Adult Education Wolverhampton is holding an open week to showcase its courses for people with a learning disability.

The Outstanding rated provider's Life Skills programme is designed to help improve people's communication, practical, concentration, team working and problem solving skills.

Life Skills can also help people take the first step towards employment and develop their English and maths skills to enable them to live more independently.

People with a learning disability, and their family and carers, can find out more about the programme and meet tutors and current students at a series of drop in sessions taking place from Tuesday to Friday, 22 to 25 May. Tutors will be on hand to discuss the various course options.

Life Skills student Tony Beardsmore, who attends cookery, arts and crafts sessions, said: "I have attended classes at a number of different colleges but rate Adult Education Wolverhampton as number one - the tutors are fantastic.

"I like to learn and I want to be able to help others in class, and my aim is to develop as many skills as I can. The Life Skills classes have helped me gain more confidence and I have made many new friends."

Fellow student Emma Hunt added: "Having autism has created many learning barriers throughout the years and I was worried that I would not fit in my class; I should not have worried because I was made to feel safe and my learning could begin straight away.

"I enjoy helping my friends to gain confidence as well because it's important that we learn so that we can be as independent as possible in the future."

Councillor John Reynolds, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: "It's great that Life Skills students speak so highly of the programme and of their experiences of Adult Education Wolverhampton, and the open week is an excellent opportunity to find out more about some of the educational opportunities available for adults with a learning disability in Wolverhampton."

To find out more about the Life Skills programme starting in September 2018, please visit The Maltings, Herbert Street, Wolverhampton, on Tuesday, Thursday 24 and Friday 25 May between 10am and 3pm and Wednesday 23 May from 10am to 12pm. Alternatively, please call 01902 551654, email or log on to Type=links;Linkid=2102;Title=Adult Education Service;Target=_blank;.

  • released: Friday 11 May, 2018