Art, languages and computing are just some of the adult education courses residents can sign up for as the new academic year begins.
This term is the first since Merton council changed roles from a provider to commissioner of adult education to improve quality and maximise value for money.
All Merton adult education remains in the borough with most of the courses now based on the Merton Campus of South Thames College in Morden, which offers modern facilities with specialist equipment.
The new arrangements will enable more residents from across the borough to gain the skills they need to prepare for employment though enrolling on courses run by Ground Work London including CV writing, interview skills, English and maths.
There is also a wider range of courses available for adults with learning difficulties or disabilities.
All course fees have been frozen for the current academic year.
Plans are being developed for an apprenticeship scheme which will begin later this year and most of the apprentices will also be located in Merton.
Merton Council’s Cabinet Member for Community and Culture, Councillor Nick Draper said: “Some councils no longer provide part-time courses; however we are committed to ensuring an affordable and sustainable future for adult education in Merton and are still able to offer residents an even wider choice of courses, taught in modern premises with high quality resources.
“There is still time to sign up for a place on courses starting this term; courses which will teach some residents the skills they need to find a job and help others gain qualifications to develop their careers. We have increased the range of courses for people with learning difficulties and there are also plenty of general interest courses for residents wanting to learn something new or take up a hobby.”
For more information and to enrol for a course, visit: www.merton.gov.uk/learning/adulteducation