Learners celebrated their success at an awards evening held by Wolverhampton's Adult Education Service.

More than 300 local people attended the ceremony after completing Childcare, Skills for Life and Teaching Assistant courses.

Some 90 students trained to be teaching assistants, with many starting jobs in local schools this autumn.

One of them, Lea Auden, said: "The Level 3 Teaching Assistant course offered by the Adult Education Service has improved my knowledge, and the help from staff has been tremendous."

Lesley Bridgewood, Manager for Education Studies, said: "I'm so proud of their achievements not just here on their course but also on placement in schools and nurseries in and around Wolverhampton during their studies."

Meanwhile, more than 200 students passed the rigorous Cambridge Skills for Life qualifications, gaining vital language skills and learning about life in the UK.

They included Hardeep Kaur who said: "Before I came to class I spoke very little English. The course has helped me a lot, the tutors made it really easy to learn and I am very happy."

Wolverhampton's Adult Education Service, which was rated Outstanding by Ofsted earlier this year, offers a wide range of courses, including arts and crafts, creative studies, languages, English, Maths, ICT and teaching and care, from more than 50 venues around the city. Some courses are free or available at a reduced rate, depending upon an individual's circumstances.

To find out more about the courses on offer, please visit Type=links;Linkid=2102;Title=Adult Education Service;Target=_blank; or call 01902 558180.

  • released: Wednesday 14 October, 2015