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Learning for life

With hundreds of adult learning courses available across the county, it’s not just kids heading back to “school” this autumn

Keen to improve your job prospects? Classes in maths and English are widely available at both GCSE and functional skills levels.

Adult learners

Pictured with Alex and Claire is (left) Amanda Holmes, from Adult Learning.

There are also courses in CV writing and interviews, customer service, and nursing and social care.

Looking to improve your wellbeing? Then choose from a wide range of activities, including Pilates, modern foreign languages, creative story-telling, sign language and dressmaking.

Last year, more than 8,500 local people gave learning a go, achieving over 1,000 qualifications.

Cllr Patricia Bradwell, executive member for adult learning, said: “There are daytime and evening courses available across the county all year round, so there’s always an opportunity to start your learning journey.

“What’s more, depending on the course and your circumstances, there may even be financial help for things like equipment, transport and childcare.

“So whether you want to try something new or develop your skills, it is possible.”

For details about adult learning in Lincolnshire, visit www.2aspire.org.uk or phone 01522 782011.

Inspirational learners

Three people who have already experienced the life-changing benefits of adult learning are Lincolnshire’s learners of the year - here are their stories.

Alex Harrison, a former soldier, was finding it difficult to settle into civilian life, but had an ambition to set up his own business.

To make his dreams a reality, he attended RHG Consult’s Start Your Own Business course, run alongside The Prince’s Trust. He has since successfully set up his own gardening business, Guardsman Landscaping and Property Service Ltd.

Liam Holder had been out of work for some years when he started his adult learning journey. He chose to pursue a course for those wanting to work in the adult health and social care sector, run by Riverside Training Services Ltd.

Not only did the course help boost Liam’s confidence and self-esteem, but it also led to a job working with young adults with learning disabilities.

Claire Petley completed a 15-week Family Learning course in functional reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

Her initial reason for attending was to spend time with her son and support him at home. However, as a result of support from teaching staff, Claire also successfully progressed into employment after 11 years.

By using the skills she had learnt, she found a job as a teaching assistant. In addition, she has secured a place on a teaching assistant course at BostonCollege, starting in September.

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Last updated: 10 October 2017

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