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Inspiration for learningSkills crafters

Inspiration for learningSkills crafters

Feb 15, 2016

Lovely article in the Sheilds Gazette about one of our Pottery tutors Lindsey Grieves who recently took her Ceramics business on tour to France. Lindsey teaches Pottery at Bensham Grove and is inspirational to all crafters thinking about starting their own business. If you would like to know more about learning about crafting for leisure or enterprise; call us on 0191 4338646, or leave us a message. Lindsey said ” I’m very grateful right now because I had a lovely article published in the gazette newspaper about my business,  it’s also online at their website. Being able to do a job I love is just amazing x x Happy Days x” Here’s a link to the article if you wish to take a peek x x Read the article in the Sheilds...

Apprentices feedback on their experience with learningSkills

Apprentices feedback on their experience with learningSkills

Dec 20, 2015

learningSkills Apprentices give us outstanding feedback. Here are just a few of those comments about the tutors/assessors. “….I had an amazing assessor,…who was wonderful all throughout…” “Very supportive.” “I felt the overall experience was good…” Here are just a few of those comments about their employers: “The company which I now have a full time contract with is also amazing.” “I had plenty of support from the company…” Apprentices commented that they would recommend Gateshead Council learningSkills to others who were thinking about an apprenticeship because: “…of the help and support that is offered”. “It’s a good opportunity…” “…the people I met through Gateshead Council were all very professional and friendly…” To become an Gateshead Council learningSkill Apprentice contact 0191 433 8727 or www.gateshead.gov.uk/enrol ...

Breakout Programme

Breakout Programme

Dec 7, 2015

People with learning disabilities have gained significant improvement in independence, confidence and employability through the Breakout Programme. This Pilot programme was developed in September 2014 and has had amazing success in its first year. It engages with young people aged 16 to 24 with a range of learning disabilities and develops the skills they need to lead independent lives, travel on their own, work, have enhanced social lives and increase confidence. The course also develops formal skills in English, Maths, ICT, Vocational Learning and Employability Skills This programme is based at the Dryden Centre in Lowfell Gateshead and is part of a range of programmes developed to meet the needs of people with learning Disability through learningSkills Supported learning Service, contact Mary Burns (maryburns@gateshead.gov.uk) on 0191 4336450 for more...

GCSE Maths – 86% gain Exam Success

GCSE Maths – 86% gain Exam Success

Oct 21, 2015

 This year the Skills For Life team began delivering GCSEs in maths. The course was led by Sarah Richardson who created new and invigorating resources to support the class and in June seven learners completed the exam. The learners had various reasons for completing the course, from needing it to succeed at work, to not having enjoyed maths in the school environment. We are very proud of the initial results. Six learners achieved a C grade and one learner achieved an E and it was evident that all learners had progressed on their GCSE journey. The Skills For Life Team are increasing thier GCSE delivery this year with the role out of GCSE English from September 2015 with Lisa Nicolson. Contact us 0n 0191...

Mother becomes a Family Learning champion

Mother becomes a Family Learning champion

Jan 8, 2015

Beverly Orr first approached Family Learning at Wardley Children’s Centre in 2009. Bev wanted to get involved with learning based around her child. Her son, Tyler, was then 1 year old (using the Family Learning crèche) and Bev attended Family Learning courses throughout the next 2-3 years. She was able to gain skills and abilities to help her son with early number and language development in preparation for nursery school. Bev also achieved qualifications in Level 1&2 English and Maths during her time with Family Learning. She then went on to complete and achieve a qualification in ICT (ECDL) in 2012. Impact of learning on learners and their children Bev has gained personal confidence throughout her learning journey. When her son went to nursery in 2012, she was proud to receive positive comments from his teacher who said that Tyler was very advanced in his development, especially with his  reading, writing and number skills. Bev attributes this to what she had learnt with Family Learning. “Bev is the perfect Family Learning Champion. She is a shining example of how you can help and support your children.” This year, Bev has become a Family Learning Champion. She encourages parents to get involved with Family Learning by talking to them about the benefits to themselves and their children. Her son Tyler is now attending Lingey House Primary School  and Bev is taking part in the Family Maths and Family English courses in the school. She is a wonderful role model and example of how you can help and support your children. At the moment Bev is working as a volunteer with Citizen’s Advice Bureau. She is receiving training to become a qualified advisor. Bev commented; “Being part of Family Learning has given me a focus and the confidence to go on and learn something new. I am looking forward to my role as Family Learning Champion,” “Bev is a valued learner and a true ambassador for Family Learning” Family Learning Manager Karen Milne voiced the thoughts of the team when she commented upon Bev’s achievement and support. Karen said; “Bev has continued to develop her personal and professional skills. She is a valued learner. We are...

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