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Councillor Brenda Warrington, Executive Leader of Tameside Council

Passionate About Learning in Tameside

Friday, 02 August 2019

One of the most important lessons I’ve ever been taught is that you never stop learning. Every day of your life, whether you’re 7 or 70, you can learn something new. At a time when finding a good job is even more dependent on what you know, it’s a lesson that has become more important than ever. That’s why adult and continuing education is an area that I think is absolutely essential. So much time is spent discussing primary, secondary and further education, and while these are undoubtedly vital, education and learning is a service that can and must be available to all.

It’s for this reason that I’m delighted to announce the launch of the new prospectus for Tameside Adult and Community Education, or Tameside ACE for short. Available to all residents aged 19+, the service is based in Ashton-under-Lyne and has been offering adult education in the borough for over 30 years. Courses offered include entry level to Level 2 (the equivalent of GCSE grade) in the three subjects considered to be essential in the modern workplace; Maths, English and IT. We also offer non-accredited courses to build confidence and to get your foot in the door back into learning, as well as vocational courses in retail and Caring for Children, and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) sessions to help with day-to-day activities and job applications. Over the years we’ve also developed good partnerships with a number of organisations that can also offer support before, during and after your course, including the National Careers Service, housing associations and Job Centre Plus.

Our staff members, all of whom are experienced and highly qualified, are more than willing to offer information and guidance. The first step in signing up is an informal chat, during which you can find out more about us and tell us what you want to get out of the service. We can then use that information to assess your current skills, tell you what level we think you should enter at and invite you to enrol. Financial support can also be provided for those on a low income or in receipt of certain benefits.

Last year we helped more than 575 individual learners through our doors to access over 1,039 different courses. For many of these people, the experience, confidence and qualifications they’ve gained have been nothing short of life-changing. To give just a few examples; Ryan was in and out of youth offending centres and missed out on a lot of his early education. Since he started at Tameside ACE in 2017 he has earned an entry level qualification in English as well as Level 1 awards in English and Maths. He’s now secured a full-time job with a welding company and is continuing to study for his Level 2 award in English.

Debbie had to raise three children on her own following a family tragedy at a young age and saw signing up for Tameside ACE as an opportunity to prove to herself that she could do whatever she set out to do. She started in 2015, and not only has she taken courses in Maths, English, IT and sign language, but she volunteers to help in the kitchen and the reception so that other people can learn in the same way that she did. It is people like these, who often come from difficult circumstances but are determined to make the best path for themselves, that Tameside ACE can and will help to the best of our abilities.

If you think that Tameside ACE has something to offer you, please take a look at the new prospectus here or call us on 0161 342 4063 before the new terms begins on 9th September. Your road to learning, whether you want to achieve success, improve your employment prospects or simply to try something new, begins today. 


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