Community Engagement - Buckinghamshire Adult Learning

Community Engagement

Community Engagement

We offer free courses and workshops to help you start to learn new skills, be more confident, meet new people, become a volunteer, get a qualification or get a job.*

Please do not worry about coming back to learning as an adult. We understand that adults learn differently to children and our classes are small and very supportive. Even if you did not enjoy school, we are sure that you will enjoy learning now!

Contact us to find out what we offer in your area or come to one of our weekly “ Digital Drop-ins”.

You do not need any qualifications to enrol on our courses. Please let us know if you have a disability that might affect your learning so that we can help you.

Courses include:

Online Employability Skills Workshops – Job searching online and CVs, Application forms, Preparing for Interviews and Video Interviews (enrol online here or call one of the team)

Digital Skills for Beginners

We can help you start to use a computer or gain more skills. Click on this link to apply for a place or call one of the team for advice.

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Who are we?

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James Keen, Community Engagement Officer

High Wycombe area:

James.Keen@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

Call or text: 07827 986448

Digital Drop In at Millbrook Adult Learning Centre HP12 4BA

Wednesday 12 – 2pm – no need to book

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Debbie Garwood, Community Engagement Officer

Aylesbury Vale, Chesham and South Bucks area:

Debbie.Garwood@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

Call or text: 07770 802497

Digital Drop In at Quarrendon Adult Learning Centre, HP19 9LJ

Tuesday 12 – 2pm – no need to book

Our learners

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Meet Graham

Graham has recently found a new job after attending our online employability workshops.

“The amount of support and encouragement that I received was fantastic and really boosted my self-confidence. They believed in me, so I did the same!”

Read Graham’s story here

Partnership Work

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We work with JobcentrePlus, Adviza, supported housing organisations, food banks, mental health services, charities, and local community groups for all ages and they refer people to our courses. We create new bespoke workshops and courses for groups to help people improve their lives through learning. e.g. Budgeting, Cookery, Craft, First Aid.

Please contact us to find out how we can help you, your clients or your volunteers.

100% of partners surveyed in 2021/22 said that they would recommend Buckinghamshire Adult Learning as an education provider.

Next Steps

We talk to you about what you want to do next – maybe you would like advice on getting a qualification in maths, English or digital skills or a vocational qualification from our wide range of Distance Learning courses. Or maybe you would like to talk to a careers advisor about volunteering or job opportunities.

Click on these links for further information on English, maths and Digital Skills courses.

Take a look at the Multiply page for free number workshops.

Information on Building Futures and Skill Up Bucks

Information on the National Careers Service

Self Defence Workshop

Mon 26 Sept 10am – 2.30pm

Millbrook ALC, Mill End Road, High Wycombe HP12 4BA

This workshop aims to give learners an introductory awareness of the techniques and observations required for personal safety and the other issues involved.

  • Defining Self Defence
  • Self Defence and the law
  • Self Defence strategies
  • Breaking Holds
  • Using the body as a weapon
  • Striking techniques
  • The target areas of the body.

*Funded for targeted adults 19 years or over who meet UK residency requirements and who otherwise might not be able to afford to attend adult learning courses, including those on low incomes, jobseekers and others referred by community partner organisations.

To further information please contact: James Keen 07827 986448, james.keen@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

Computer Confidence

Starts from Monday 3 October | 9.30am-12pm
Millbrook ALC, Mill End Road, High Wycombe HP12 4BA

Starts from Thursday 6 October | 10am-12.30pm
Chesham ALC, Chartridge Lane, Chesham HP5 2RG

Starts from Thursday 6 October | 9.30am-12pm
Quarrendon ALC, Holman Street, Aylesbury HP19 9LJ

To further information please contact: Debbie Garwood: 07770 802497 or debbie.garwood@buckinghamshire.gov.uk 

or

James Keen 07827 986448, james.keen@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

New Horizons - Improve your maths, English and Digital Skills

Starts from Monday 3 October | 12.30-3pm
Chesham ALC, Chartridge Lane, Chesham HP5 2RG

Starts from Tuesday 4 October | 9.30am – 12pm
Millbrook ALC, Mill End Road, High Wycombe HP12 4BA

Starts from Thursday 6 October | 12.30-3pm
Quarrendon ALC, Holman Street, Aylesbury HP19 9LJ

To further information please contact: Debbie Garwood: 07770 802497 or debbie.garwood@buckinghamshire.gov.uk 

or

James Keen 07827 986448, james.keen@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

Foundation Digital Skills

Starts from Monday 3 October | 9.30-11.30am
Quarrendon ALC, Holman Street, Aylesbury HP19 9LJ

Starts from Tuesday 4 October | 12.30-3pm
Millbrook ALC, Mill End Road, High Wycombe HP12 4BA

Starts from Wednesday 5 October | 9.30-11.30am
Chesham ALC, Chartridge Lane, Chesham HP5 2RG

To further information please contact: Debbie Garwood: 07770 802497 or debbie.garwood@buckinghamshire.gov.uk 

or

James Keen 07827 986448, james.keen@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

Introduction to Working in Warehousing

FREE* online 2 day course

Monday 3 October and Wednesday 5 October, 10am to 1pm each day
You must be able to attend both sessions

You will learn about:

  • Despatch Operative and Production Operative jobs
  • Health & safety responsibilities
  • Communication, customer service and team work skills
  • How to apply for vacancies
  • How to prepare for interviews

Improve your skills quickly in a friendly & supportive environment.

To find out more and to enrol please contact James Keen: 07827 986448, james.keen@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

*Funded for targeted adults 19 years or over who meet UK residency requirements.

Digital Drop-ins - Aylesbury and High Wycombe

Are you struggling to use a computer? Or would you just like to use our computers and free wifi?

Come along to one of our free, weekly digital drop-in sessions at Quarrendon Adult Learning Centre, Aylesbury or Millbrook Adult Learning Centre, High Wycombe.

Term-time Only

Tuesdays | 12-2pm from 13 September

Quarrendon ALC, Holman Street, Aylesbury HP19 9LJ

Wednesdays | 10-12pm from 14 September
Millbrook ALC, Mill End Road, High Wycombe HP12 4BA

Use our computers or bring your own device. Support is available if you need it.

To further information please contact: Debbie Garwood: 07770 802497 or debbie.garwood@buckinghamshire.gov.uk 

Free Information and Advice Sessions - Aylesbury Library

Come along to one of our free, weekly information and advice sessions at Aylesbury Library in partnership with P3 Housing.

Tuesdays | 10-12 noon
Aylesbury Library, Walton Street, Aylesbury HP20 1UU

No appointment required, just drop in. Everyone welcome.

Multiply - improve your confidence in maths

New FREE maths workshops across Buckinghamshire

  • Do you struggle with understanding the numbers on your bills?
  • Do you lose track of adding up when you’re out shopping?
  • Do you find it hard to work out the best discounts and deals for your money?

We are here to help you understand how we use maths in our everyday lives.

 

Multiply – Buckinghamshire Adult Learning (adultlearningbc.ac.uk)

Distance Online Learning

Our distance learning courses are a new way for you to learn online. Choose from a wide range of subjects and improve your employability skills or develop your personal skills and professional knowledge. Find out more.

Sector Work-based Academy Programmes

Buckinghamshire Adult Learning work in partnership with the Department of Work and Pensions to deliver SWAPs or Sector-based Work Academy Programmes.

These intensive courses aim to give jobseekers the skills and confidence to apply for jobs in specific industries such as Hospitality, the Civil Service, Rail, Adult Social Care and roles in Business Administration across different sectors.

SWAPs normally include a work experience placement or a guest speaker from an employer who has job vacancies. Some SWAPs include a guaranteed interview but if this is not offered, jobseekers are given support with the job application process. While you’re not guaranteed to get a job from completing a SWAP, it does help you to improve your chances of gaining employment in that sector.

The content and length of each course varies depending on whether it includes a qualification.

Some courses are delivered 100% online, some are face-to-face in a classroom or a mixture of both. Some are delivered directly by Buckinghamshire Adult Learning and some are delivered by our subcontractors.

If you are looking to change or boost your career, please contact your Work Coach who can support you apply for a place.

Find out more here.

*Courses are funded for adults aged 19 years or over at 1/8/22 who have at least 3 years residency in the UK/EU. Funding for these courses is targeted to support people who otherwise might not be able to afford to attend adult learning courses, including those with qualifications below Level 2 or no qualifications, those on low incomes, jobseekers and others referred by community partner organisations. 

Routes to Work

Face to face support for jobseekers in Chesham, Aylesbury and High Wycombe.

Fairhive Community Hub

Every Tuesday at the Vineyard Church, Aylesbury.

You don’t need to be a Fairhive resident to come to the Hub for advice and support.

Buckingham Job Club

Call us and we’ll agree a time and place to meet virtually or by phone in order to help you to return to employment. If you’re not sure what you want to do we’ll discover the skills you have and where they can be used to your advantage.

We’ll show you how to fine tune your CV to give you the edge when you apply for jobs. We can run a practice interview with you to give you confidence and help you to enhance your skills.

For those people who struggle with IT we can help them to get online to search for vacancies and to make online applications.

Call 07770 380717.

Careers Springboard

A free job club for Managers, Professionals and Graduates actively seeking work.

Careers Springboard is a registered charity which offers help and support during your job search. We provide free employment support services for people living in the Chilterns, South Buckinghamshire and surrounding areas, but also welcome people from further afield.