Thursday, 3 October 2013

Guest blog: Preparing for PTLLS - online!

This week’s update is a guest blog from Aniela Kaczmarczyk of the Tinder Foundation.

Preparing for PTLLS - online!

From this month, a brand new course from Tinder Foundation and The National Extension College (NEC)  is set to help even more people prepare for teaching in the lifelong learning sector.
Tinder Foundation is the organisation behind the national network of UK online centres.  As  Training Manager, I’ve seen hundreds of learners inspired by their UK online centre experience go on to become peer-to-peer mentors, volunteers, and eventually tutors.  It’s such an established journey it’s become part of what makes the UK online centres network tick, and we wanted to facilitate that process and make the transition from learner to tutor as easy as possible.

Ex-learners are in a unique position as tutors.  They can tell new learners ‘if I can do it, so can you’, and that’s pretty powerful stuff.  The trouble is, many have been out of formal education for years - or even decades - and can be extremely nervous about taking on a new qualification. A traditional Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) course can look pretty daunting.
That’s why I’m very proud that - in partnership with NEC - we’re launching An Introduction to Adult Learning.  It’s a new one hour, online course that’s ideal for anyone considering (or about to start) a PTLLS course.
It’s been designed especially to help those who may not have any formal qualifications in teaching practice and because it’s delivered online, via webinar (a sort of online, interactive seminar for those who’ve never heard of one), anyone can take part from the comfort of their own computer.  And it’s not just for UK online centres learners and volunteers!
Designed by NEC - which has more than 50 years experience in training those who might not be comfortable in a school or college - I couldn’t be more confident that it’s the perfect tool for absolutely anyone who wants to start helping other adults gain new skills and qualifications.
We’d love to have you on board!

Aniela Kaczmarczyk
Training Manager
Tinder Foundation

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