but the courses that really jump out at me are the ones that would be perfect for any parent.

The Level 2 Introducing Caring for Children and Young People certificate is a 12 week course that explores how children’s development can be influenced by factors such as nutrition whilst gaining an understanding of the various safeguarding responsibilities of those who care for children and young people. The qualification also covers the importance of activities, play and interaction in childhood and it teaches how to contribute positively to the development of children and young people at different stages.

It sounds like a great qualification for anyone looking to work with children or to build on their existing qualifications and life skills. Plus, the assessments are all online making it such a seamless way to study and gain a new qualification.

What’s more, The Skills Network offer the course fully funded if you meet the eligibility criteria. For this, you must be 19 or over and be living in England, having lived in the EU for at least three years. You must also be new to this course with The Skills Network and not registered with another provider. This means that so many people could gain a new qualification at no cost. Usually, the course has a cost of £299.

The Level 2 Introducing Caring for Children and Young People certificate would be a great string to add to anyone’s bow, giving you something new to add to your CV and helping you make a step towards your future career.

I’ve been looking at the wide range of courses that The Skills Network have available and they have so many options that would be relevant to me in my current role – as a blogger – but also many that would really help give me confidence and a push in the right direction if I chose a new career path.

You can find out more about the Level 2 Introducing Caring for Children and Young People certificate over on The Skills Network website.

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  1. March 23, 2018 / 7:08 pm

    Sounds like they have some great and relevant options which is really exciting!

  2. March 23, 2018 / 8:54 pm

    I think that it is really wonderful that online learning like this can open doors for so many people these days. There really is no skill or knowledge that is inaccessible for those with the willpower and an internet connection. Some great choices here 🙂

  3. March 23, 2018 / 9:36 pm

    What a great idea. I’ve done quite a few online courses but hadn’t heard of this company until I read your post.

  4. Beth
    March 24, 2018 / 8:59 am

    Just had a look and there are great health related courses available- I’ve been thinking of re-training for a while now (as on maternity leave and no job to get back to) so thanks for posting!!

  5. March 24, 2018 / 9:50 pm

    That is such a good idea; as a parent it’s probably a really useful course to do! X

  6. March 25, 2018 / 11:26 am

    I love the opportunities online learning gives us – it’s never too late to learn a new skill or trade x

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