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."