Do you struggle with Microsoft Excel? Would you like to gain skills on using spreadsheets and formulas to make your organisation more efficient?

This interactive and practical course introduces beginners to the software and explains how it can be used to enhance your work. This course is ideal for learners and refreshers as it covers all the basic elements of Excel in a practical, hand on format, allowing you time to practice the techniques in the session. By the end of the course, learners will be able to format a spreadsheet for printing, create charts, use basic functions effectively and start to analyse data.

Learners will leave with a USB drive containing a handout and exercises to practice outside the classroom.

What will I learn?

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Freeze rows / columns
  • Prepare a spreadsheet for printing
  • Use basic formulae
  • Use IF Statement
  • Understand Absolute Values
  • Use Conditional Formatting
  • Create graphs

Trainer Profile

Mary Thomas has been training and consulting with businesses of all sizes since 2009 in the uses and implementation of social media and digital marketing. She has written and delivers accredited social media and digital marketing qualifications for City & Guilds as well as being a published author and public speaker.

Benefits to you

You will leave the session with some practical tools to ensure you have the ability and confidence to use spreadsheets effectively within your work.

Who should attend?

This session is appropriate for any organisation members.


Friday 21st September 2018


9.45am arrival for tea, coffee and networking for a 10am start. The workshop will finish by 1pm.


£70 per person for OCVA Members
£80 per person from a charitable organisation who are not OCVA members
£95 per person from a non-charitable organisation



The Old Courthouse
Floyds Row
St Aldates

There is no parking available at the venue, although we maybe able to assist those with disabilities. Please contact us to enquire if you have a disability. The venue is serviced with good transport links details of which can be found here. For more information on alternative parking, please see here.

Enquiries contact:

Telephone:  01865 251946
Email: training@ocva.org.uk

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Please note there are two steps to this process and both steps of the process will need to be completed to secure your place.

Step 1: Please register your details with us on the form:

Please note that registration without payment does not constitute a booking. Both are required, and we do check. (Thanks!)

Step 2: Make payment within 2 working days of registering.

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