Upskill from home with a distance learning qualification

01 October 2020

2020 has certainly been an unprecedented year, with the recent lockdown restrictions changing everyday routines.

During this challenging period, Middlesbrough College adapted to online learning, continuing to provide a seamless service to students. 

And it’s suite of distance learning courses proved a hit with adults looking to upskill from home. 

School worker Maxine Evans chose to study the Level 2 Certificate in Safeguarding, Prevent and British Values as a way of progressing her career. 

Delivered in partnership with The Skills Network, Maxine was drawn to the course as she wanted to eventually progress into a pastoral or safeguarding role. 

The course can be studied online or via paper-based materials and is split into four bite-sized units. The online qualification covers everything from the principles of safeguarding to British Values and the Prevent Duty. 

Speaking about the course, Maxine said: “During the coronavirus lockdown, I was working full time as a Behaviour and Data Administrator for a secondary school. This online qualification helped me to develop a new skill. 

“The pandemic was naturally a worry for everyone; however, I was able to focus my time in gaining a skill that I could use productively. 

“In the future, I want to be a Restorative Justice Officer, so this course will help me because it has given me a broader education regarding safeguarding. It has developed my skills in awareness, and enabled me to feel more confident when stepping into a new role.

“Personally, online learning has made me feel excited for my future and given me a stepping stone to excel in other roles. I had to put myself on hold for a little while and the right course just happened to become available at the right time in my life.”

Zoe Lewis, Principal and Chief Executive of Middlesbrough College commented: “It has been great to see so many members of the community accessing our distance learning provision this year as a way to secure new employment opportunities or progress in existing roles.”

Distance learning courses with Middlesbrough College and The Skills Network allow students to study flexibly around work or family commitments. In addition to the high-quality learning materials provided, teaching styles for these online courses include games, quizzes, videos, and interactive case studies. 

There are a range of courses to choose from, all of which can be studied for free. You can browse them all via our website

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