Learn a new skill with the Ultimate Lockdown Toolkit from Hopwood Hall College

Date published: 06 February 2021

Hopwood Hall College and University Centre is offering an exciting new set of free* online taster sessions – dubbed the Ultimate Lockdown Toolkit.

The super nifty virtual classes are designed by expert tutors who have years of experience teaching at the college’s two campuses in Middleton and Rochdale.

These skilled professionals have now turned their attention to the online world – creating these new courses to inform and entertain locals over the coming months.

The sessions have been purposely crafted to offer handy bitesize information that can be consumed easily within short timeframes and from the comfort of your own home.

Those who take part will also find a much-needed regional twist to the syllabus, which ensures it meets the specific needs of the community during lockdown and beyond.

There’s potential for thousands of people to take advantage of this offer as the specially made classes are available for everyone aged 19 and over across Greater Manchester.


Woman in the kitchen looking for a recipe on the laptop
Sessions on a variety of topics are available, including cookery. Photo: iStock.com/blackCAT


This means that there’s something for everyone – from young adults and university graduates to empty nesters and retirees.

Mums and dads who are currently homeschooling will be thrilled to learn that there are also many brilliant courses which they can fit in around their family lives.

The subjects to choose from are varied, with sessions on topics such as DIY, cookery, fitness, beauty, entrepreneurship and general life skills.

This includes courses like Preparing Your Car For The MOT Test, Nutrition Nuggets For Lockdown Wellbeing, Introduction To Hairstyling, and Grow A Garden From Your Kitchen.

Julia Heap, Principal and CEO of Hopwood Hall College, said: “We are truly delighted to offer this gift to the local community.

“These courses are perfect for your mind, body and soul – no matter your age or where you’re from in Greater Manchester.

“We’re simply thrilled to give people the opportunity to spread their wings, learn fabulous new skills and make the best use of their spare time over the coming months.”

The Ultimate Lockdown Toolkit can be accessed online, with each person eligible to complete five sessions of their own choosing.


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In the past, Hopwood Hall College has helped increase people’s employment prospects with their online and part-time pathways.

This is because the sessions can provide individuals with an attractive new skillset, as well as boost their confidence before re-entering the job market.

There are now a number of business-focused courses to enjoy for those looking to establish a new startup venture coming out of lockdown.

This includes Introduction To Setting Up A Dog Walking Business and other courses steeped in earning potential.

Meanwhile, a new qualification is giving people the opportunity to turn their passion into a career through Hopwood Hall’s University Centre.

The Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training is designed to propel tradespeople into a career in teaching in Further Education when it starts in September 2021.

The course isn’t just great value for money when it comes to Higher Education, but also sets up its students to move into a sector where roles are both in abundance and have long-term prospects.


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The sky really could be the limit for those who apply – especially following the release of a new government white paper, titled Skills For Jobs.

This proposes huge investment in the post-school education sector, with colleges in line to receive £1.5 billion in the coming years.

This – along with a renewed emphasis on technical education – will mean new opportunities for people who could soon be teaching the trade they currently work in.


*subject to eligibility criteria

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