Calderdale Adult Learning Newsletter – Back To Class

Heath Campus – Update

After exceptionally challenging times over the past year, we are delighted to announce that we can welcome some of you back to classes at Heath Campus after the Easter break.  We will also continue with our current online provision and would like to extend our thanks to all of you who are engaging positively and contributing to the growing success of our vibrant online community.

To ensure that our building remains COVID-secure, face-to-face classes will run with reduced numbers with priority given to courses for learners who have limited access to ICT. Details of all classes (online and face-to-face) are available now on our website.  Alternatively, you can call our front-of-house team on 01422 392820 if you need more information.

For those of you who are joining us at Heath Campus, you will notice several changes we have made to prioritise your safety and that of others. These include:

  • Lateral flow tests to enable self-testing before attending classes
  • Clear floor markings to help everyone maintain social distancing
  • An enhanced daily cleaning regime to ensure that learning spaces are always kept COVID-secure
  • Hand sanitising stations throughout the building
  • Washrooms that are limited to use by only one person at a time
  • The wearing of face coverings in communal spaces

Further information regarding your safety at CAL will be sent by post to all learners.  Please read this carefully and ensure that you comply with the requirements. This means we can all benefit from a safe, sociable, and inspiring learning environment.

Enrolling Now for Summer Term (final weeks to claim your 50% course fee discount)

There’s something for everyone in our latest adult learning summer offer, from art to languages and Indian cookery to web design.  There is still time to take advantage of the 50% fees discount before the summer break too.  If you are thinking of doing a GCSE in English or Maths this autumn, you might be interested in our Preparation for GCSE classes running in June, where you will get a taster of the course and be assessed for a place starting in September.  We’ve also got Job Club and other classes to support those who are currently looking for work and want to get back into employment.  Or maybe you’re interested in learning to teach adults – the new 12-week Level 3 Award in Education & Training course begins on 22 April (evenings/online).

Funded Level 2 Qualifications by Distance Learning ***NEW!***

Did you know we are now offering funded nationally recognised Level 2 qualifications by distance learning in partnership with The Skills Network? Study at your own pace, in your own home at a time that suits you. Upskill, enhance your knowledge, and develop your career today! Exciting range of 28+ courses includes Awareness of Mental Health Problems, Counselling Skills, Nutrition and Health, Principles of Dementia Care, IT User Skills, Understanding Autism and many more. Limited numbers of places available.

Click here for full course details and to enrol, or alternatively go to our website and click on the Distance Learning tile from the Find a Course page. Meet our Community Learning Partners…

There are lots of other adult learning opportunities available in Calderdale through our partners in the community.  Here is a flavour of what’s coming up this summer and who to contact for more information and to enrol:

C&K Careers
Courses include Fresh Start and Make the Most of You to support those who are currently unemployed.

Creativity in Practice
Offers qualifications and informal courses in Employability Skills, Mental Health Awareness, Youth Work, Health & Social Care and Child Development.

HeadStart Health & Training
The next Positive Pathways course starts 21 April and aims to help learners to manage stress and anxiety, develop resilience, explore the benefits and various ways to exercise, and improve employability, budgeting skills, wellbeing, and motivation. Participants will also complete a mindfulness programme and identify targets to aim towards.

Proper Job Theatre Co (The LAB Project)
The LAB Project is an intensive confidence and communication themed course aimed at developing self-esteem through drama, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) based exercises. Participants will improve their employability prospects through development of transferable skills and will gain a qualification. There are online LAB Wellbeing and LAB Project courses starting soon.

The Recovery College
Runs short courses to support wellbeing, such as Wellbeing Toolkit, Meditation for Beginners, and Drawing, Art and Craft for Wellbeing – all courses are starting soon so enquire now.

Eve Remington Coaching
Their next Creating Confidence courses will take place in May. Learn how to boost your wellbeing and happiness, and transform anxiety into resilience.

Newground Together
Courses on completing online application forms, writing personal statements to meet job criteria and marketing yourself to potential employers will be taking place over the summer.

Active Rainbow
Learn exercises for mental and physical wellbeing and to improve resilience.  Make a positive change and develop techniques to use in everyday life to help cope with stress and anxiety.  Courses can be taught face-to-face or online.

Noah’s Ark Centre
Provides courses on budgeting and general money advice, including maximising income and dealing with debt.

Find Your Voice
Brings singing to life with its “Xcite” courses. Improve your health, wellbeing, confidence, and communication skills through singing in a group. Register your interest for future courses.

St. Augustine’s Centre
Works with asylum seekers, refugees and migrants in the local area to build key skills in English, promoting wellbeing and social integration.  This includes basic English/ESOL courses to improve literacy and enable learners new to English to successfully transition into accredited courses.
Contact: Best wishes,

The CAL Team