Adult Learners Week 2013

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Adult Learners Week 2013

06 October 2014

With 800 courses and approximately 6000 students, adult learning courses at Bracknell & Wokingham College are making a significant impact within the local community.

Adult learners ready to take the next step on the career ladder, moving into new professions or aiming to get back into the workplace are all able to find suitable courses to develop their skills and achieve qualifications at the college. With over 40 years’ experience delivering these courses and tutors with broad backgrounds in the subjects they deliver, the college is able to help adult learners to make the most of themselves.

Adult Learners’ Week is a national celebration of the benefits of lifelong learning and recently the college were delighted to receive a letter of gratitude from an adult student who has developed her skills through the college for almost 25 years.

Locally based Anne D'Souza first became a Bracknell & Wokingham College student in 1989 when she enrolled on a typewriting course and the relationship between her and the college has remained in place ever since. Anne has gone on to complete a number of different courses with the college, as have her husband and their children.

Most recently Anne decided to make a career change to pursue her dream of working with children and with aid of government funding completed an NVQ Level 2 in Child Care Learning & Development followed immediately by the Cache Level 2 Diploma in Play work (NVQ).This has subsequently led to a full-time role working in a school. Anne was presented with a Certificate of Achievement for her Childcare course at the college’s award ceremony for adult learners.

A very enthusiastic Anne said of her experiences with the college:

“I was inspired, aided, reassured encouraged, guided and advised by some very kind, caring, supportive and knowledgeable lecturers who aided me through my qualifications. They are an amazing team and I would like to personally thank them and also the staff behind the scenes in the Learning Resource Centre and at the reception in Church Road

The college is a focal point and is very much in the heart of the community.  We live in a diverse society and the college has certainly provided for this accordingly.  It brings business into our town and helps with the economy, and it helps people build a future and gain financial stability through education and a better job.”

Cheryl Spence, Work Based Programmes Coordinator for the college said:

"Anne has been a great student and supporter of the college for many years and we are very proud of what we have been able to help her to achieve. Our adult courses are designed to help people to make changes in their lives and to fulfil their ambitions whether they want to change their career or improve their skills for their current one. Anne's success is a great example of this.”

Adult learners who are considering a course at college may be eligible for the new 24+ Advanced Learning Loans for Level 3 or 4 courses. These loans can help learners to get the qualifications they need without the initial cost and they will only have to be paid back once the learner is earning more than £21000.

To find out more about our adult learning classes and funding you may be eligible for please call 0845 330 3343 or visit

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