This month we are excited to announce our first donated online courses will be helping residents in Tower Hamlets. Delivered in partnership with Poplar Harca, a housing and regeneration community association, residents have selected a range of digital skills for business courses, including cyber security, social media for business and search engine optimisation, combined with soft skills courses, including leadership, customer service, negotiation and presentation skills.
“I have really appreciated the opportunity to learn some new and relevant skills. The courses are very professional and approachable, and will help my current and future career goals.”
Anna, Resident, Tower Hamlets
“I did a customer service course and it was great, updating my knowledge and improving my skill. Great introduction about the subject and easy to understanding even if you aren’t fluent in English.”
Cintia, Resident, Tower Hamlets
Choosing our first partnership for course donations came by chance when Common Purpose, a leadership development not for profit organisation, invited both Techcentre and Poplar Harca to participate in a collaboration programme with a professional services firm. After learning more about Techcentre’s business with purpose mission, their staff suggested we should work in partnership with Poplar Harca and it is exciting we have turned this suggestion into a reality.
“Absolute highlight of the entire programme was to hear how you have both been able to partner up!”
Ruhana Ali, Leadership Facilitator, Common Purpose
“This is a great partnership to help residents of Poplar Harca and local service users. From this donation, we have saved £1,400 with access to 25 different courses – all CPD accredited!”
Sabiha Khanam, Volunteering Coordinator, Poplar Harca
Developing both digital skills and soft skills helps to increase a person’s employability and their chances of moving into worthwhile work. They are also key skills required to create your own business or become self-employed.
“In 2010, I piloted a training programme that developed both the digital skills and soft skills for 233 unemployed people in 7 UK towns and cities, with over 54% immediately moving into work after the programme. I am excited that, by using technology, we can now scale-up affordable, high quality, CPD-accredited online courses to help more people across the UK develop these critical skills.”
David Barker, Techcentre CEO
You can find out more about Techcentre Training here.