College Launches Virtual Academy for Online Learning

Walsall College has launched a Virtual Academy to bring learning into the 21st century and enable more people in the wider community to access its online learning opportunities.

A suite of free online business modules have been designed to help new or existing companies develop the knowledge and skills required to help their businesses thrive. Areas covered include management, winning customers, recruiting people and exporting.

Free interactive units in maths and English have also been developed to provide individuals with the vital skills essential in almost any job. Ideal for anyone studying for their GCSEs or those who just want to brush up on their maths and English skills, the units include animations and quizzes for people to test their knowledge in short, fun lessons designed to inspire and engage.

In addition, over 250 courses from health and safety and mental health to employability and safeguarding are available from as little as £15, and on successful completion, students will be awarded with a CPD or City and Guilds certificate.

Jayne Holt, Assistant Principal for Learning Services at Walsall College, said: “Not everyone feels comfortable learning in the traditional way, so we have created the Virtual Academy to help individuals who want to upskill or progress in their careers, to do so by learning at their own pace and at a time that is convenient for them.

“It is also a cost effective way for businesses to ensure they have the skills they need for the future sustainability of their company, whether through mandatory training courses or new ideas to give them the edge over their competitors.

“We are always looking for new and innovative ways to boost skills in the community, which we pride ourselves on serving, and believe this virtual academy will enable more local people to further their learning than ever before.”

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About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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