Catherine’s story - National Careers Service Customer in Huntingdonshire
“I have secured a place on an MA course which fits around my supply teaching. I'm hoping the course will provide me with suitable knowledge and experience to support the job roles I’m interested in. Thank you for your help and advice.”

Theresa’s story
Functional Skills Maths and English at Level 2 and ECDL Extra Level 2
“I wanted to work in a school as a Teaching Assistant, but needed Maths, English and Computers. Since passing my exams I have got a job working with children in a pre-school. I found it very easy to study at the Adult Learning and Skills Centre, the staff are very friendly and very helpful, and there is coffee too!” 

Cathryn’s story
ECDL Extra Level 2
“I have really enjoyed doing the course and have found the support and encouragement of the staff fantastic. The Adult Learning and Skills Centre is a brilliant resource for people like me trying to improve my skills, in order to get back into the workforce.”
Cathryn’s Tutor Karen says “Cathryn has been a very keen learner, eager to complete the course so she can progress in her career”

Move on Up success
Our Move on up Artists in the Fenland group (supported by their Tutor and TAs) held a very successful Easter raffle event as part of their project aim to raise funding towards their transportation for their forthcoming trip to the London Royal Academy of Art Summer Exhibition.

Angie’s feedback
National Careers Service customer
“Once again thank you for making me feel so at ease yesterday. I have to admit that had very low expectations of how the National Careers Service could help but you blew that out of the water! Your understanding of my needs and situation has made me feel very confident that the support is there to help me get back into employment at a steady pace.”

Teresa’s story
European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) IT qualification
“I started my level 2 ECDL in September 2018 at Huntingdon Adult Learning and Skills Centre and completed in mid February 2018.  I had a very basic knowledge of IT but the course really helped me to improve and I ended up with a formal qualification.  This has given me confidence to continue learning, the staff were all so lovely and helpful and made it all so easy to understand!”  Teresa’s Tutor Christine says: “Teresa found being able to study at home really helpful as she was able to fit it around family.”

Shyad’s story
Shyad took part in a National Careers Service session through his employer and wrote this about the support received from one of our Advisers.

“Thank you so much for your time today. I have heard some great things about the National Careers Service from my team. I thought your service was excellent and very professional. It was worth my time sitting down with you today to get the pointers for my CV which I have now edited and sent to you.  You guys provide an excellent service.”

Joanna’s story
Family Learning

Joanna is a young single mum with 2 small girls, she left school with very few qualifications.  Joanna attended a Family Learning class at her daughter’s school as she wanted to help her daughter’s confidence. The use of a crèche on site made it possible as she had no-one else to look after her youngest daughter.   Joanna completed a story sacks course initially and went on to do an English then maths class. She made friends in the class and valued the support of the other learners and sat some exams. She passed some of the exams at a level 2 standard which has given her the confidence to enrol at her local college for a Social Work qualification.

Steven’s story
Employability Support
Steven first attended the Job Club in his nearest Adult Learning and Skills Centre to get support with developing his CV. Steven had previously worked in warehousing and was currently just working occasionally a few hours per week in a shop, as and when required, but wanted full-time employment.  He had some careers advice, adapted his CV, enrolled onto an online IT qualification and then completed the Destination Employment course.    Having completed both courses, he was able to complete online applications and also felt he had a better understanding of interview techniques. Shortly after Steven had a successful interview and secured a full-time role.

Steven attended the centre for approximately 9 months in total and commented:

“I found the courses that I completed easy to learn and fun to do. My tutors helped me with all my learning needs and made my learning fun and now I have found myself a full-time job. The Job Club, careers advice and adult learning courses helped me a lot to find full-time work.”

Story Sacks, Family Learning
"I enrolled on a free Story Sacks course which was advertised as a great way of story-telling and creating a sack full of fun activities to encourage children’s development and family time. Over six weeks I created a story sack containing a the Gruffalo’s Child story book and then made props, games and included games, puppets, the audio CD, a fact book and other items I thought my 2 small children might enjoy.

This course has been an invaluable and rewarding project for myself and my children.  I would really recommend the course to anyone with small children and people to encourage your children to develop a love for books, reading and to help with speech and language skills through listening, learning and playing."