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Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme logo

The Duke of Edinburgh’s (D of E) is a voluntary scheme for those aged 14-25 years and is a personal development programme for young people that allows them to undertake various activities within the four sections of volunteering, personal skills, physical activities and the expedition. This is a fun and enjoyable way to try out new exciting activities, develop your skills, meet new friends and also get a recognised award for your efforts. There are three levels of the award, Bronze, Silver and Gold, with each demanding more commitment at each level. To find out more about doing your D of E visit the website.

English, Maths and ICT Qualifications logo

Would you like a qualification in English, Maths or ICT? If you do not have a GCSE or an 'O' Level the Adult Essential Skills department at Farnborough College can help you work towards a City and Guilds equivalent qualification. This can help you improve your everyday skills and increase your confidence.

Telephone for help with choosing the right course for you and advice on how to join. The classes are free and you can achieve a recognised qualification.

Enham provides opportunities for young people between 16 and 18 years old, specifically those who are not engaged in education, training or employment. Their courses are tailored to meet individual needs thus creating the opportunity to gain extra qualifications, improve grades and develop skills that will help secure permanent employment, apprenticeships or college placements.

For more information please contact Sarah Wills by email or phone.

Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Services (EMTAS) logo

EMTAS is part of Children's Services within Hampshire County Council. Their service supports schools and families across Hampshire in raising ethnic minority achievement, through bilingual assistance, projects, training, family learning and advisory support.

Their educational classes for ethnic groups include Family Language Literacy, Keeping Up With The Children and Language for ICT.

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Family learning provides an opportunity for family members to learn together. The programmes aim to develop the skills or knowledge of the adult and the child, and to help adults to be more active and confident in supporting their children’s learning and development and to understand why that is important.

Family learning is used to engage families by providing a positive shared learning experience and is used as the opportunity to initially engage parents with low literacy or numeracy skills. Programmes can focus on a particular theme or activity such as arts and crafts, family games, healthy eating or understanding behaviour. These may initially be a short workshop leading onto a longer 10 hour programme with the ultimate aim of progressing adults onto longer literacy and numeracy based courses that improve their ability to help their children. Hampshire Learning’s tutor team can deliver courses that are free to families and fully funded.

If you are interested in finding out more please contact Julia Gahagan.

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Farnborough Rotary Club helps schools in the local area by giving children between the ages of 13 and 16 Mock Interviews and Enterprise Day Challenges. Rotary Club members also talk to school children about the jobs they do and the paths that got them there. These talks can be aimed at children of all ages, including primary age children. They can also help to organise a Skills Festival where groups of children visit about 4 business stalls for 30 minutes and conduct a task while learning about a job, career or higher education opportunities.

If your school would like help with these events and any other relevant business initiatives the Farnborough Rotary Club would be pleased to come and discuss these with you. They have many members with expertise and years of business experience who are happy to give their time for free to help your children understand more of the challenges they face in the employment world.

They also organise annual competitions for young people including Rotary Young Chef for 11 to 17 year old students in full time education; Rotary Young Writer for students in full time education in three age groups; and a Poetry Competition with cash prizes.

For more information please email Tina Potter or call Michael Smailes.

S2A is a Government funded programme for young people aged 16 to 19, which meets at the Farnborough Community Centre. S2A is for young people who have not yet decided what to do next and who want support with their English and Maths. They study Functional Skills English and Maths from Entry Level to Level 2 and learners can take City and Guilds exams to help strengthen their CVs. Learners are helped with college, job and apprenticeship applications and they also study employability, including the compilation of CVs, interview skills and techniques, and job searching. Learners go on a work placement which sometimes leads to employment. Life skills are also addressed such as how to manage your money, sexual health and drug and alcohol awareness.

Please phone for an interview.

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Hampshire Futures offer courses for 19 to 24 year olds where you can gain qualifications. These are free to those on benefit. They are skilled in dealing with learning disabilities or young people who may not have finished education or gone onto college.

The courses include English and maths up to Level 2; childcare to Level 1; business administration to introduce learners to the skills required for the workplace; book keeping including basic manual book keeping skills, invoicing and balancing accounts to Level 1; hospitality and catering including basic food preparation, health and safety awareness and an introduction to working in the hospitality industry to Level 1; and Level 1 or 2 in IT user skills including Word, processing, using email and IT communications.

The courses are held in Aldershot. For more information please email or call Hazel Prior, Employer Advisor at Aldershot Jobcentre Plus.

Training courses are available on healthy eating, life skills and cookery for adults with any learning difficulties. The courses are based at Bells Piece in Farnham. The basic courses are held 1 day a week for up to 8 weeks. Tailor made courses can also be run for groups, schools and clubs as well as individuals. Courses are run on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and half day courses on a Thursday. The cost is £25 a day with all refreshments included. Work books are provided and national CIEH food hygiene 1 and 2 standard qualifications are also offered. For more details contact Susie Thornely.

Hulya Learning Centre is a voluntary organisation serving local youngsters in the Rushmoor area. They support pupils of all ages in both mathematics and English and their students achieve 4 to 5 sub levels per year. References are available on request. Sessions are held on Saturdays from 10.00am to 3.00pm at Connaught School.

Exam revision and intensive courses are available before exam periods.

For more information email or call Hasan Turacli, Education Manager.

The Hulya Turkish School meet regularly at Connaught School in Aldershot. The school is run by volunteer parents and its aim is to help children in the Turkish community get in touch with their cultural heritage and learn their mother tongue. The school offers courses alongside the National Curriculum leading to qualifications in GCSE, AS and A2 Level Turkish, which are taken in addition to mainstream school examinations.

The school is staffed by professional, qualified teachers that have been employed by the Turkish National Education Office. It also offers support on mathematics and science to students from different backgrounds regardless of their race and origin and is open on Saturday and Sunday from 10.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. Morning instruction is focused on academic learning and the afternoon session is focused on the teaching of traditional Turkish folk dancing and Turkish music lessons. The school is not for profit but fees are required to cover the cost of the school’s expenses and can vary depending on the number of students attending each session.

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Listening Books runs a postal and online audiobook library with over 7,000 titles available for both adults and children. 5,000 titles are available as downloads. Listening Books not only caters for people with visual impairments but their service is also open to anyone who struggles to read or hold a book due to an illness, disability or learning difficulty such as dyslexia. Their titles span a huge range of genres including the latest bestsellers, classics, historical novels and crime, as well as non-fiction titles. For children and young people they not only provide a range of fiction but also support the school curriculum, providing set-texts and study guides.

They currently provide their service to around 23,000 people across the UK but regularly apply for funding to provide free membership for those who would find their usual fees a barrier to joining. They currently have funding for people who live in Farnborough and Aldershot. For more information please contact Jennifer Ades by email or phone. You can also visit the website.

The Samuel Cody Specialist Sports College (on the site of the former Oak Farm Community School) offers a host of part time Adult Learning courses, both leisure and skills based. They offer free courses to help people who are looking for work plus courses in basic English and basic maths. Junior courses are also available and they have some excellent facilities for hire.

For more information and course fees please email adult.learning@samuelcody.hants.sch.uk or call 01252 401087.

For more information about hiring their facilities please email community.lettings@samuelcody.hants.sch.uk or call 01252 401080.

Primary school pupils in Hampshire have the chance to learn about saving water and become a World Of Water (WOW) Agent with a talk from their local water company. South East Water’s education programme includes a water education booklet and a talk to schools. Pupils will learn about where their water comes from and how it’s treated, the importance of water for their health and how making small changes in the home and garden can save a significant amount of water. The education booklet includes questions, stickers, tasks, competitions and the Every Drop Counts Pledge which gives pupils the chance to become a WOW Agent by receiving a certificate and badge.

The free school talks are aimed at 8 to 11 year olds and last approximately 45 minutes. To apply for a school talk please email.

Established for over 30 years, Waverley Training Services provides free training in nationally recognised qualifications to the local community. They offer short accredited courses for the unemployed to help them get back to work and a variety of study programmes for 16 – 18 year olds.

They also work closely with businesses to offer apprenticeship schemes tailored to suit the individual company's needs and requirements.

For more information on all courses on offer please contact Pat Pryke or Sam McGrill.

West London Training (WLT) logo

WLT provide free Foundation C and G Level 1 plumbing and electrical courses for 16 - 18 year olds at their base in Aldershot.


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