The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL) is offering even more free short courses in 2019 following a successful first year.
Last year around 40% of those taking the courses went on to full-time study at the College.
Courses usually run between four and 22 weeks throughout the year, including some available at evenings and weekends.
Courses this winter include Accounting, Bookkeeping, Forklift and Warehousing, Construction including CSCS Card, Door Security, Hairdressing, Beauty, Health and Social Care, Childminding, Computing, English, Maths, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Modern Foreign Languages and Fitness Instruction.
The College is also offering Women Into Construction courses for the first time this year, including Brickwork, Plumbing, Carpentry and Painting and Decorating.
Elizabeth Minter, 54, who studied a carpentry course last year used her new skills to build a lean-to at her home.
She said: “It’s been brilliant. It’s given me the confidence to know I can pick up a drill or a jigsaw and use it, rather than having someone else do it.”
For others, like Natalie Galloway, 36, the decision to do a bricklaying course was not just about learning new skills.
“You can save money if you need a job done when you can do it yourself, so it’s more financially beneficial,” she said.
The College will also be offering free full-time courses up to Level 2 for anyone aged 19 or over this September for the second year running.
The initiative was hugely successful last year and resulted in enrolments to the College increasing by a third.
Interim Principal Kurt Hintz said: “We were thrilled with the success of the free short courses and that so many people who attended went on to study further at CONEL.
“We are continuously offering a wide range of these courses this year, which are a great way to gain new skills for employment of for a personal project.
“By offering these courses free of charge, we are making a real difference to people’s lives and our community.”
- Last Updated: 22 January 2019