Lockdown is a positive for Renata...

Lockdown has been turned into a positive for one learner based in Doncaster with new learning opportunities being found during the enforced stay at home period.

A regular at POA Learning’s Hatfield learning centre, Renata Millar is an advocate for learning and has done several courses over the years as well as being a regular at the weekly IT group.

The IT group has continued to run on a weekly basis via Zoom and this has given the whole group extra learning opportunities using this new medium and in Renata’s case, has given her an opportunity to further her learning and computer skills by enrolling onto the new POA Learning online platform where she has hundreds of courses at her disposal.

Having completed several of the courses across several subjects including communication and wellbeing, Renata was excited by the new platform saying, “"I am enjoying using the POA learning online learning platform. It's easy to use, there is a wide choice of courses relevant to my interests, day-to-day use and beneficial to my job purposes.”

She has been impressed by the support on offer by the staff at the centre, again all being provided remotely, “I'm grateful for the additional extra support from Jill to guide me through signing up and starting. I'm able to comfortably use the platform to explore and access courses or learning pathways to suit my lifestyle, work commitments, and time frame.”

“One of my first courses was Allergen Awareness which has not only helped me but also my family. I like the fact that there is a printable certificate of achievement with each course, which is a great added bonus.”

Not only has Renata signed up for the learning platform, she has also started another level 2 distance learning course looking at infection control in healthcare settings and is happy with how she can amalgamate both as she goes through her assignments, “The easily accessible courses range from a choice of bite-size to learning pathways which includes courses on working in the care sector, which I can fit easily in with the Level 2 distance learning course which I'm currently working on. I'm very happy to recommend signing up to the platform".

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