New learning opportunities for adults

As part of Adult Learners’ week this week there are lots of opportunities available for people wanting to gain new skills in Leeds.

The celebration will include a range of events in various locations across Leeds where learning opportunities from beauty , gardening and maths skills to confidence and self-esteem lessons will be available to try.

The activities are listed on the Adult Learners’ Week website at http://www.alw.org.uk/,  along with other opportunities available throughout the year.

Currently there are over 1100 community learning courses offered in Leeds across 250 venues. Each year between 7,000 and 9,000 people enrol on the various courses to gain new skills, knowledge and generally to enjoy further learning as adults.

Case Study – Stacey Buckley

Stacey had always wanted to work in childcare and had previously started a course, but withdrew after losing her step mum. A couple of years later Stacey found out she was pregnant, but lost the child early in the pregnancy. Both these events hit her hard and had a big effect on Stacey’ emotional wellbeing and her confidence levels.

Stacey later found out she was pregnant again, but was so concerned about protecting her child that she would not go out or take her anywhere that was not totally necessary. The Family Outreach team contacted Stacey and convinced her to attend the family learning course.

When she first attended the class she was very shy and timid, and did not engage fully in group tasks. Stacey got really embarrassed when asked a question or for her views and opinions, but as she continued she became an active more vocal and valuable member of the group.

Stacey initially gained a level 1 progression award in Supporting Children’s Learning, after completing two Family Learning courses she went on to do a family health course before progressing and achieving a CCLD level 3 childcare qualification at Leeds City College. This required Stacey to find a placement which the children’s centre agreed to.

Stacey is now qualified at level 3 and has been successful in obtaining full time childcare assistant position at the children’s centre.

Stacey said:

“The learning courses have been a great help to me, increasing my knowledge and skills in different areas and increasing my confidence greatly.

“I have really enjoyed meeting new people and gaining a set of new skills, and look forward to continuing my learning.”

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council executive board member for skills said:

“Community learning courses offer a great way to build confidence in areas ranging from basic computing through to French or even singing - and with no age barrier to accessing these opportunities everyone in the city can get involved, meaning learning is open for all.

“Such learning opportunities allow people of all ages to gain new skills and learn for fun or get a new qualification, as well as helping people get back into work.

“Many of our learners experience great satisfaction through trying something new, be that through increased confidence or the new skills they obtain.”


For media enquiries, please contact;

Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450

Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk