Opportunities to learn with Wakefield Council

08/06/2020, PR-9425A

Wakefield district residents are being reminded there are opportunities to learn new skills and gain qualifications through the Council’s Adult Education Service

Cllr Darren Byford
Cllr Darren Byford

The Council has closed its education centres due to the coronavirus outbreak but is continuing to provide support by distance learning including over the phone, through zoom, WebEx and Microsoft Teams and by email and post.   It is offering these sessions to 550 existing learners, just as though they were in a classroom and will be starting new courses soon, they are now ready to welcome new learners.


The Council is also offering 25 free completely online, level 2 courses in vocational subjects including customer service, business administration, team leading, safe handling of medication, care planning and nutrition and health. These courses can be completed in 8-10 weeks, resulting in a nationally recognised qualification.


People can also sign up for introductory sessions in maths, English and creative courses such as drawing, painting and sewing, which can all be followed at home.


All of the courses offered by the service can enhance skills, boost future job prospects, build confidence and enable people to take up a new pastime.


Cllr Darren Byford Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Regeneration, said: “During these very challenging times I am proud of how our services have adapted to enable hundreds of existing learners to continue to study from home, as well as creating opportunities for new learners to join online courses.


“As a Council we support lifelong learning for all adults and despite the challenges, I am pleased we are able to continue to offer this educational support residents in our district.”


Families, looking for fun learning activities can find ideas and inspiration on Facebook at: wakefieldadulteducation.


People can also visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/adulteducation for the latest course information.


The Council is following the latest government advice on the coronavirus pandemic.


For updates and information on services, including Adult Education, please visit: http://www.wakefield.gov.uk/about-the-council/coronavirus-information