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Wed, 01st Sep 2010 | Bassist | 2,210 Views.

PTLLS - The Blog

There's a recession on. I've resorted to things I never thought I'd do. I've blagged my way through 2 contracts. The first coding VBA - Excel macros - the other writing a bespoke Advanced Excel 2007 training course and delivering it to a customer. Neither are my bread and butter, but my plate was empty.

I've often been told I'd make a good teacher so maybe a change in direction is called for; after all I'm at that age. So tonight I went along to an open evening to look at doing PTLLS - Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector. Pronounced "Petals", or so I'm told. The open evening was more 'mind-your-own-business' rather than Chelsea Flower Show.

I registered my interest for the course online a few weeks ago. Then I got an email inviting me to the open evening. Tonight they got me to fill in a form - name and address, that sort of thing. You know - the details they got online a few weeks back.

They asked if I have a level 3 specialism. Yes, choose from: FCMA (govt. assessed to be equivalent to a masters at ACMA level), BSc Honours IT & Computing (nearly there, 30 points out of 360 left to do) or PRINCE2 (Projects In Controlled Environments).

Then they tell me I have to do a numeracy test and a literacy test before I can enrol. My mouth said, 'no problem' but my face said, 'you've got to be 'avin a larf!'. Or at least that's the polite version. I asked if I could do the online test now, but no, the department had already closed for the day, I'd have to come back. Once I've passed the tests I can enrol. I think they need my PRINCE2 skills.

It seems that years of accountancy, computing, report writing and project work count for nothing. I have to prove that I'm at level 2 numeracy and literacy. I'm scared they are going to sit me in the little chair in the corner and ask me to read Janet and John, or recite my times tables. Puh-lease!

I was told I'd have to find teaching work and need to do 1.5 hours per week next year. I showed them my Excel training material along with course evaluation forms. It seems I'm a bit ahead of the game.

I can't help but wonder exactly what they are going to teach me and if I'm maybe just a little too old, too organised or too jaded to do the PTLLS course. Something just wasn't adding up and it wasn't my maths. Maybe I've already done a little too much Lifelong Learning of my own, but to pass it on I have to do some more.

                


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Wed, 08th Sep 2010
How much of yourself are you exposing? You could get offered a job in modelling, naughty girl!
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Wed, 08th Sep 2010
BC - I certainly need help!
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Mon, 06th Sep 2010
Careful Bassist. Numbers can get to you and if you're at the stage where you're exposing yourself, seek help.
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Mon, 06th Sep 2010
I've now done my reading, mousing and maffs tests and I got the required level 2. The test said I was also exposing myself at level 3. I did part of it whilst chatting to a member of staff! The only bit that 'got' me was triangles. I always thought a triangle was something to do with music, didn't realise there were equations involved, but I'm going off at a tangent at the sine of anything to do with maffs. Turns out I can also look at teaching business studies (did Business & Finance with Law). So much to choose from, so few jobs!
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Fri, 03rd Sep 2010
@ NG - What a magnificent invention the capo is.
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Thu, 02nd Sep 2010
Like MS says we need to keep the jobs but I fear that more and more people will be chasing fewer and fewer opportunities!
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Thu, 02nd Sep 2010
What a lot of people don't realise is that BC learned to play C, F, & G in ANY key!!!!
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Thu, 02nd Sep 2010
Oh it gets funnier. I've had an email telling me there's been a 'blip' in the enrolment system. We should have had an email from the university (the course is off-site at a local college) for us to enrol online there first - with a 22 page procedure attached. This has now been kindly supplied by the college, attached to today's email, along with the personal email addresses of all the other pre-registered students. Now then. I think I see an opening here. Should I teach the staff there about the Data Protection Act 1998? Although I'm no expert, I'm pretty sure they need my consent to release it. Should I teach the staff there MS Office, specifically Outlook and the bcc option? And they think they can teach ME? (I make no apologies for starting the last sentence with And. I needed dramatic effect).
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Thu, 02nd Sep 2010
When it comes down to it, its less about teaching new skills, but holding onto the jobs that apparently teach them.
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Thu, 02nd Sep 2010
At the moment BC I'm wishing I'd taken C,F and G a bit further. I'm self employed and work = money, so I'm looking at anything and everything. I recently went through three interview rounds and in the last two candidates (from round 2) for a job on half my normal salary, only to be told they were 'going back to the drawing board'. Reason? They didn't want to pay the recruitment agency fee, so they were going to advertise themselves. It's pretty soul destroying out there at the moment. Off to bury my head in a book about technologies for digital media.
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Wed, 01st Sep 2010
You know what? Looking at what you guys have to go through in order to prove yourselves these days, I'm so glad I taught myself C, F and G on the guitar all those years ago. Good luck with it Bassist I don't envy you one bit.
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