Hundreds of free courses available for eligible adults

By Amanda Wilkins - 26 March 2024

College & Higher EducationEducationCommunity

Swindon Borough Council are offering more than 100 free courses for eligible adults which include maths, english and IT.

The adult community learning service used by the council provides more than 100 free courses and enrolls over 750 eligible learners in 40 locations a year. 

The service offers opportunities for residents to gain new skills in subjects like health and wellbeing, maths, english and IT, or to help prepare for a return to work.

Although the majority of the courses are now back in the classroom some are avaliable online. Course descriptions found here indicate if course delivery is to be online or face-to-face. Face-to-face courses will operate in line with current Covid-19 guidance.

To access courses online at home, people should own a device on which they can access an internet connection. 

Graeme, a Swindon resident who initially had low confidence in the kitchen, had been seeking a cookery course where he hoped to improve his culinary skills to increase meal choices. Enrolling in the council's slow cooking course proved to be a turning point. 

The course equipped Graeme with the knowledge and confidence to explore batch cooking, a technique he had been interested in for a while.

Graeme said: “My new-found confidence is a key benefit of taking the cookery courses and has empowered me to experiment and become a more independent cook.”

By eating healthy food, Graeme has also found that he has lost weight and he has been eating fresher and more nutritious food throughout the week.

The fully-funded slow cooker courses, provided by Adult Community Learning, is available for people looking to improve their culinary skills or just work on the basics of food preparation. 

For further details, people can click here to view the full range of courses.


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