Ready for the new term: launching our 2022–23 adult learning courses and training

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Our skills team promoted our new courses and training to attendees

At our 27 July 2022 Jobs and Skills event, we launched our new programme of adult learning courses and workshops. About 1,500 people joined us at Westbury Jobcentre Plus in Walthamstow.

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Councillor Vicky Ashworth holds up a copy of our new 2022–23 prospectus

Councillor Vicky Ashworth (Jobs, Social Inclusion and Equalities) introduced our new prospectus as we officially opened enrolment for our 2022–23 courses and training.

It was the school holidays, so Ian Rae (Commercial Director, Regeneration, Planning & Delivery, Waltham Forest Council) was keen for us to have a free family workshop at our launch event. Children got creative with blank tote bags and learned while having fun.

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Family learning fun: creative tote bags from our free workshop

If you’re interested in our courses for parents and families with children, we offer all sorts of free family learning courses. Some of our courses are online and some are at parks and other venues in the borough.

Explore our new prospectus

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For more information about our courses and training, grab a copy of our new prospectus: go to your local library or ask at our main learning centres!

You can also download our September 2022–July 2023 prospectus (pdf, 4MB).

Be your best: enrol with us today!

From jobs to digital skills, English, parenting tips and wellbeing, our courses and training can help improve your life. To find out more or to enrol with us:

Huge turnout at our Jobs and Skills event

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Employers, Waltham Forest Council staff, Jobcentre Plus staff, local councillors and attendees at our jobs and skills event

We had a great day engaging with and supporting local residents at our Jobs and Skills event on 27 July 2022. Along with local councillors, 1,500 visitors joined us at Westbury Jobcentre Plus in Walthamstow.

Our Employment, Business and Skills teams, Jobcentre Plus staff and more than 50 employers showcased new job opportunities and training in Waltham Forest.

We are grateful to our colleagues and the Westbury Jobcentre Plus team for their work on making our launch event such a success.

Partnership for a better Waltham Forest

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Celebrating our partnership (left to right): Ian Rae (Commercial Director, Regeneration, Planning & Delivery, Waltham Forest Council); Councillor Elizabeth Baptiste (Estates); Michael Morley (Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Work & Health Services Group Director – London & Essex); Councillor Vicky Ashworth (Jobs, Social Inclusion and Equalities); Councillor Louise Mitchell (Adult Health and Social Care); and Rebecca Davey (Assistant Director, Employment, Business and Skills, Waltham Forest Council)

Rebecca Davey opened the event followed by speeches from Councillor Vicky Ashworth and Michael Morley (DWP).

‘Waltham Forest Council and the Jobcentre will strive to do everything we can to help you get better work’

Councillor Vicky Ashworth

During the event, the Council formally signed a partnership agreement with the DWP to collaborate on linking residents to jobs and skills opportunities. This new agreement with the DWP is just one of the ways Waltham Forest Council is connecting our residents to local jobs, courses and training.

Be employable: local jobs and free advice

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Council staff advising attendees on careers and vacancies in a variety of sectors

We had more than 300 vacancies from employers in construction, the creative sector, customer service, education, health, hospitality, logistics and security.

Before the event, our employment and skills teams – along with Westbury Jobcentre Plus staff – offered support sessions to help residents prepare for the event and find jobs.

Throughout the day, Westbury Jobcentre Plus staff, local employers, and our employment team promoted new jobs. Our teams also helped residents with CVs, interviews, job searches, and advice on coping with the cost of living crisis.

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Ian McCusker, HGV driver trainee speaking at our jobs and skills event

We also enjoyed listening to local resident Ian McCusker – now on the Council’s HGV driver training programme – about their successful job search experience.

We can help you get a job

Are you trying to get a job? Want to move up in your career? Our free employment service for Waltham Forest adults is here to support you.

For local jobs and free advice, contact us!

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 how to become a Conversation Club volunteer.

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.

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.

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.