Keep learning with Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service

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Our new prospectus and 2020–21 course listing

At Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service, we are committed to supporting residents as they learn new skills and gain accredited qualifications.

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Get started with our prospectus and online course search

Ready to enrol? You might need to do an assessment first

For English, maths, ESOL and all our qualification courses you will need to book a free assessment with us.

Enrol on our art, craft, community and family learning courses

For most of our art, craft, gardening, community and family learning courses you can book your course online.

Find out more about our courses: contact us.

Free jobs help

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Trying to get a new job? We can help you. We have free tips and one-to-one advice sessions for Waltham Forest residents.

Rapid Employment Service

The new Rapid Employment Service can also help you to get a new job: from improving your CV to completing applications.

Online learning and our full list of new courses and training

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Some of our courses are online, others are in-class or a mix of online and in-class learning. Explore our online course listing for an up-to-date list of all our new courses.

Creativity and wellbeing

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We have a collection of wellbeing and self-care tips and activities for children and adults. Our creativity, learning and wellbeing page is packed with resources to keep you and your family learning.

Become an apprentice

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We are remotely supporting and recruiting apprentices: please check our list of current apprenticeship roles.

Employers: email to find out how you and your staff can benefit from our apprenticeship scheme.

Free English Conversation Clubs

We have virtual English conversation clubs almost every day (except Sunday). Our clubs are free. To join a club, please complete our online booking form.

Want to volunteer?

We train volunteers to lead our English Conversation Clubs. If you would like to volunteer with us, please email

Share-ArtBox stage one now complete

Art and craft supplies from one of our Share-ArtBoxes.

The Share-ArtBox project is about bringing together local families and adults to get creative.

Thank you for signing up

Thank you to everyone who signed up for our Share-ArtBox project over the summer. We are now exploring a new phase of the project and will contact you to let you know more.

Other FAN projects

Share-ArtBox is a Waltham Forest Friends and Neighbours (FAN), Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service and Connecting Communities project.

Find out about this and other FAN projects: email the FAN team or text 07918 771 041

Online exhibition: ESOL Precious Objects 2020

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A wedding dress, baby bracelet, mobile phone, a painting, a tea cup … What do they all have in common? Our online exhibition of ESOL learners’ precious objects!

We asked learners on our ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) courses to submit an image of something important to them and write a caption. You can explore all the submissions on our public Facebook page (no need to log in).

Enter our summer 2020 art competition by midnight on Sunday 6 September

More time to showcase your creativity!

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Win a gift voucher and have your art recreated on a Waltham Forest mural! Enter art on the theme ‘Stars can’t shine without darkness’ and highlight our strong community ties during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Please read a full description of this art competition (pdf) and our competition terms and conditions (pdf).

Who can enter

Our art competition is open to all Waltham Forest residents over the age of 5.
There are two categories arranged by age: 5–15 years old, and 16 years old and over.

When (new closing date)

  • Enter by midnight on Sunday 6 September.
  • Online voting starts after the shortlist is published on our Facebook page. Voting closes at midnight on Sunday 27 September.
  • Winners will be announced the week starting Monday 28 September.

Submit your art

Before you submit your art, please read  our competition terms and conditions (pdf).
You will also need to:

  • Make a high-quality image that is large enough to show the detail in your art.
  • Save your image file with your name e.g. FirstnameLastname_art – this is important so we can identify your work
  • Write 50–100 words, explaining how your artwork relates to the competition theme.
  • Have the following information ready about your art: media used; dimensions of artwork; and date created.


Complete our registration form and upload an image of your art.

This competition is organised by the Waltham Forest Friends and Neighbours (FAN) team (part of the Council’s Connecting Communities programme) and the Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service.

Keep London Learning

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We are proud to join with other education providers and be a part of Keep London Learning.