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Community Learning Ambassadors

Community Learning Ambassadors

Community Learning Ambassadors engage with the local community across Bolton, raising awareness of learning opportunities that could benefit individuals who want to upskill, or new learners looking to take that first step back into learning.

 

They provide information on, and signposting to, a wide range of opportunities at the College’s Deane Road Campus and Community Learning Centres, including Adult Apprenticeships and courses from Entry Level to Level 4, as well as Higher Education. Their remit has expanded to cover full-time study programmes and Apprenticeships for young people aged 16-18.

  • How do I become a Community Learning Ambassador?

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    You simply apply to your nearest Learning Centre. An informal interview will be arranged and, at this point, you can ask any questions.

     

    You can also talk to some Learning Ambassadors to find out more about their experiences to help you decide. You can apply any time because we recruit all year round and if it doesn’t work out, there’s no obligation to carry on.  

  • What are the entry requirements?

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    The only qualification you need is enthusiasm and commitment to helping people in your community to benefit from learning opportunities.

  • Is training provided?

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    You will receive all the training you need to carry out your paid and/or voluntary work. This means you gain qualifications from your training and get support in your own chosen career route. Training is usually two and a half hours per week.

  • What will I learn during the training?

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    The programme for future Learning Ambassadors is delivered in four units:

    Introduction to Community Learning Ambassadors (Sep-Dec 12 weeks) covers:

    • Assertiveness and confidence building
    • Communication skills and interpersonal skills
    • Stress management
    • Research skills

    Career Development (Jan-Feb 5 weeks) includes:

    • Job applications
    • Interviewing techniques
    • Advice and guidance intervention
    • NOCN

    Learning in the Community Levels 1, 2, & 3 (Mar-Jun 12 weeks) consists of:

    • Participation in a community research project to obtain the OCN qualification
    • Preparing a personal development plan
    • Preparing a portfolio of evidence

    If you are unemployed and claiming benefit, these courses do not affect your availability for work as you can leave at any time.

  • What do Community Learning Ambassadors do?

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    • Work as part of a team to promote new learning opportunities in their community
    • Inform the community about training courses in their area
    • Help others back into education, for example by enrolling on courses
    • Identify courses that people would like to have in their communities
    • Provide support in the classroom and help to plan and deliver community learning events
    • Get involved in research work