News, courses and opportunities from Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service (early spring 2020)

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Updates and courses from the Adult Learning Service

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At Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service, we have hundreds of courses – from English and accounting to hairdressing, jewellery and sewing.

Want to gain a new skill or certificate? Need to polish up your digital knowledge? Our team of expert staff can help you decide on the best course for your needs.


In this edition

This early spring 2020 edition of our newsletter includes information about our courses, apprenticeship programmes, and how we can help you gain skills for life and work.

It also has links to our upcoming information session dates, and a request to complete our website survey.


Enrolling now: spring and summer 2020

Our new course listing is out! Whether for fun or work, we have a course that’s right for you.

“I hoped for a lecturer who would teach me at my own pace. They gave us a great lecturer who is very understanding and great at explaining.” 

Hannah C, teaching assistant learner

Download our spring summer 2020 course listing (pdf)

Learn, train and get a qualification with us

Information, advice and guidance: one of our Adult Learning Service team discussing our courses

How we can help you

Our dedicated team will help you throughout your learning journey: from our frontline information and guidance team, to in-class assistance, to referral and progression opportunities.

We also have free:

  • Drop-in job skills workshops
  • English conversation clubs
  • Arts, crafts and gardening workshops
  • Family learning courses.

Help with fees

Your course fee will depend on your immigration/residency status and other circumstances.

If you are a jobseeker, receiving a means-tested benefit, employed and earning less than £25,000 per year, or receiving working tax credit, you could attend a course for free or get up to 70 per cent off your course fees.

For more information about fees and eligibility, please call us on 020 8496 2974 or email us.

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Become an apprentice

Apprenticeships and continued professional development (CPD)

You can earn while you learn with an apprenticeship. Our work-based training programmes can help you start a new career or move up in your job.

To discuss training that’s right for you, please contact our Apprenticeship team.

Call 07740 046 122 or 07816 132 855, or email the team.

Email our apprenticeship team

Bashira A apprentice at ALS

'My experience has been positive from the start. It is a great way of embarking on a successful career in management.

You are well-supported by professionals who possess a high level of knowledge and expertise who guide you throughout.’

Bashira A, Quality Officer completing the Team Leading and Management Level 3 apprenticeship

Watch: Bashira on her apprenticeship

Free English conversation clubs near you

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Want to feel more comfortable speaking English? Come to one of our free English Conversation Clubs.

You don’t need to call or email: just turn up!

We have several conversation clubs all over Waltham Forest. To find you nearest one, please email us.

Volunteer with us: Want to help us run more clubs in Waltham Forest? Please email us.

Email conversation clubs

Get English and maths qualifications

Learn skills that will help you at work and every day. Book an English or maths course with us!

We have English courses for complete beginners. We also have GCSE English courses to help you qualify for a job or further study.

Our English and maths courses are free if you have lived in the UK or the European Economic Area (EEA) continuously for three years, and you do not have English or maths GCSE grade A–C.

English and maths courses

Job clubs: Wednesdays and Fridays

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Need help getting a job? Get CV and interview help at our regular job clubs. We offer advice, employment support and much more.

Come by: you don’t need to book in advance. Our Job Clubs are Wednesdays and Fridays during term-time:

Every Wednesday 1–4pm: Walthamstow Library Plus, High Street, Walthamstow E17 7JN

Every Friday 9.30am–12.30pm: The Junction, 2–4 Cathall Road, Leytonstone E11 4LF

Welcome Meals: Friends and Neighbours (FAN)

Bringing residents together: Friends and Neighbours (FAN)

FAN supports activities that bring residents together. From educational trips to cultural performances to community learning, there are a wide range of initiatives.

Welcome Meals for new residents

Our FAN team is working with the Hornbeam café and Connecting Communities on an exciting project: ‘Welcome Meals’.

Welcome Meals are a way for new residents to meet and be welcomed to Waltham Forest. They’re free and available for anyone who’s arrived in Waltham Forest in the past twelve months from another country or within the UK.

Do you know someone who’s new to Waltham Forest? Send them our way.

Please contact Gregory Omeonga or one of our main learning centres (details above).

Email Gregory

Survey: your feedback on our website

Have you used our website? We want to make it better.

If you can help us, please fill in our short feedback survey by 26 March 2020.

📄 Our website survey

Contact us

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Information, advice and guidance

For advice about your learning – and how we can help you – please contact us.

📞 020 8496 2974 or come to one of our main learning centres:

📍 Queens Road Learning Centre, 97 Queens Road, Walthamstow E17 8QR

📍 The Junction, 2–4 Cathall Road, Leytonstone E11 4LF

📧 You can also email us

Email us

📅 For your calendar

Our expert staff can tell you more about specific courses. Please come to one of our information sessions:

💡 Information sessions

Want to know about apprenticeships? Come to one of our regular sessions:

💡 Apprenticeship sessions

Browse upcoming family, business, art and cultural events in Waltham Forest

📢 Waltham Forest events

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