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Posted on: 12th January 2021

Adult education courses are a great way to learn something new, improve skills, gain qualifications and increase employment chances.

Although venues are closed during the current national lockdown, the Council’s Adult Education Service is still open to support residents with experienced tutors offering online and distance learning courses.

All courses are designed to enhance skills, boost future job prospects, build confidence and, or, to enable people to take up a new pastime.

The Adult Education Service is playing an important role in helping residents to gain skills and qualifications to support the district’s economic recovery from the impact of the global pandemic. The Council is continuing to work with partners through the Wakefield Recovery Board to support residents and business.

Full details of all courses can be found in the 2021 Adult Education brochure and printed copies are also being delivered to homes in the district this month.

Cllr Darren Byford, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Regeneration, said: “We know this is an incredibly challenging time, as the country is now in its third national lockdown. We are here to continue to support residents and we have fantastic courses and tutors with the expertise to deliver great online and distance learning to help learners to gain new skills.

“We have a friendly and accessible service that helps people get great results. If you need advice you can get in touch with the service, to talk with an experienced adviser on how they can help you achieve your goals.”

During the last lockdown 100% of learners gained their English and Maths GCSE at grades 4 to 9 at Wakefield Adult Education Service. Over 95% of learners in the last academic year also achieved their qualifications or completed their course.

All existing learners with the service will continue to work with their tutors throughout lockdown to achieve their qualifications and complete their courses.

The Adult Education Service is for everyone – for example people who have been made redundant can have a chat with a careers advisor who can offer support to identify the right options for courses.

Or, if people have been furloughed, they could join a course to keep them busy while they’re at home, and extend their skills and qualifications.

People in work can find courses to raise their skills – and enhance their future employment opportunities.

The last lockdown was very difficult for some people, but feedback to the service found that learners also benefitted from taking health and wellbeing short courses, and courses in art and mindfulness.

To find out more visit: www.wakefield.gov.uk/adulteducation

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