BECOME A TEACHER

Turn your passion into a business

An 8 week, live online step-by-step course guiding you through all the essential skills you need to start, launch, grow and sustain your business teaching knitting.

 

ENROLMENT OPEN

Course starts February 2022

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MEET THE TUTOR – Kerry Kimber

 

Having run my own successful small business teaching knitting classes since 2010, and as the creator of the award winning Kids Knit programme for children, I specialise in training and supporting knitters to run their own successful businesses teaching knitting and crafting classes in their local area.

I am also the Creative Learning Manager for The DMC Group with responsibility for Knit Along tutorials, step-by-steps, educational writing (books, blogs, articles) as well as training and supporting colleagues with new technology skills. It's varied and interesting work! 

Sharing the joy and pleasure of knitting and crafting skills is rewarding work, but anyone who has tried running a business teaching regular knitting classes will know there’s more involved than just yarn and needles. In fact, your own knitting expertise is just one skill among many required to deliver consistently successful, engaging and professional classes that keep customers coming back for more.

I have developed an 8 week training course with coaching and business know-how at the core - scroll down to see the schedule. Every week I host a live online class, featuring a presentation and discussion lasting approximately 2 hours. Recordings of every session are available so you can catch up on anything you missed.

Weekly tasks and craft assignments are set, and you will be invited to join a private group on Facebook for a sense of community and friendly support. Live teaching enables interaction between students and allows real-time answers to your questions. Our classes encourage discussion, peer support and a sense of community.

The course includes support materials, patterns, projects and teaching resources that can be used freely in your knitting classes.

 

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THE SCHEDULE

Week 1

Wednesday 23rd February – 7-9pm GMT

Course orientation • KFA community • Mindset for success • Getting your business started.

Yarn challenge

 

Week 2 

Wednesday 2nd March – 7-9pm GMT

The Kids Knit Programme & Teaching Resources. Discover how you can use my patterns, activity sheets and teaching resources to run successful knitting classes for children in schools, cafés, community rooms and other local venues.

Knitting challenge

 

Week 3

Wednesday 9th March – 7-9pm GMT

Young People Knit • Knit Night & Day • Teaching resources • Hospitality • Inclusion • Venues. Find out how you can use my patterns and activity resources to run successful groups for teens and adults and learn what makes a great venue for a knitting group.

Sewing challenge

 

Week 4

Wednesday 16th March – 7-9pm GMT

Child protection • Classroom management • Working with schools. Essential information you need to know to enable you to create a safe environment for children so their creativity can flourish.

Weaving challenge

 

Week 5

Wednesday 23rd March – 7-9pm GMT

Session 1 ­– Money management • What to charge • Keeping records

Session 2 – Craft Fairs • Selling kits • Parties

Felting challenge

 

Week 6

Wednesday 30th March – 7-9pm BST

Marketing your classes • Social Media • Content planning • Newsletters. Delve into online marketing using newsletters and social media and discover new ways to connect with potential customers.

Macramé challenge

 

Week 7

Wednesday 6th April – 7-9pm BST

Session 1 – Your terms and conditions • Risk assessments • Data Protection

Session 2 – Teaching Online

Knitting challenge

 

Week 8

Wednesday 13th April – 7-9pm BST

Session 1 – Creating classes around your interests & expertise • Preparing resources

Session 2 – Reviewing Goals • Knitting For All Membership*

 

Bonus session

(date to be confirmed)

How to start an online shop with Máire Hanley from Shopify

 

 

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What people say....

Rachel Armytage

As soon as the first lesson started I realised that this was what I needed to progress in this field of work. I was engaged by the start and have eagerly waited for the next one to start. I feel that I have a lot to do to get certain things in place but with the guidance from Kerry I have all the tools I need.

After doing the Knitting For All teacher accreditation course I feel full of enthusiasm to get going and build my business as a knitting teacher. I am now holding two classes for adults in my home with room for more and I am starting to do workshops on line teaching how to knit socks! I am also preparing to sell the kits on my Etsy shop in due course. Exciting times! Thank you Kerry x

Joey Graham

Expectations exceeded, course has given me lots of ideas for working with varied groups and different crafts whilst now having the knowledge to keep accurate records and work out costings and viability of classes. I absolutely loved this course, Kerry is an excellent facilitator. The course was delivered methodically and logically, taking into account all aspects of setting up a business to developing our own craft skills by having a go at projects we would not necessarily have tried out before. I have come away with lots of ideas and a great structure for developing a knitting business. It was also a great way to make contacts with like minded people across many areas. Thank you Kerry for developing and delivering an excellent course.

Emelye Webster

If you are interested in teaching your own knitting classes the Knitting For All teacher training course will give you absolutely everything you need. The course was well organised, detailed and fun and packed with brilliant resources, and sound information and advice. It has given me the confidence to get started and know that I will be doing things 'properly'. It was also such a pleasure to meet with such a supportive group each week and I can't wait to join the Knitting for All teachers community. Thank you so much.

Everything you need to run successful knitting classes that keep your customers coming back for more.

 

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*Knitting For All Membership

 

All teachers who complete Knitting For All training will be invited to become a member of the Knitting For All teaching community, at a cost of £10 a month.

Benefits include:

  • Regular updates to resources
  • Peer support in our exclusive membership Facebook group
  • Listing on www.knittingforall.com/find-a-teacher
  • Bespoke website page on knittingforall.com
  • Invitation to our annual gathering

....and other surprise perks!