Collaboration and Innovation for 2024!

Recently launching the Free Adult Education Series with THÊ DEPØ Studios in Plymouth, OCSW have created brand new courses for 2024 for learners to unleash their creativity in an exciting and ever developing industry, with the following courses:

  • Introduction to DJing
  • Studio Recording Basics  
  • Introduction to Live Events in Sound
  • Introduction to Live Events in Lighting

These courses have proved exceptionally popular, and more dates are being arranged for those on the waiting list. According to LinkedIn, the music production market is estimated to rise at a considerable rate between now and 2030 and understanding the fusion between human creativity, technical skills and AI offers a promising future for students in the music and events industry. Plans are already in the pipeline to continue working together and offer more short courses later in the year.

New partnership with GHQ Training

OCSW now offer free Hair and Beauty Courses delivered by industry experts at the fantastic GHQ venue in the City Centre, these include; ‘Discover your Beauty Skills’ and an ‘Introduction into the exciting world of Hairdressing’ providing a unique opportunity for learners and staff.  Jean Rogers, Managing Director of GHQ Training said “We are really excited to be working with On Course South West and expect to see a wonderful flurry of interest and activity for these new courses. This is a positive partnership for GHQ and On Course South West and we can’t wait to get started”.

As well as these new collaborations OCSW have successfully enlisted several well-known industry experts who will be leading new courses throughout the year, including:

  • Stacey Hunter,  an Artist in Residence at Arts University Plymouth with a Masters Degree in Creative Education who has worked for Digital Filmmaker Magazine and has experience on independent films and fashion.  

  • Polly Plouviez, a textile artist with a Masters in Painting who recently exhibited at Mount Edgecombe. Courses on offer will include Acrylics, Watercolours and Drawing.

  • Jos Wellman, an experienced chef who has cooked for the Royal Family, including the late Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Phillip and Princess Diana, King Charles III as well as US Presidents Reagan, Carter and Bush. Jos also created dishes for Bon Jovi, Sean Connery and Spike Milligan. He has starred on TV, ran restaurants, and wrote several cookery books. Although now semi–retired, Jos has agreed to share his invaluable knowledge, skills and experience to cook with families in the community.

  • Andy Breare, former BBC Presenter and Journalist.  A well-known face in the Southwest presenting on BBC Spotlight for more than twenty years and writing a weekly column for the Western Morning News. Since leaving the BBC, Andy has joined Plymouth Hospital’s Charity as Communications Officer and will be sharing his Creative Writing and Public Speaking skills. 

  • Chris Robinson, Plymouth’s most prolific and probably best-known historian the city has ever had.  Chris has been documenting the city in words and pictures since 1978 and to date has written over 30 books on various aspects of life in Plymouth over the last 500 years. Currently working on the first comprehensive history of Plympton, Chris will be sharing his knowledge during our brand new History courses.

The skills and experience offered by these new Tutors will give learners a wealth of knowledge and practical guidance.  Principal of OCSW, Mark Trewin said:  “We have experienced tremendous growth in the last year,  almost doubling the amount of funding into Plymouth to benefit individuals,  communities and families that live here. With excellent working relationships with employers big and small, these new collaborations are a fantastic addition to our ongoing learning partnerships. As the fastest growing adult education provider in the city and with an impressive 98% of learners recommending to friends and family, we continue to go from strength to strength.”

If you would like ‘made to measure’ courses for your organisation, or bespoke training to meet the needs of industry sectors and employers alike, OCSW can work with you to develop unique packages including:

  • Industry specific training courses for sectors as diverse as digital, retail, health and social care, early years care and education
  • Workforce essentials including Equality and Diversity and Safeguarding

OCSW will help you to ensure your employees or volunteers are ready to meet the changing needs of your business, adds value and can offer free advice and guidance to identify how to best support your company.

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