At this time of year, we often think about children returning excitedly to school, clutching new, trendy water bottles, desperate to catch up with their friends. The truth is that we are all learning every day, and we often don’t notice it. The working landscape is changing too, particularly in the Capital. People still work in offices, hospitals, care homes and shops, but many more people work from their favourite coffee shop, or from their kitchens. If we think back ten years or so, there were very few Search Engine Optimisers, Social Media Managers… and certainly no Uber Drivers!
Technology these days is moving at an incredible pace, opening up new jobs and whole new vocational areas. Life is full of amazing career opportunities, and taking advantage of them is only possible when we have the right skills. This starts with having secured the basic knowledge that opens so many doors. Maths and English qualifications are as important to adults as they are to school pupils. If you had a bad experience at school or didn’t get the opportunity to secure those all-important certificates, then help is at hand. Westminster Adult Education Service offers a wide range of Maths and English courses (including GCSEs) that can take you from whatever level you’re working at now – to wherever you want to go.
It can be very intimidating admitting to somebody else that you are concerned about your Maths or English skills. The most important thing to remember is that this is a common problem, and our friendly staff are able to quickly put you at your ease and get you onto the right path for progress.
Teaching in the 21st Century is very different from what went before. Blackboards, chalk and exercise books are a thing of the past; teaching is interactive, exciting and, believe it or not, fun. Classmates are encouraged to work as a team, cracking the codes to mathematical problems or playing English quizzes. Learning happens much more quickly when you are not working on your own, and it is retained more easily too.
Achieving the standard of Maths and English needed for most jobs in the Capital not only opens up better-paid employment, but it also allows you to move on to new areas of study. It could inspire you to take a course in a different area, but it could equally inspire you to look at university level courses. Once you start to love learning, the sky is the limit!
Career Changers, take note: we can help you too. If you have always yearned for a career in Fashion, Design, Media make-up or maybe Health and Social Care, then it is not too late for you to make a change this year. Find out more today: www.waes.ac.uk
Every year we take students on a journey that many of them never thought possible, learning things they never knew existed – building confidence, building friendships and reaching for new goals. Come along to our centres to enrol, see www.waes.ac.uk or call 020 7297 7297.
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