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Update: 20 March 2020

Letter to our learners (20 March 2020)

The Adult Learning Service will be suspending exams and face-to-face classroom learning. The Service will move to remote learning, in keeping with national guidance.

This impacts the Queens Road Learning Centre, The Junction, and other community-based centres. We will support existing learners where we can to complete their courses using online learning but during this time there will be no new learners enrolled from today (20 March 2020). We will review this regularly and issue further updates as we receive local and national guidance.

The ground floor at The Junction will remain open as Children and Family Centre services will continue for the foreseeable future.

For more information, please visit www.walthamforest.gov.uk/COVID19

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New Online course search

As part of the Council’s ongoing commitment to skills and learning we have set up a new system for learner enrolment, information and certificates. This new system will allow us to enrol you quicker than before and also put you in control of your own information on our system if you create an individual account.

We still have work to do on the site, but realise that many people rely on our online search to find the courses that they are interested in. We would value your comments and feedback as we continue to develop and improve the system.

Unfortunately online enrolment is currently unavailable but we are hoping to launch this soon.

Browse our online course search

Please email any comments or feedback about the online course search to adult.learning@walthamforest.gov.uk

For more information or to enrol please contact us on 020 8496 2974 or visit us at:

Queens Road Learning Centre
97 Queens Road
Walthamstow E17 8QR

The Junction
2-4 Cathall Road
Leytonstone E11 4LF

Apprenticeship jobs available now

Apprenticeships provide the best of both worlds with high-quality, work based training programmes. They are a fantastic way to launch yourself into a career when you have finished school. It’s also a great route for those already in employment to develop or change their future prospects and career.

We have a number of Apprenticeship job vacancies throughout Waltham Forest Council and private employers within the borough looking to recruit apprentices. These roles offer excellent prospects for progression to permanent employment.

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FREE Volunteering - English Conversation Club Volunteer Training

This opportunity is open to anyone, of any age or background, who would like to volunteer to run informal English Conversation Clubs for non-English speaking adults in the borough of Waltham Forest. We have clubs currently running in schools, children’s centres, places of worship and community centres.

You need to have excellent communication skills, an ability to get on with a diverse group of people, and be able to commit to supporting an English Conversation Club after the course finishes. To complete the course and gain the Level 3 City & Guilds you will also need to be able to write confidently.

The course is accredited by City & Guilds. You will be working towards the Level 3 Award in Supporting Learning.

For more information email conversationclub.als@walthamforest.gov.uk or call 020 8496 1130.

Earn, Learn and Live - Apprenticeships

Getting a job is a competitive business in this current climate. Employers look for work-ready people who commit to learning new skills and want to succeed. Our Apprenticeships will give you the skills, experience and qualifications that you need to get on in life and start your career.

We offer a range of exciting apprenticeship programmes for motivated young people who want to get on in life and further their career. To apply you need to be 16-24, highly motivated, work ready and have good English and maths. We offer apprenticeships with highly respected, successful private and public sector employers. Apprenticeships offer employment, a salary and a mix of on and off the job training to gain level two or level three qualifications to achieve the apprenticeship framework. Achieving an apprenticeship framework typically takes between 12 and 18 months.

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Our focus for the Adult Learning Service is helping you get the skills that employers need – from beginner level upwards. Our courses are easy to access, local and at times and days to meet your needs.

See what people that have been on our courses say about them.

  1. Office Procedures course

    “The lecturer and other pupils were friendly and made the course enjoyable.”

  2. Universal Jobmatch

    “I got to learn basic computer information, at the start I knew nothing”

  3. ICT Skills for Work – ITQ Level 1 Award

    “Tutor went out of her way to ensure we learnt, enjoyed and hopefully passed this course. Course both enjoyable and useful.”

  4. Family Art

    “Introduced me to new skills, especially felt making. Also doing activities with my children was a lovely experience.”