Somerset's Adult Learners come to Bridgwater College

Adult Learners’ Week, which takes place from 18 to 24 May, aims to encourage adults from all ages and backgrounds to get involved in learning and return to education. Bridgwater College is currently seeing many adults returning to education for the first time in years to sharpen their skills, retrain for a new career or start out on their first career ever.

With something to suit everyone, Bridgwater College’s Adult courses focus on getting learners’ confidence levels up and giving them the relevant skills for the workplace today. Lee Bury, owner of Central Garage in Bristol, completed the ATA Light Vehicle Inspection Training and Assessment course because he wanted to keep up to date with the latest developments within the automotive industry in order to stay ahead of the competition.

Somerset’s Adult Learners come to Bridgwater College
Owner of Central Garage in Bristol, Lee Bury.

Lee said,

“I wanted to get qualified in this in order to support my staff. The College’s learning environment is representative of a mechanical garage and is located just off the M5, so easily accessible. The classes are small allowing us to receive one-on-one tuition, all in all it’s perfect!”

Some students want to return to education in order to begin their career; Charlotte Moore had been a housewife for eight years and wanted to have a change of direction and with the support of her tutors has managed to gain more qualifications that she thought she would ever achieve— she now hopes to become a qualified accountant.

Charlotte, who completed the Administration and IT course alongside the AAT Level 1 Accounting qualification said,

“I was nervous about going back into education, but the support has been excellent and I’ve met new friends, which has made learning enjoyable. After realising my interest lay in accounting, I have gained the relevant qualifications whilst undertaking a Level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship.”

Many of the College’s Adult Learners are retired or out of employment and are looking for something to occupy their time that will also improve their skills. Patrick Moore is a retired carpenter and completed the course Buy, Fix and Use a Computer at our Angel Place Skills Centre in Bridgwater.

Patrick said,

“Computers always made me a little nervous but with the support of my tutor, a small group of like-minded people and hands-on practical activity, I’ve learnt a great deal. The course was fascinating and made me feel so confident in the use and maintenance of computers that I’ve signed up to more courses.”

Other learners want a total career change and need to update their qualifications to gain employment in the new industry. Keith Farmer was previously a mechanic for 13 years, but always had a passion for the outdoors. To improve his chances of employment, Keith enrolled on the Foundation Degree in Countryside Management course, and now works part-time on a Game Shoot whilst looking for full-time employment.

Keith said,

“The College has great industry links and I completed work experience with the Wildlife Trust and RSPB, which gave me valuable knowledge and experience.”

If you would like more information about studying an adult course at Bridgwater College please contact our Information and Guidance team on 01278 441234 or come to our Open Evening on Wednesday 12 June at 6pm.