12 December 2014

Northamptonshire County Council is inviting people to make a New Year’s resolution to learn a new skill by signing up for an adult education course.

There is a variety of day, evening and weekend courses available and topics range from art and languages to sports and cookery.

Courses are available to adults aged 19 and over and take place at venues across Northamptonshire.

What can you learn?

New courses for the forthcoming spring term include:

  • 1930s hair styles
  • Healthy heart nutrition tips
  • Perfect pastry
  • Vintage shabby chic
  • Waltz for beginners
  • Egyptology
  • Starting a small business
  • Beginners Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Introduction to self-defence
  • Climbing for beginners

Cllr Matt Golby, county council cabinet member for learning, skills and education, said: “There couldn’t be a better time for people to sign up for an adult learning course to learn something new.

“There is a wide and varied range of great value courses, so no matter what you are interested in, you’re sure to find a class that attracts your interest. Also, it’s a great way to socialise and meet like-minded people.”

Rhiannon Hankins is the tutor for the Basic DIY Skills course. She said: “There are all sorts of reasons people come onto the course and it is fantastic to see them leave feeling empowered. I often get messages following a course from people saying I have helped them to achieve things they never thought they could do.”

How to enrol

People can enrol for a course by booking online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by visiting www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/adultlearning. You can also call the enrolment line on 0300 126 1000 between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday.

The enrolment deadline for courses starting in January is December 15, while there is plenty of time to sign up for courses beginning in February and March.