Keep learning with Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service

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Learn with us

At Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service, we are committed to supporting our residents as they learn new skills and gain accredited qualifications.

New learners, summer courses and 2020–21 courses

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We are busy getting ready for the start of our 2020–21 academic year in September; and preparing our centres to ensure the safety of our staff and learners.

We’re currently running our courses remotely (face-to-face teaching is suspended while our learning centres are closed).

Free online courses and resources

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Our summer online courses include work skills courses and select courses from our nationally recognised community learning programme.

Enrol on a summer course

Our summer courses range from Excel charts to creative learning. We will be adding more courses soon. In the meantime, our job skills courses start on 2 July: browse and enrol on a free course. Some courses include live tutorials using Zoom or other webinar applications. You might need to download the required webinar application to your device before the course starts.

Download a list of all our summer jobs and digital skills courses (pdf, 171kb)

Job skills and help

Trying to get a job? We can help you. We have free courses, tips and one-to-one advice sessions for Waltham Forest residents.

Creativity and wellbeing

We have a collection of wellbeing and self-care tips and activities for children and adults. Our creativity, learning and wellbeing page is packed with resources to keep you and your family learning.

Free English Conversation Clubs

We have virtual English conversation clubs almost every day (except Sunday). Our clubs are free. To join a club, please complete our online booking form.

Want to volunteer?

We train volunteers to lead our English Conversation Clubs. If you would like to volunteer with us, please email

Apprenticeships are still running

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We are remotely supporting and recruiting apprentices.

Employers: email us to find out how you and your staff can benefit from our apprenticeship scheme.

Get a new job: free courses and support

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Browse our free courses, tips and one-to-one advice sessions for Waltham Forest residents. You can also enrol on one of our free job skills courses.

Download a list of all our summer jobs and digital skills courses (pdf, 171kb)

Rapid Employment Service

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The new Rapid Employment Service can also help you to get a new job: from improving your CV to completing applications.

Share-ArtBox: connecting the community through creativity

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Make and create with Share-ArtBox: bringing together local families and adults to get creative!

What and who

  • Free make and create art boxes for Waltham Forest residents aged 9 and older
  • Residents of different backgrounds, ages, cultures will be matched in pairs
  • Every week for five weeks, each pair of residents will receive the same Share-ArtBox.

Surprise and friendships

  • We will send you a Share-ArtBox to get started
  • New items in each weekly unique Share-ArtBox but each pair will get the same items and instructions.
  • Share your creation and stories together. (Sharing will be carefully supported by an experienced Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service lecturer.)

Take part

  • Register your interest: complete our Share-ArtBox registration form
  • We will let you know if you are chosen for a pair
  • The Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service will manage all contact in-line with health and safety, safeguarding and data protection guidance (GDPR).

Find out more

Email the FAN team or text 07918 771 041

Share-ArtBox is a Waltham Forest Friends and Neighbours (FAN), Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service and Connecting Communities project.

Online exhibition: ESOL Precious Objects 2020

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A wedding dress, baby bracelet, mobile phone, a painting, a tea cup … What do they all have in common? Our online exhibition of ESOL learners’ precious objects!

We asked learners on our ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) courses to submit an image of something important to them and write a caption. You can explore all the submissions on our public Facebook page (no need to log in).

Keep London Learning

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We are proud to join with other education providers and be a part of Keep London Learning.