Adults looking to improve their education or skills can now pick up a Calat prospectus for the 2017/18 academic year.
The guide to what’s on offer is available from Calat centres or Croydon libraries from Monday 19 June. It contains some 500 part time courses, which are taught from various venues across Croydon.
Calat is one of the largest adult education providers in the country and has been delivering award-winning courses on behalf of the council for over 70 years.
“As a council we understand just how important it is that local people have the knowledge they need to get the most from their lives. Calat offers opportunities to learn everything from basic literacy and numeracy skills right the way through to business administration or arts and crafts. We’re proud of what the service has achieved and we’re determined to maintain the high standards it has always shown.”
Councillor Alisa Flemming, cabinet member for children, young people and learning
The Calat programme includes a variety of recreational, academic, pre-vocational and vocational courses in childcare and teaching assistant training, creative arts, health and social care, business administration, ICT, languages, English and maths, English for speakers of other languages, and courses for adults with learning disabilities. They also work with businesses and employers to deliver training aimed at raising the skill levels of employees.
Most courses run within term dates. Autumn starts on 11 September and runs until 20 December, spring runs from 3 January to 29 March, and summer from 16 April to 23 July.
Shereen Nooks is a typical Calat learner. In 2012, with two daughters at school, she realised her lack of qualifications and basic skills meant she couldn’t help her children with their studies. Since enrolling she has gained entry-level qualifications in English and maths and can now help her daughters with their homework – as well as now finding things like filling out forms far less scary.
She said: “I couldn’t recommend Calat enough. Next I want to go on to study more advanced courses so I can find a good job in health and social care.”