New skills, new opportunities

  • 05
  • Jun

Every year Islington Council offers hundreds of free adult learning courses, which make a real different to the lives of residents. This is something Louise Meade can attest to as she embarks on a new job after completing two courses.

Louise had been out of work for almost six months and was keen to get back to employment as quickly as possible.

She says: “I wanted to change direction in career and I wanted some computer skills – so I came along to see what course were on offer.”

After a short assessment, an ALC tutor suggested two courses – Introduction to Administration and IT Skills for the Office – and Louise decided to do both.

“I found the admin course excellent, it gave me a lot of skills and it was really helpful for me to work as part of a team,” she says. “I enjoyed meeting other people, learning from them and engaging with them.”

While she was learning, Louise’s tutor gave her lots of support with applications and interviews and towards the end of the course she applied for an apprenticeship with the council and was successful.

She says: “I’m really looking forward to getting back into work, into a routine and learning new things.”

Islington’s courses cover a huge range of subjects – from CV workshops to GCSE maths; from adult social care to basic food hygiene. So whatever you’re interested in, there is something for you. Places are available now.

Louise says: “If you’re considering doing a course I would say 100 per cent to go for it because you will gain new skills, meet new people and build your confidence. It really helped me with that. And if you’ve been out of work for a while it gives you a sense of purpose, which is really good. Go for it!”

Council courses are free for Islington residents or parents with children in Islington schools. You must be 19+, unemployed, or low-waged and receiving benefits to qualify. You will need to bring ID and proof of benefits with you when you enrol on a course.

To find out more, including a full list of courses, click here or call 0207 527 5083.

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