Give adult learning a go at East Riding College

Published: Monday 19th June 2017 by Rich Sutherland

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This week is Adult Learner’s Week. It’s the perfect chance to dust off that pencil case and get back into education.

We spoke to Rhys Davies, Vice Principal at East Riding College, to discover more about their adult learning opportunities.

“We have a wide range of adults come to us to develop their skills,” Rhys tells us. “The courses they choose all depends on their individual needs.”

East Riding College received a Grade 1 for their adult provision in February 2016. They have somewhere in the region of 1,500 adult students, a majority of which are part-time, with around 300 signed up to full-time courses.

“Many adults sign up to one of our evening classes, such as art, photography or languages. They want something recreational to do in their spare time,” he explains. “It’s also a great social opportunity to meet new people.”

Evening workshops at East Riding College include drawing, social media, flower arranging and performing arts. Meanwhile, others may want to enrol for employability purposes or change their careers.

“We offer an array of retraining programmes, including foundation degrees and access to higher education,” Rhys points out.

“These are excellent for those who have had a break from education and want to go back. Some maybe want a career change or need to top up their UCAS points to get into university.”

Criminology, counselling, ICT, and health and social care are just some of the options available for those wanting to switch jobs.

Otherwise, those already in a dream job may want to improve their knowledge and understanding of the industry:

“Many want to upskill and develop. We have a scope of professional courses, including accountancy and marketing.”

On the other hand, many rely on the college for access to basic skills:

“We provide GCSE English and Maths courses for those who didn’t manage to get the right grades at school,” says the Vice Principal. “Additionally, our ESOL qualifications are ideal for those who need to brush up their English language skills.”

Based in Hull, Bridlington and Beverley, East Riding College takes pride in being flexible to suit your needs, with plenty of options to fit around any other commitments.

“I think it’s quite daunting for some adults to come back to college, but I would say give it a try if you’re interested,” the VP enthuses.

“We have taster ‘Come and Try’ courses for just £14. If you like something, you can then join us on a part-time or full-time basis.”

“Every student is entitled to free career advice, and financial support is available if you need it. Many of our courses are fully funded.”

Rhys is a firm believer that it’s never too late to learn something new: “With us, you can learn at your own pace, in your own time and alongside like-minded people.”

For more information about the adult learning courses, please visit the East Riding College website.

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Published: Monday 19th June 2017 by Rich Sutherland

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