Family learning open days

Bradford Council’s Family Learning and Adult Skills Service will be holding a series of open days that parents and families can visit to see the range of free courses on offer.

The open days will take place on the first three Mondays in August - 6, 13 and 20 – from 10am to 4pm in St Peter’s House, 1 Forster Square Bradford BD1 4TY.

The days are open to parents and families from across the district who are interested in developing skills that could help support their family life or help them find employment.

Family Learning describes a whole range of activities and programmes where parents, grandparents, children and carers are involved in learning. Some courses involve adults and children learning together at the same time. Courses take place in the community, in schools, children’s centres and libraries.

The feedback from parents who attend the courses is extremely positive. Comments range from “I can now have a conversation with my child’s teacher” and “I understand more of what my children are saying in English” to “I now speak confidently to people in English and can explain any issues for me and my family to the doctor” and “I now  attend parents evenings by myself”.

Sarah Odor, Skills for Work Manager, said: “There are many reasons someone might want to do one of our courses: from gaining some maths skills that can help them get a job, or learning better English so that they can better support their child at school, or just gaining confidence if they’ve been out of the work place. We offer a wide range of very accessible courses that are free and run in different settings around the district. Courses are designed to encourage parents to move into further learning or employment.

“Our move to St Peter’s House in the city centre means that we’re now located just by The Broadway. Our open days will give people a chance to pop in and have a chat with some of our very experienced and qualified tutors and find out about the many different courses that we offer.”

Cllr Imran Khan, portfolio holder for education, employment and skills, said: “If we want to create a stronger economy, we need to give people the skills so everyone has a stake in creating that prosperity. Our family learning and adult skills service is about helping people to help themselves. Our courses offer parents the skills they need so to support their children at school and so they can find work and make a fuller contribution to our community.”

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