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New arts and crafts courses starting soon

Introduction to Cake Decoration

Course Code: QRPNM0l

The course starts 24 April 2019 and ends 22 May 2019 (5 sessions) and runs every Wednesday, 10am – 1pm at Queens Road Learning Centre, Waltham stow E17 8QR.

Full fee: £80
Discounted fee: £42.50
Jobseekers fee: £42.50

You will learn:

  • Buttercream Piping Skills: including to create that infamous cupcake rose
  • Work with Sugarpaste: colour and work with Sugarpaste to smoothly cover cakes and board
  • Gum paste detail: Make your own gumpaste and use to create bows, frills and lettering
  • Create flowers: Using tools create 2D and 3D flowers
  • Model toppers: model a cute topper using your gained skills and complete your cake creation!

Introduction to Underwear

Course Code: QRPSR07

The course starts 24 April 2019 and ends 22 May 2019 (5 sessions) and runs every Wednesday, 6pm – 9pm at The Junction, Leyton stone E11 4LF.

Full fee: £80
Discounted fee: £42.50
Jobseekers fee: £42.50

This course is for beginners. You will be making a piece of cotton lingerie, and will have the choice of a basic pair of elasticated briefs, French knickers or men's boxer shorts.

You will learn:

  • How to read and use a sewing pattern
  • How to safely set up and use a sewing machine
  • Different types of basic stitches & what they are used for
  • Simple methods of finishing, edging & elastication
  • How to make a piece of lingerie

Start Sewing

Course Code: JCPNM03

The course starts 24 April 2019 and ends 22 May 2019 (5 sessions) and runs every Wednesday, 10am – 1pm at The Junction Learning Centre, Leytonstone E11 4LF.

Full fee: £65
Discounted fee: £23
Jobseekers fee: FREE

You will learn:

  • Stitches and techniques on the machine
  • How to use different fabrics
  • Piping, adding zips and top stitching
  • Machine maintenance

30+ 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.”