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Ugh finished one course but am still currently engaged in another course. It's called a UCPD (university certificate in professional development) through De Montfort Uni. The place where they do the training is called the Axis Centre in Beeston Nottingham. They offer quite a few different courses and if you do a certain amount of them it adds up to this UCPD.

The reason why I am doing this UCPD is that I have decided to make an effort to to some continuing professional development every summer. Not to mention it means I get one day off work per week for a while :-)

I did an MCP course there a couple of years ago and they are very professional and know thier stuff. One thing I find really annoying is the complete and utter lack of reasonable priced professional courses in the Nottinghamshire area that people can attend to develop thier skills in IT.

I am not talking about doing an A-Level or even at HNC/HND level, but short courses that are aimed at professionals trying to develop thier skills. Castle College do a couple of community evening classes on Dreamweaver but I recently found at they are still advocating the arcance use of tables for layout of sites ect.. Whilst this is ok for people in the community it's not really good enough for people in business.

It got me thinking that I might do a basic teaching qualification such as the City and Guild 7303 and then try and do some part time teaching in the evenings if I can. Who knows. I am not sure yet even if there is anyone interested in it but I think I would like to find out.

The other thing I think would be good is to go round schools and do a workshop, something like 'Coding is Cool'. Try and get some young people into programming and not just wanting to study Media Studies (argh!!). I thought I could demonstrate some of the cools things you can do by using an example out of this book or something like it anyway.

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