Wokingham Borough Connect
Looking to improve your skills for work or for your own confidence? Adult Education courses are a great way of improving self confidence through learning and gaining new skills. All of our courses are interactive and tutor led with small groups of learners.
Some courses are free and those courses that have a cost are free for anyone who is in receipt of Universal Credit (work related), Employment Support Allowance, Jobseeker’s Allowance, or are on low income and in receipt of Income Support. Please contact us with any queries around costs. Eligibility requirements for all courses are at the end of the newsletter. Apply here
Introduction to being a Teaching Assistant and Working in Schools
- 23 February to 30 March, Thursdays 10am to 12pm, Ambleside Centre, Woodley
- £45 – free to those on jobseeking benefits or a low income
- Apply here
Find out more about different roles available in schools and gain an understanding of how to apply for roles. Explore your own strengths and weaknesses in your transferable skills and build your confidence to apply for roles in schools.
Excel for beginners
- 23 February to 23 March, Thursdays 10am to 12 am or 1pm to 3pm, Wokingham Library
- £30 – free to those on jobseeking benefits or a low income
- Apply here
Learn to use Excel and create simple spreadsheets. Gain confidence in sorting data, entering data and find out how you can use it for work or personal use.
Help with your maths
- Online on Zoom
- Apply here
During the sessions you will refresh the basic maths skills which are used in everyday life and work including fractions, percentages and ratios. The course will help you assess your current skill level and identify further courses you could attend if you want to improve your maths skills further. Suitable for learners who have not gained a GCSE grade 4/C or above, or Functional Skills level 2. The sessions are free for learners who have lived in the UK for more than 3 years and are part of the Multiply initiative.
English for speakers of other languages
- Online on Zoom or classroom based – classes run through the week in different locations and different times
- Apply here for an assessment
Improve your English in a small, supportive group, with a choice of online or classroom learning . Build your confidence in speaking, writing, reading and listening and explore helpful topics such as health, work and education. We have a number of classes running, and will assess new learner’s current level of English with an easy online assessment tool, before offering a place in an appropriate class.
You need to:
Live or work within the Wokingham Borough, or have a child attending a Wokingham school,
- AND be over 19 years old (as of 31st August 2022)
- AND have ordinarily been resident in the UK or EEA for at least 3 years. If you are an EEA National, you need to have obtained either pre-settled or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme.
All Ukrainian adults and their family members supported through the Ukraine Family Scheme and Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme are immediately eligible for courses and are exempt from the 3-year residency requirement.
Hong Kong British National (Overseas) visa holders in the UK, are eligible to apply for courses without having to be a resident for three years for courses ending before 31/03/23.
There are a number of other exemptions including those for some asylum seekers or refugees. Please email us or call 0778 5314 603 if you wish to discuss any exemptions further.