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    Helping you to 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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    From job skills to creative tutorials, we have hundreds of free and discounted courses. Our 2020-21 prospectus is now available.
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    Please book an appointment before you come to our buildings. Read more about the changes we are making to keep our learners and staff safe.
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    Earn while you learn with an apprenticeship. Browse all new roles or book a recruitment session to find out more.
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    Enrolment is now open for our 2020–21 courses (early bird and other discounts available).
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    Jobs, business support and funding, and courses and training


Gain skills for work, life and your wellbeing

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 courses, workshops and training are a mix of online and face-to-face learning. We have prepared our centres to ensure the safety of our staff and learners.

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 today

For most of our art, craft, gardening, community and family learning courses you do not need an assessment, so you can book your course online. Find out more about our courses: contact us.

Free courses and our new 50 per cent discount

Most of our courses are free or up to 70 per cent off depending on your circumstances. As of October 2020, we are also offering a 50 per cent discount on standard fees for even more of our courses. This is one way we are continuing to support learners during the Covid-19 pandemic. Read more about our course fees.

Your safety and Covid-19

Our 2020–21 courses and training are a mix of online and in-class learning. We are following Public Health England safety guidance for Covid-19. Read about the changes we have made to help keep our learners and staff safe

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.

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) Find out how to join a 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


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.”