An exciting programme offering adults the chance to improve their knowledge or learn a new skill in an array of different subjects and topics have officially launched this month.
Running throughout the academic year, a variety of courses for adults aged 19 and over will be available across the city through the Leeds Adult Learning initiative, which is commissioned by Leeds City Council. Funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency, the aim of the £2.1m programme is to provide adults with the confidence and learning to access job opportunities or new skills to support a particular personal or group interest.
Whether you are interested in learning how to use your smartphone or tablet, grow your own vegetables and eat healthily, improve your English and maths or to build your self-confidence whilst having fun and meeting new people, there really is something for everyone.
Courses are free for adults in receipt of benefits or those in work but earning less than £15,700 per year and are delivered at over 200 venues across Leeds by a range of different organisations. These include recognised learning providers such as Leeds City College, The Northern College and Swarthmore Education Centre, and smaller community-based organisations such as Nari Ekta, Learning Partnerships, The Conservation Volunteers (Hollybush), East Street Arts and many others.
The Leeds Adult Learning course finder website www.leedsadultlearning.co.uk is an easy way to discover a course that is just right for you and also includes an integrated journey planner with bus routes and maps to help you find the best and easiest way to travel to their courses.
Last year 7,200 adults took part in more than 1,350 adult learning courses at community venues across the city opening up new opportunities for adults from a variety of backgrounds.
One of the people to take part in the Leeds Adult Learning programme was Priyanka who enrolled on an ESOL course to improve her English. This led to a work placement and helped secure Priyanka with a job as administrator and classroom learning support assistant with Learning Partnerships. Also taking woodwork and bush-craft courses with the Conservation Volunteers was Ian. The course helped Ian overcome anxiety and depression issues and also grow in confidence to the point where he is now undertaking a qualification on Environmental Conservation and leading other volunteers.
If you are a member of the media and would like to speak to Priyanka regarding her experience taking a course on the Leeds Adult Learning programme, please contact the Leeds City Council press office.
Councillor Jonathan Pryor, Leeds City Council’s executive member for learning, skills and employment said:
“Adult learning courses are a great way for people of all backgrounds and experiences to acquire new skills and also meet new people and have fun whilst learning. Many learners also progress into work or undertake further study to gain qualifications.
“Providing adults with the chance to improve and learn new skills remains a top priority for the council and we are expecting to see around 7,000 learners in the city access the diverse programme of courses on offer. These range from computing and craft skills to helping families improve their maths and English skills as well as supporting learners with mental health needs, all of which play a part in ensuring that all our residents have the skills needed for both life and work.
“With courses being held at 200 venues across Leeds, this is a fantastic opportunity for adults to not only discover or rediscover the fun of learning but to also gain qualifications that can help lead to new future employment and training opportunities.”
Leeds Adult Learning offers a range of first step courses for adults. Courses take place across the city in a variety of different venues. Whether you are looking to learn a new skill, help your child or develop your skills to find work there will be a course for you.
Many courses are free subject to personal circumstances, click on the link or check with the course provider for details www.leedsadultlearning.co.uk