'In your words…'
A learner explains how they have progressed by taking a European Computer Driving Licence course (ECDL):
"I am currently unemployed and decided to undertake learning to achieve qualifications to increase my confidence with a view to getting into employment.
The course I chose was ECDL Extra Level 2. This course covers word processing, spreadsheet application and basic presentation skills.
Learning in the Fenland Learning Centre has been a good experience for me and very worthwhile. The Centre has tutors on hand to help throughout the course.
This opportunity to participate in learning has increased my confidence into progressing to other courses and I feel much more confident when applying for jobs.
I feel it would be nice to have access to refreshments when in the Learning Centre but appreciate these drinks should not be put near computers or keyboards."
Adult Learning and Skills, Fenland Learning Centre.
'In your words…'
"I have two young children, aged 2 and 3 years of age who are very keen on The Gruffalo’s Child by Julia Donaldson. Advertised locally was a Cambridgeshire County Council Adult Learning and Skills Family Learning workshop called Story Sacks which was a free course. Story Sacks 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.
In February 2017 I enrolled on the six weeks’ course entitled ‘How to build a story sack’.
Basically, a story sack contains a main story book which inspires you to build up props, games and other items in the sack related to the story and its characters.
Using my imagination I created and included games, puppets, the audio CD, a fact book and other items I thought my children might enjoy related to the main story.
Anyone could build up their own story sack with little games, questions about the book, bingo cards, counting and picture pairs, story cubes etc. The ideas and possibilities are endless.
This course has been an invaluable and rewarding project for myself and my children. As an extra treat I took my children to the Gruffalo Spotters Trail which was a very exciting day out.
I would really recommend the Story Sacks course to anyone with small children and people who work in early years thus encouraging children to develop a love for books, enthusiasm for reading, help with speech development and language skills through listening, learning and playing."
Story Sacks, Family Learning, March 2017