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Our 2020–21 courses start in September

Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service is committed to supporting our residents as they learn new skills and gain qualifications.

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Our 2020–21 academic year starts in September with a mix of online and face-to-face learning. We have prepared our centres to ensure the safety of our staff and learners.

Prospectus and course listings

Download a pdf of our 2020-21 prospectus (6MB)

Ready to enrol?


Apprenticeship jobs available

Apprenticeships are high-quality, work-based training programmes. They are a fantastic way to start or change your career.

Our experienced team will help you find the right role. Start with our list of apprenticeship roles

Employers: you could get £2,000 to employ an apprentice! To find out how, email our team apprenticeships.als@walthamforest.gov.uk


Keep learning with us!

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Trying to get a job? Our free jobs help courses and resources can help. 

We are also recruiting new apprentices and running our successful English Conversation Clubs remotely.

Keep learning with us! Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service is proud to join with other education providers and be a part of Keep London Learning.


New closing date for our Waltham Forest art competition: ‘Stars can’t shine without darkness’

Enter our art competition by midnight on Wednesday 5 August for your chance to win a gift voucher and have your art recreated on a Waltham Forest mural!

Create a piece of art that highlights Waltham Forest's strong community ties during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Find out more

Our art competition is open to all Waltham Forest residents over the age of 5. Read more about our art competition and how to enter


Share-ArtBox: make creative connections with other Waltham Forest residents

Our Friends and Neighbours (FAN) team are connecting Waltham Forest residents to share their stories and get creative.

Make and create with Share-ArtBox! Open to all Waltham Forest residents over the age of 9, you will be partnered with another Waltham Forest resident from a different culture or background.

Take part

You and your partner will get free art and craft boxes. You both make something to share your culture, ideas, memories and craft skills with each other. Find out more and register for Share-ArtBox.


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.


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.”