Merton publishes new adult education courses online

Merton Council’s new programme of adult education courses for 2016/17 is now live online for adult learners to browse and book onto courses of their choice.

New course provider South Thames College offers a broader range of courses than ever before in areas including arts and crafts, childcare and teacher training, computing, English and Maths, health, foreign languages and English for Speakers of Other Languages. Also on offer are courses to develop lifestyle and professional skills such as book keeping, public speaking and counselling.

South Thames College is hosting a special open day from 11am to 2pm on Saturday 9 July where learners will be able to tour the new venue for adult learning and speak to the experts about the courses on offer.  There will also be the opportunity to enrol on a course.

Merton’s other adult learning provider Groundwork London will be providing a wide range of family learning courses and employability courses to support those looking to get back to work or develop their careers. Courses will cover job search, CV writing, interview techniques and other functional skills. Working with employers, schools and other community groups, the courses will be delivered in community venues across Merton and have been tailored to meet the needs of local residents.

Merton Council will at present continue to deliver courses for people with learning disabilities. The courses will be held primarily at two venues, Merton Vision at the Guardian Centre, Colliers Wood and Pollards Hill Library.

Across all parts of Merton’s adult learning service, adult learners can be assured of the council’s commitment to provide quality courses in good accommodation at venues that are convenient to travel to.

Merton Council’s cabinet member for community and culture Councillor Nick Draper said: “Our residents are set to enjoy a first class adult learning service in Merton over the coming years. South Thames College and Groundwork London have been chosen for their areas of expertise and their ability to provide adult learners with a broad range of courses and good facilities. We will continue to deliver our well regarded courses to learners with learning difficulties whilst continuously striving to improve the quality of all our services. We can look forward to being able to provide a rounded and excellent quality adult learning service for Merton that is good value for money for our taxpayers while taking into consideration the cuts we have received from central government.”

Information on booking courses is on the council’s website.