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    Gain skills for work, life and your wellbeing: explore our new courses and get started
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    Our courses can help you gain new skills and find a new job. We can help improve your CV, self-confidence and job applications for free.
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    For you and your family: learn all sorts of art, crafts and fashion with us or get outdoors with our gardening courses.
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    Learn and get paid with an apprenticeship. Browse all new roles or book a recruitment session to find out more.
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    We have courses for beginners (how to use a smartphone and computer) and more experienced learners
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    Jobs, business support and funding, and courses and training
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    Please book an appointment before you come to our buildings. Read more about our safety changes.


19 July 2021 onwards and Covid-19: Our learning centres are open and ready for our new academic year which starts in September 2021. Our courses are online, in-class or a mix of both. Read more about how we are following Waltham Forest Council’s public health policy for your safety.

Gain new skills: enrol with us

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Ready to learn new skills? We have hundreds of courses and training for you to choose from. Get started: explore our 2021–22 prospectus and course listings.

Most of our courses are free or you can get a discount of up to 70 percent off depending on your circumstances. If you don’t qualify for free courses, book early to get a 10 percent discount!

For you and your family: creative, gardening and wellbeing courses

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Most of our art, craft, fashion, gardening, family learning and wellbeing courses can be booked online. Find out more and enrol on a creative, gardening or wellbeing course today.

Join our Adult Learning Board (apply by 17 November 2021)

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Could you help improve and promote our tasks and role in Waltham Forest? If you are interested in adult education and public service, volunteer to join our Adult Learning Board! You could become a non-executive board member representing Waltham Forest residents.

To apply, please read about our Board and complete our Adult Learning Board member application form by Wednesday 17 November 2021.

Digital skills and employment programme for Waltham Forest residents

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Waltham Forest residents: you could learn practical skills on our new digital skills and employment programme.

We are also training volunteer digital mentors. If you have good digital skills and a digital qualification, get free accredited digital mentor training to support local residents.

Free Passport to Work programme for unemployed Waltham Forest residents

Passport to Work. For unemployed Waltham Forest residents: a free programme to help you get a job and gain digital and work skills. Start by booking a free information session. Phone 020 8496 2974 www.lbwfadultlearning.co.uk

Are you trying to get a job? Our Passport to Work programme for unemployed Waltham Forest residents includes digital skills, interview skills and teamwork. You will also create a learning plan and get access to job vacancies. Start by booking one of our Passport to Work information sessions.

Become job-ready: free job clubs, support and courses

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Job hunting? For support and expert advice, join one of our free job clubs for Waltham Forest residents.

If you are trying to get back into work, get your first job or change your career, it can be hard to know where to start. We can help: from CV tips to apprenticeships, vacancies and skills courses.

You can also explore free jobs support, training and resources from Microsoft, Waltham Forest Council and Gov UK.

Laptop loans for our learners

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We understand that it can be hard to access a computer to keep up with your learning. To help, we have a new laptop loan service and we are exploring ways to help with internet access too.

Live in or near London? Learn with us!

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You don’t have to live in Waltham Forest to enrol with us: our courses are open to all adults in the UK aged 19 years and older. Do you live in Loughton, Debden or Buckhurst Hill? Some of our courses are online, but if you live near Waltham Forest, you could also take an in-person or blended (online and in-person) course with us. Find out more about enrolling with us.

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

Our English Conversation Clubs and free volunteer training

Practise speaking English in a friendly group. Join one of our free English Conversation Clubs for Waltham Forest residents. We have clubs almost every day (Monday to Saturday). Join a free English Conversation Club.

Our Clubs are run by trained volunteers. Want to volunteer? We offer free accredited training for the volunteers who run our Conversation Clubs. Find out more about becoming a Conversation Club volunteer.

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.

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.

Please note: the group images of learners and staff on our website were taken before Covid-19 safety measures and restrictions.

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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.

What people who 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.”