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A New Beginning... Adult Community Learning Part Time Prospectus

Lifelong Learning Service www.neath-porttalbot.gov.uk

2010/2011


Dear Learners

Contents

I am sure that, as ever, you will find courses with us that are stimulating, enjoyable, challenging and affordable.

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Whether you are looking to learn new skills, improve your job prospects, take up a new interest or return to learning, we have over 200 classes on offer in more than 20 locations across Neath Port Talbot.

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What’s new this year?

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New classes e.g. Confidence Building, Food Safety for Catering, Health and Safety, Work Skills etc. All of these will be marked with the following icon 

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The ACL learner fund (see pg 4). It is the aim of the Adult Community Learning service that no learner is turned away through inability to pay. We have set up the Neath Port Talbot Adult Community Learner Fund and we are always fundraising for it. Thank you for taking the time out to read about our courses. I would like to extend a warm welcome to those of you choosing to study with us and hope you enjoy your time with us. We look forward to seeing you. Karl Napieralla OBE Director of Education, Leisure and Lifelong Learning. Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council.

Term dates, How to enrol Working in Partnership Important Information Learner Support Community Development Family Learning Course Fees and Financial Assistance

13. Cookery 14/15. Digital Imaging/ Photography 16. Essential Skills and Work Skills 17. Floristry/Horticulture 18. GCSE’s 19. Health & Wellbeing 20. Languages & ESOL 21. Life Skills/Personal Development 22/23. Music

Course Information:

Other information:

06/07. Art, Craft & Design 08. British Sign Language 09. Childcare 10/11. Computers/IT 12. Construction

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Councillor John Rogers, B.E.M., J.P. commented, “ I would urge everyone to take advantage of what is available have a go and try something new it could change your life forever”

Advice on finding employment/ learning Centre Locations/ Contact Numbers

Designed by Nigel Bowen, Tutor for Lifelong Learning Service. 07790 987831

Welcome to our 2010/11 Prospectus


General Information

Term Dates Autumn - 20/09/10 - 17/12/10 Half Term - 25/10/10 - 29/10/10 Spring - 04/01/11 - 15/04/11 Half Term - 21/02/11 - 25/02/11 Summer - 03/05/11 - 21/07/11 Half Term - 30/05/11 - 03/06/11 Term dates may vary in some centres, please contact your local centre for details. Enrolment is easy • Choose a course. • Select a centre where the course is being held. • Fill in the enrolment form included in this brochure. • Drop it in to the centre or to our main office at Theodore Road, Port Talbot Please enrol early to avoid disappointment. Your place on a course cannot be guaranteed until you have paid and we have confirmed.

Working in Partnership Adult Community Learning is partly funded through a franchise agreement with Neath Port Talbot college and also partly funded by the Welsh Assembly. In order to ensure the best for all of our learners we also work in partnership with a number of other organisations to provide a high quality learning experience throughout all of our courses. These include the Learner Support Service (see page 2), Community Development and Projects (see page 3), Genesis (working with lone parents),

Flexible New Deal (working with people out of work) and many more. Adult Community Learning also sit on the NPT Learning Festival Group. This group is supported by NIACE Dysgu Cymru to promote adult learning by hosting events throughout the year. For example we have recently held the Adult Learner of the Year Awards 2010 (see pictures) The Awards Ceremony celebrates the achievements of learners from Neath Port Talbot. The event was held at Margam Orangery and was a very high profile, fun event.

Important Information All classes are correct at the time of print. We may change or add to the courses as advertised, for instance where a course is under or over-subscribed. New courses may be introduced throughout the year. Learners’ interests are taken into consideration where a change is made. A class needs a minimum of 8 learners enrolled to run so if you are interested in attending a course, why not bring a friend? If you see a course that you like but it’s not being run in your area, please let us know as we may be able to arrange a class if there is enough interest.

One of our music Learners providing the entertainment

The winners of the Groups category

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Support Service

Lifelong Learning Learner Support Service  Impartial

 Free

 Confidential

 Friendly

We have an excellent team of friendly learner support staff who are able to provide you with information and advice on:

 Courses and Training  Career Options  Financial Support  Self Employment  CV’s and Interview Skills  Signposting to Childcare  Volunteering Opportunities This service is available in your local area, at a time that suits. To chat with our friendly staff and discuss your needs, contact us on:

Tel: 01639 898581 E-mail: lls@npt.gov.uk

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Community

Community Development and Projects Welcome to Neath Port Talbot County Borough Councils one and only Community Development & Projects Section. We provide opportunities that embrace the cradle to grave ethos on activities provided for the whole family. There are 12 Community Centres, 2 Community Education Centres and 2 Day Centres scattered across Neath Port Talbot from Pontardawe to the Cymmer Valley bouncing with classes and information that would suit the needs of the whole family. We work in the heart of local society helping to create confident and healthy communities. Within the community centres you will find a host of activities ranging from hobbies, leisure and craft to accredited learning. We accommodate and support many local charitable organisations that need to be available in the centre of many local communities and we are that valuable link for all generations that enjoy socialising as a group. None of the above would be possible without your continued support as you put the ‘U’ in commUnity. For your nearest centre see page 25 or call 01639 898581.

Family Learning Family learning encourages families to become involved in their children’s learning. It gives families the opportunity to learn new skills while at the same time helping their children to learn new skills in a fun way. The courses are free and are delivered across Neath Port Talbot in various schools. Not only parents but carers and grandparents can take part too. Winners: Our Family Learning class in Central infants won both the local and national Inspire Award. Some activities from last year include: Pantomime - The children and adults enjoyed joining in and took activities home to do together. Family Fun Day - All schools involved in the Family Programmes were invited to a fun day in Margam park. Folly Farm - We discovered how to include literacy and numeracy in a fun family day out. School Courses - Classes have included topics such as phonics, early reading, writing and maths. All activities are designed to complement the Foundation Phase.

How to join Look out for a letter from your school, or ask your class teacher if your school is taking part. For more information, please contact Karen Workman (Family Learning Co-ordinator) on (01639) 648051 or e-mail karen.workman@nptc.ac.uk.

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Course Fees

Course Fees and Financial Assistance ALL courses:

Concessions

£32 per 10 week course £95 per 30 weeks This can be paid in two instalments of £50. All fees are fully refundable if any course is cancelled or moved to an unacceptable location.

You may be eligible for a reduction in course costs if you are a low income household or in receipt of a means tested benefit. These include:  Jobseekers Allowance  Income support  Housing Benefit  Council Tax Benefit  Pension Credit

Additional Costs: Accreditation costs for the following courses:  ABRSM Piano  British Sign Language  Children’s Care - Learning and Development (funding may be available for this award)  ITQ  Floristry City and Guilds  GCSE’s  Home Cooking Skills (Jamie Oliver)

Need a computer to help with your learning? As a service we have teamed up with Waste Technique, a local PC recycling and refurbishment company, who have agreed a special price for our learners for a refurbished PC system including monitor, keyboard and mouse. Packages start from £100 and include a 12 month warranty. Software installed includes Windows XP, Microsoft Office 2007 (basic), Microsoft Security Essentials and Digital Literacy Curriculum software. This software alone is worth more than £100! If you are interested in taking up this offer please see your tutor or contact us on 01639 898581. For every PC purchased we will provide a free 3 week PC Care taster course. Courses will be run when there are sufficient numbers. [ 04 ] Lifelong Learning Services

If you are eligible, the course fee will be just £4 for courses up to 10 weeks and £12 for a 30 week course. For more information on concessions please contact us on 01639 898581.

The Adult Learner Fund It is the aim of the Adult Community Learning service that no learner is turned away through inability to pay. If you are having difficulty affording your course because of course fees or resource costs, please speak to your tutor for further information.

FREE 2Gb USB Memory Sticks In order to become more sustainable, last year learners were given the option of keeping their files electronically on a USB memory stick as opposed to keeping a traditional file. We have decided to offer the same for learners this year provided they did not take up the offer last year. This year USB sticks will be preloaded with lots of educational tools to help you with your learning, such as a Virtual Magnifying Class and a typing tutor. Additional or replacement USB sticks can be purchased for £5.


...just a little of what we have to offer...

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Art, Craft & Design

Art, Craft & Design  Art Drawing Courses are suitable for beginners or more advanced learners. All techniques will be covered and various media will be used - soft pencils, charcoal, oil, pastels, watercolour, pen and ink etc. Portrait or figure studies - ask at enquiry.

 Upcycling 

 Art / Darlun Developing art reflecting learning, understanding & nationality. These art classes can be taught and/or assessed through the medium of Welsh.

 Card Making

 Painting For all budding artists or those seeking to improve their skills using pastels and water-colour techniques or oils—ask at enquiry.

Also available: courses using mixed content for those not sure where they would like to specialise.

 Fabric Crafts Ever wanted to learn a new craft or develop an existing one - how to make your own curtains, or how to embroider, crochet and patchwork? If so this is the course for you. The classes are workshop based and consist of practical demonstrations and exercises, with professional tips and advice. Recycled materials used wherever possible.

 Jewellery Making

Learn how to make your own unique items of jewellery using beads and crystal, with the opportunity to learn how to run your own small business. Learn all the main bead weaving techniques and start to design your own pieces to your requirements.

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Learn how to make gift cards, invitations and gift boxes for all occasions, for your friends, family, work colleagues, with the opportunity to run your own profit making cottage industry.

 Sugar craft

 Art Mixed Content

It’s recycling but with a difference: turning junk into highly desirable pieces. STOP throwing things away! Projects will include: winter necklaces, hand painted tealight holders, Christmas decorations and many, many more! Plus - the opportunity to have a go at selling your work.

Starting at level 1, learn the basics of sugar paste work, marzipan models and sugar flowers. Improve skills at levels 2 & 3 and the opportunity to progress to City and Guilds qualifications is available. Amaze yourself, family and friends by what you can do with professional instruction and help.

 Stained Glass

A craft level course for beginners and improvers to learn the basics of designing and making stained glass windows, lightcatchers, vases, mirrors etc. Plus - the opportunity to have a go at selling your work.

 Mosaics

Learn how to use a variety of materials: mosaic tiles; pebbles; slate; marble; glass; broken china etc for making wall hangings, trivet stands, mirror frames, splash backs, paving slabs, coasters and table.


Art, Craft & Design

Course

Level Weeks

Start Date

Briton Ferry CC

Croeserw

Llangatwg School

Neath YMCA

Pontardawe College

Taibach CC

Art - DARLUN

3

24

Sep ‘10

Fri 13.15pm

Mon 13.30pm

Art

3

24

Sep ‘10

Fri 9.45am

Mon 10.00am

Art

3

24

Sep ‘10

Art

1/2/3

30

Sep ‘10

Art (BTEC)

2

30

Sep ‘10

Wed 10.00am

Art

3

30

Sep ‘10

Wed 14.00pm

Stained Glass/ Mosaics (Upcycling)

1/2/3

30

Sep ‘10

Course

Level Weeks

Taibach CC

Tue 10.00am Thurs 10.00am

Tue 12.30pm

Tue 19.00pm

Start Canolfan DOVE Glynneath Date Maerdy Workshop TC

Thurs 10.00am

Neath YMCA

Gift Card Making and Selling

1/2/3

30

Sep ‘10

Jewellery Making

1/2

30

Sep ‘10

Fabric Crafts

E/1

30

Sep ‘10

Tue 19.00pm

Fabric Crafts

E/1

30

Sep ‘10

Wed 13.30pm

Sugar craft

1/2

24

Sep ‘10

Thurs 13.00pm

Sugar craft

1/2

24

Sep ‘10

Thurs 18.00pm

Upcycling

1

30

Sep ‘10

Wed 9.30am

Thurs 1.30pm

Thurs 10.00am (24 wks)

Fri 12.30pm

The Cross

Thurs 10.00am

Wed 12.30pm

Pontardawe College

Queen Street

Taibach

Tue 10.00am

Thurs 15.30pm

Thurs 10.00am

The Cross

Thurs 5.30pm

Resolven ICC

Wed 6.00pm

Fri 13.00pm

Fri 9.30am

Mon 9.30am

Mon 6.00pm

Thurs 13.00pm

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British Sign Language

British Sign Language  These courses are suitable for people who wish to communicate effectively with the Deaf. In particular, to those with family and friends or working in the care profession. Also ideal for those whose work involves front-line contact with the public.

Accreditation available:  OCN units  Signature Level 1 + 2 Certificates

Course

Level

Weeks

Start Date

Afan College

Glynneath

Milland Road

NSA

Resolven ICC

Sandfields CEC

BSL

1

30

Sep ‘10

Mon 6.00pm

Wed 10.00am

Mon 5.00pm

Wed 4.00pm

Wed 6.00

Tue 9.30am

BSL

1

30

Sep ‘10

BSL

1/2

30

Sep ‘10

BSL

2

30

Sep ‘10

Thurs 5.00pm

BSL

2 Yr 2

30

Sep ‘10

Thurs 7.00pm

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Mon 7.00pm

Taibach

Tue 5.30pm Sat 10.00

Mon 6.00pm

Tue 6.00pm


Child Care

Child Care Children’s Care - Learning and Development NVQ Level 2 and Level 3  An opportunity to gain a recognised qualification for

those caring for children up to sixteen years of age. Group sessions provide the underpinning knowledge to complement practice and assist the development of your personal evidence portfolio for assessment. Students will need to attend a work placement, which will also be assessed, for this programme of study and have a current CRB disclosure. (Up to 2 intakes per year depending on numbers.)

Introduction to Childcare  A practical accredited course preparing students for

Child Psychology  A practical course that uses experiments and case studies to understand the relationship between parent and child.

Topics include:  Language development to understand how children develop language from birth.  Gender: What makes us masculine or feminine? Does the media play a part?  Course can lead to level 2 and level 3 qualifications.

Phonics  A short OCN accredited course to introduce phonics.

the level 2 NVQ looking at children’s social, emotional, physical and creative development.

No placement required.

An opportunity to find out how phonics are used in schools and at home. This course is available on demand - please contact us on 01639 898581 for more information.

Course

Level

Start Date

Weeks

Bevin Avenue

Glynneath TC

Introduction to Childcare

2

Sep ‘10

8

Wed 9.30am

Tue 12.45pm

Introduction to Childcare

2

May ‘11

8

CCLD NVQ

2

Dec ‘10

36

Wed 9.30am

CCLD NVQ

3

Dec ‘10

54

Mon 9.30am

Child Psychology

1

Sep ‘10

8

Mon 9.15am

Child Psychology

2

Nov ‘10

8

Mon 9.15am

Child Psychology

3

Apr ‘11

8

Mon 9.15am

Neath YMCA

Taibach Wed 12.45pm

Tue 9.30am Tue 12.45pm

Wed 12.45pm Mon 12.45pm

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Computers and IT

Computers PC Care + Maintenance  The course deals with protecting your computer, using free antivirus and firewall. It also informs you what to do if things have already gone wrong!

 You will find out what goes on inside the box. You will learn about how to do simple upgrades and replace malfunctioning hardware, have to install software and set up peripherals such as printers.

 You will learn about downloading software, establishing email accounts and good file management practice.

Web Design for Beginners  Would you like to learn how to create your own website? If so, this is the course for you. Learn how to design and build your own website. For all those budding entrepreneurs learn how to advertise and sell your business online to a worldwide audience.

ITQ  ITQ is a nationally recognised course. If you pass an ITQ course it shows employers you can use the main applications on a computer.

IT, Our IT courses cover a range of topics at varying levels including:  Word Processing  Desktop Publishing  Spreadsheets  Databases  Presentations  Internet and Email  If you are a beginner, want to brush up your skills for work or want to learn more about the internet, try one of our classes!

Computers  If you are an absolute beginner with using a computer or want to brush up on your skills this is the class for you. From switching the computer ‘on’ to taming the mouse – it’s all covered. If you are looking for employment this course can help you gain necessary skills on using the computer.

 You will be introduced gently to the fascinating world of the computer. You will gain confidence in both using the computer and making the most of its many useful features. This will include word processing, desktop publishing, web browsing and E mail. You may even like to give free online video link a try out!

The Alternative Free PC Software Course  This short course will introduce you to some of the alternative great free software that is available. It is just as good as some of the software that costs many £100’s!  If you have an old computer, put it to good use and experiment with free software.  Learn to Word Process, Digital Image, DTP and more for free!

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Computers and IT Course

Level

Start Date

Weeks

Alternative Free Software

1

Sep ‘10 Jan ‘11

10

ITQ

1/2

Sep ‘10

36

Communicating via the Internet

1/2

Sep ‘10

30

Computers

1/2/3

Sep ‘10

30

Computers

1/2/3

Sep ‘10

30

Computers

1/2/3

Jan ‘11

10

1/2

Sep ‘10

30

1

Sep ‘10

30

IT (Basic)

1

Sep ‘10

30

IT (Basic)

1

Sep ‘10

30

IT

1/2

Sep ‘10

30

Web Design for Beginners

1

Sep ‘10

30

Computer Maintenance IT (Basic incl internet)

Cwmafan Library

DOVE

Glynneath TC

Neath YMCA

Resolven Rhiwfawr

Sandfields CEC

Taibach CEC

Wed 3.00 Thurs 9.30

Mon 10.00am Thurs 6.00pm Fri 12.30pm Wed 2.30pm

Thurs 12.30pm Wed 12.30 Mon 12.30pm Fri 9.30

Tue 1.30pm Fri 10.00 Fri 12.30pm

Canolfan Maerdy

Mon 6.00pm Thurs 12.30pm

Mon 12.30pm Thurs 11.30am Thurs 9.15am Wed 6.00pm Canolfan Canolfan Maerdy Maerdy

Course

Level

Start Date

Weeks

Computers/PC Care for beginners

1/2

Sep ‘10

30

IT

1/2

Sep ‘10

30

Fri 10.00am Tue 10.00am

IT

1/2

Jan ‘11

10

Fri 1.00pm

CLAiT/CLAiT Plus

1/2

Sep ‘10

30

Thurs 10.00

Fri 12.30pm

Wed 12.30pm Mon 6.00pm Tue 6.00pm

Fri 11.30am

Cyberzone Mon 9.00

Wed 18.00

Fri 9.00

Thurs 12.30

Communicating via the Internet This course is all about using the various methods of communication offered by the Internet. This will include web browsing, using the Internet for research, setting up email accounts and emailing, using Skype for video and

voice communication around the world, Flickr for sharing images and social networking sites. It is a course designed for anyone who has little experience of using a computer or using a computer to communicate via the Internet.’ www.neath-porttalbot.gov.uk [ 11 ]


Construction

Construction Plumbing  Would you like to learn the basics of plumbing maintenance? Well this is the course for you! In 20 weeks you will gain sufficient knowledge to understand how to fault find and repair various taps and valves within your own home!’

Plastering  Would you like to develop skills and knowledge about plastering?

 Skills and topics include fixing of plaster sheet

materials, internal solid work, preparing a safe working area and a surface for plastering. Prepare, fix and skim plasterboard, fix coving and dado to an acceptable standard, efficient working practices and health and safety.

Brickwork  Learners will develop skills in building half brick and one brick walls, corners and stopped ends. Essential knowledge for the craft of bricklaying.  Skills and topics include brick and block walling, materials handling, wall details, groundwork, prepare a safe working area, efficient working practices and Health and Safety.  Suitable for learners at all levels.

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Course

Level Weeks Start Date LlangatwgCS Milland Road

Brickwork E1/E2

10

Sep ‘10

Mon 5.00pm

Plastering

E

20

Sep ‘10

Mon 5.00pm

Plumbing

1/2

20

Sep ‘10

Thursday 6.00pm


Cooking

Cooking Essentials Confidence to Cook  Learn the basics of cookery in a fun, friendly

Jamie Oliver’s Home Cooking Skills  The course consists of over 80 recipes, all divided into

environment.

 Skills and topics include:  Basic Health and Safety, Basic Food Hygiene, Basic Food preparation, Use of kitchen equipment etc.  There will be a range of recipes made over this 10 week course.

Healthy Eating  Would you like to learn more about healthy eating. This course incorporates information on nutrition whilst allowing you to make a healthy recipe every week.  There will also be the opportunity to go swimming after the class.

Cooking for pleasure  This course is designed to improve cooking techniques

manageable sections and covering key topics from eggs and baking to vegetables and quick-cook meats. This is all supported by a range of fact sheets dealing with other basics and essentials such as:  Kitchen basics: what equipment you need and the best way to stock your store cupboard, fridge and freezer Food safety and hygiene: knife safety, fridge management and rotation  How to shop cleverly: shopping lists, seasonal food, planning ahead  Ingredients: preparation, how to understand confusing food labels

Food Safety Award  The EDI Food Safety Award is an industry recognised

qualification and has been developed with the Sector Skills Councils. and skills using a wide variety of ingredients,  Under UK legislation, anyone who handles food as part and increase health and safety awareness in food of their job role must be supervised and instructed preparation and cooking. No prior knowledge is and/or trained in food hygiene relevant to their required. job role. Start Llangatwg Neath Neath This award is available at level 1 and 2, for both the Course Level Weeks Croeserw  Date CS YMCA College Catering Industry and the Retail Industry. Confidence Tue  Available throughout the year in various locations, E/1 24 Sep ’10 to Cook 9.30am please call 01639 898581 to find out when and where. Confidence to Cook

1

Cooking for 1,2 Pleasure Healthy Eating Home Cooking

2 1,2

8

Sep ‘10 Jan ‘11 Apr ‘11

30

Sep ‘10

Thurs 6.00pm

30

Sep ‘10

Tue 5.00pm

30

Sep ‘10

Tue 9.30 am

Fun Food For Children  Would you like to learn how to make healthy meals

Wed 6.00 pm

and snacks and how to make them appealing to children? Wed 9.30am

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Photography

Digital Photography and Imaging  Digital Imaging for Photographers (Improvers) This course is a progression from the Digital imaging for beginner’s course or for those have sufficient experience to join this course.

 Digital Photography and Imaging for Beginners This combined course is ideal for those that wish to combine learning about both aspects of capture and imaging. It is a combination of both Digital Photography for Beginners and Digital Imaging for Photographers (beginners).

 Digital Photography Advanced This course is aimed at the serious photographer. It is ideally suited to those that know and use SLR cameras, advanced bridge cameras and advanced compact cameras.

 Digital Photography for Beginners This course is for absolute beginners. If you have recently bought or been given a digital camera this is the course you. You will learn all about your camera and its capabilities. You will also learn how to compose and take photographs in a variety of settings. You will learn how to get the best from the camera, how to get you photographs into a computer, or to carry out basic editing of photographs and how to save original images and archive images.

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 Digital Photography for Improvers This course is for those who have either already completed the digital photography for beginners course or already have some experience of using cameras.

 Digital Imaging for Photographers (Beginners) This course is for absolute beginners. Digital imaging is all about what to do with the captured image. You will be introduced to Photoshop. Included in this course will be the importing of images, the basic adjustment of images, the digital enhancement of images, as well as preparing images for printing and email. It is highly recommended that those attending this course should be familiar with using the windows interface, mouse and keyboard.

 Digital Imaging (Advanced) This course is for those that really want to take their digital imaging to a higher level. Whilst this course is still aimed at digital photographers and not graphic artists it will prove popular with those that wish to take their imaging beyond the norm.


Digital Photography and Imaging

Course

Level

Weeks

Start Date

Cwmafan Cymmer Library Comp

DOVE Workshop

Neath YMCA

Digital Photography for Beginners/Improvers

1/2

30

Sep ‘10

Wed 12.30pm

Digital Photography Advanced

3

30

Sep ‘10

Wed 10.00am

Digital Imaging for Photographers (Beginners/ Improvers)

1/2

30

Sep ‘10

Digital Imaging for Photographers (Beginners/ Improvers)

1/2

30

Sep ‘10

Digital Imaging for Photographers (Improvers/ Advanced)

2/3

30

Sep ‘10

Digital Photography and Imaging for beginners

1

30

Sep ‘10

Tue 6.00pm

Sandfields CEC

Wed 9.30am Mon 4.00pm Thur 4.00pm

Taibach

Mon 1.45pm Fri 10.00am Mon 11.30am

Thur 1.00pm

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Essential Skills

Essential/Work Skills Help a Child with Reading OCN Level 2  Learn how to make reading an enjoyable experience

Better Reading OCN Level 3  On the level 3 learning programme you will learn how

for your own children and other children within the school environment.  The Level 2 learning programme will teach you the necessary skills to help children’s reading, as well as giving you practical experience of using these skills  The main topics you will cover are; Phonics (sounds letters make), Book levelling (choosing appropriate books at the correct level) and reading strategies (the skills children need to work words out for themselves).  Please call us on 01639 898581 to find out which school in your area is running this programme.

to use the Better Reading scheme and you will set up a reading partnership with children in school. This scheme has helped improve children’s reading ages by 18 months after they have been involved in a ten week reading partnership.  Please contact us on 01639 898581 to find out which school in your area is running this programme.

Return to Learn  An informal class for adults who would like help to improve their essential skills.

Literacy  The course helps learners to read and understand and covers writing skills including grammar and spelling. Times may vary according to needs of learners. Evening classes available on demand.  Follows City and Guilds and OCN criteria. Course

Level Weeks

Start Date

Work Skills   WorkSkills is a flexible suite of BTEC qualifications suitable for learners of all ages and at all stages of their working lives. We teach the skills needed to gain and retain a job in challenging times.

Planning ahead for Christmas   Would you like some tips on making the most of your finances this Christmas.

 Topics include: Budgeting, Tips for saving, Making your own decorations, cards, gifts etc. Buying and Selling on eBay ...and much, much more!

Also available: Numeracy & IT

Abergwynfi Cymmer Afan School

Bevin Ave

Neath YMCA

Sandfields CEC

TaibachCEC

Return to Learn Literacy

Entry

36

Sep ‘10

Mon 9.15am

Return to Learn Literacy

1

36

Sep ‘10

Mon 11.00am

Return to Learn Literacy

1

36

Jan’11

Return to Learn

1

30

Sep ‘10

Work SKills

E3,1

10

Sep ‘10, Jan ‘11, Apr ‘11

Work SKills

E3,1

10

Sep ‘10, Jan ‘11, Apr ‘11

Planning ahead for Christmas

1

10

Sep ‘10

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Thurs 1.00pm Thurs 12pm

Thurs 10am TBA

Mon 1.00pm

TBA

Thurs 10.00am TBA

TBA

TBA


Floristry and Horticulture

Floristry and Horticulture Gardening Group  Would you like to learn basic gardening skills and how to grow your own food with organic principles in mind.  In the last few weeks of the autumn term we join the woodwork group and make something for Christmas.

Woodwork  A combined woodwork and gardening class is held on Fridays. This is for more able bodied learners and the course includes a wide range of practical skills such as strimming, pond clearance, brick laying, gardening and woodwork.

OCN Floristry Techniques  Gain an Open College Network (OCN) qualification in flower arranging. This course provides an insight into flower arranging for pleasure.

C+G Creative Skills in Floristry  Become a qualified Florist, with the business skills needed to run your own floristry shop or learn how to put together professional displays for weddings, funerals and other events.  This course gives you the skills you need for employment and equips you with the skills to produce professional designs from hand-ties and bouquets to weddings and floral tributes. The courses also include the basic skills required when running a floristry business.

Course

Level

Weeks

Start Date

Glynneath TC

Brynglas Farm Taibach CEC

The Cross

Floristry C+G

2

36

Sep ‘10

Tue 9.30am

OCN Floristry Techniques

1,2

30

Sep ‘10

Tue 6.00pm

OCN Floristry Techniques

1,2

30

Sep ‘10

Neath YMCA

Bevin Ave

Wed 6.30pm

Wed 10.00am Thurs 6.30pm

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Qualifications

GCSE’s Psychology GCSE  A one year course to gain GCSE Psychology following the WJEC syllabus. This class is suitable for all abilities.  Some follow up work at home will be required in order to complete the course in one year.

Maths GCSE  A one year course to gain GCSE Maths following the WJEC syllabus. This class is suitable for all abilities.  Some follow up work at home will be required in order to complete the course in one year.

Biology GCSE  A one year course to gain GCSE Biology following the WJEC syllabus. This class is suitable for all abilities.  Some follow up work at home will be required in order to complete the course in one year.

Course

Level

Weeks

Start Date

Glynneath TC

English GCSE

2

30

Sep ‘10

Tue 5.00pm

Maths GCSE

2

30

Sep ‘10

Tue 7.00pm

Biology GCSE

2

30

Sep ‘10

Psychology GCSE

2

30

Sep ‘10

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Brynglas Farm

Taibach CEC

Thurs 10.00am Mon 12.30pm


Alternative Therapies

Health & Wellbeing Aromatherapy/Massage  This course will enable people interested in holistic

Counselling Skills  Would you like to learn more about the skills required

approaches to health to learn about ways in which they may achieve a healthier lifestyle.  The course will look at the more widely accepted complementary therapies available today, the theories behind them and techniques involved. These include aspects of Aromatherapy, Indian Head Massage and Reflexology.

Tai Chi  An ancient Chinese martial art form, Tai Chi is also

to be a good listener?

Topics include:  Active Listening  Reflecting  Paraphrasing This course is an excellent introduction to the role of a counsellor, if you are thinking about working in an advice/guidance role or even if you work closely with the public.

used for its health promoting properties.  This ancient art teaches precision and distinctive movement to improve posture, inner calm and stimulates the mind to improve performance at work or study.  These courses are mixed ability, and suitable for all ages and levels of experience.

Course

Level

Weeks

Start Date

DOVE

Glynneath TC

Neath YMCA

Aromatherapy

1/2/3

30

Sep ‘10

Tue 10am

Thurs 1.00pm

Tue 7.00pm

Tai Chi

1/2/3

30

Sep ‘10

Counselling Skills

1

10

Sep ‘10

Seven Sisters CC

Taibach CEC

Mon 6.30pm TBA

The Arch

Tue 7.00pm TBA

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Languages

Languages and ESOL ESOL: English for Speakers of Other Languages.  Improve your English skills on a course which teaches the language as used in everyday work, study and leisure situations, in a relaxed atmosphere. Certificates are given for English and also Citizenship, which is informative about life in the UK & helps make it easier!

required to communicate effectively No previous knowledge needed. Level 2 - For those who have achieved level 1 or have spoken or studied the language in the past. Level 3 - Learners at this level should be able to understand and communicate effectively but still have a limited range.

Level

Weeks

Start Date

French

1/2

30

Sep 10

French

2

30

Sep ‘10

French

3

30

Sep ‘10

3

30

Sep ‘10

1/2/3

30

Sep ‘10

1

30

Sep ‘10

1

30

Sep ‘10

Spanish

2

30

Sep ‘10

Spanish

3

30

Sep ‘10

Tue 11.15am

Spanish

3

30

Sep ‘10

Wed 11.15am Tue 1.30pm

ESOL

E

30

Sep ‘10

ESOL

E

30

Sep ‘10

Portuguese Spanish Beginners Spanish Improvers

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Central Infants

Course

Italian

Afan College

French Portuguese Italian Spanish Guidelines for levels (French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish): Level 1 - Aimed to prepare beginners with the basics

Llangatwg CS

Milland Road

Pontardawe College

Queen St Centre

Mon 5.00pm

Taibach CEC

The Cross CC

Fri 1.30pm Sat 10.00am Fri 2.00pm

Mon 7.00pm

Thurs 6.30pm

Wed 6.00pm

Thurs 7.00pm

Tue 1.00pm Wed 2.00pm

Mon 7.00pm Mon 5.00pm

Thurs 6.30pm Fri 2.00pm Tue 1.30pm

Tue 7.00pm

Fri 11.15am

Tue 6.30pm


Life Skills

Life Skills/Personal Development Woodcarving/Stick Making  Open to all levels of ability. Learners are introduced to

Life skills 1  Suitable for learners with learning difficulties or recovering from mental illness or head injuries/ stroke. The classes follow basic courses in woodwork and horticulture and emphasis is placed on social interaction with other people.

Life skills 2  Suitable for learners with learning difficulties or recovering from mental illness or head injuries/stroke. The classes follow basic courses in crafts, culture, gardening and cookery. Emphasis is placed on social interaction with other people.

basic woodcarving techniques and work on their own projects with support Assertiveness  Learn how to be assertive in your everyday life!. Do you find it hard to say ‘no’ to others? Do you feel that you need to stand up for yourself more? This course will improve your communications skills and help you make decisions. Level 2 available on demand

Confidence Building  Do you want to gain confidence to help you get a job

Level

Weeks

Start Date

1

10

Sep ‘10

1

10

Jan ‘11

2

10

Apr ‘11

Assertiveness

1

10

Jan ‘11

Lifeskills 1

E

30

Sep ‘10

Lifeskills 2

E

24

Sep ‘10

Lifeskills 2

E

24

Sep ‘10

Woodcarving

E

30

Sep ‘10

Woodcarving

E

30

Sep ‘10

Course Confidence Building Confidence Building Confidence Building

Bevin Avenue Thurs 10.00am Thurs 10.00am Thurs 10.00am Thurs 12.30pm

Brynglas Farm

Caewern CC

or improve your skills? If so this is the course for you. Level 2 available on demand Canolfan Maerdy

Cimla SH

Neath YMCA

Neath YMCA

TBA

Sandfields CEC Wed 9.30am Wed 9.30am Wed 9.30am TBA

Mon 1.00pm Wed 19.00pm

Wed 9.30am Wed 12.30pm

Mon 9.30am Mon 12.30pm

Fri 9.30am Fri 12.30pm

Wed 10.00am Wed 12.30pm

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Music

Music Tuition Electronic Keyboards  Have you ever wanted to learn how to play the keyboard? Classes are fun and friendly, with mixed levels in every class. You will learn the basics of how to operate a keyboard, chords and voicing options as well as basic music theory.  For the more advanced players there are opportunities to learn about composition, harmony and simple improvisation techniques.

Learn to play the guitar  This course offers the theory and practical aspects of playing the guitar together with maintenance of the instrument for best results.  Learn how to read guitar tablature (TAB), play basic chords for basic melodies from TAB set against classic and popular songs.

Music Theory  Grade 1 - 6 Music Theory, accredited Associated Board & OCN qualifications offered. A challenging course, learn basic harmony, figured bass, composition & and increase your general musical knowledge. UCAS points awarded with the AB course.

ABRSM Piano  The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music is an internationally recognised system of exams and assessments to encourage and motivate players at all levels.  We offer learners the chance to prepare for their exams in a relaxed group setting. [ 22 ] Lifelong Learning Services

 All courses are theory based with the opportunity of practical tuition included.


Music Neath YMCA

Canolfan Maerdy

Bevin Avenue

Sep’10

Tue 6.00pm

Wed 6.00pm

Mon 6.00pm

36

Sep ‘10

Mon 9.00am

1

36

Sep ‘10

Mon 1.30pm

Piano - Grade 4 Theory

2

36

Sep ‘10

Tue 9.00am

Piano - Grade 5 Theory

2

36

Sep ‘10

Tue 12.30pm

Piano - Mixed Practical

1

36

Sep ‘10

Wed 9.00am

Piano - Mixed Practical

2

36

Sep ‘10

Wed 1.30pm

Piano - Mixed Practical

3

36

Sep ‘10

Thurs 9.00am

Piano - Mixed Practical

3

36

Sep ‘10

Thurs 1.30pm

Piano - Mixed Practical

1,2

36

Sep ‘10

Wed 9.30am

Piano - Grade 7 Theory

3

36

Sep ‘10

Wed 1.00pm

Piano - Grade 6 Theory

3

36

Sep ‘10

Wed 9.30am

Piano - Grade 6 Theory Aurals & Music Appreciation Workshop

3

36

Sep ‘10

3

36

Monthly

Thurs 9.30am Fri 12.30pm

Course

Level

Weeks

Start Date

Electronic Keyboards

1,2,3

30

Sep ‘10

Guitar

1,2,3

30

Piano - Grade 2 Theory

1

Piano - Grade 1 Theory

Glynneath TC

Taibach CEC

Pontardawe College

Sandfields CEC

Mon 9.30

Tue 15.00

Wed 10.00

Fri 10.00

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Want advice on finding work or learning?

Contact your local Employability Centre...

Canolfan Maerdy, Tairgwaith - 01269 826893

Cwmafan Library -

01639 890161

DOVE Workshops, Banwen -

01639 700024

Glynneath Training Centre -

01639 721772

Neath YMCA, Penydre, Neath - 01639 769315

 Port Talbot Resource Centre - Moor Road, Sandfields

07814 235101

 Taibach Community - Education Centre

07581 571986

 The Community House - Llansawel Crescent, Briton Ferry

01639 796009

The Cross, Pontardawe -

07581 571986

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Centre Locations

Centre Locations Pontardawe, Amman and Upper Swansea Valley. Neath Central, Neath and Dulais Valley. Port Talbot and Afan Valley. 1 - Cefn Llan CC, Rhydyfro (01639) 898581 2 - Brynglas Farm, Ynysmeudwy (01639) 898581 3 - Canolfan Maerdy, Tairgwaith (01269) 826893 4 - Coleg Pontardawe, Pontardawe (01639) 648100 5 - The Cross CC, Pontardawe (01792) 863955 6 - Rhiwfawr Community Hall, Rhiwfawr (01639) 898581 7 - Ystalyfera Development Trust, Ystalyfera (01639) 843965 8 - Briton Ferry CC, Briton Ferry (01639) 898581 9 - Caewern CC, Caewern (01639) 898581 0 - Crynant CC, Crynant (01639) 898581 - - Cyberzone, Briton Ferry (01639) 796035 = - Dove Workshop, Banwen (01639) 700024

q - Glynneath TC, Glynneath (01639) 721772 w - Llandarcy CC (01792) 324317 e - Llangatwg Comprehensive, Llangatwg (01639) 898581 r - Neath PT College, Neath Campus (01639) 898581 t - Neath PT College, Queen St Centre (01639) 648110 y - Neath YMCA, Neath (01639) 769315 u - Resolven ICC, Resolven (01639) 721772 ¶ - Seven Sisters CC, Seven Sisters (01639) 898581 o - Shaw Trust, Llandarcy (01792) 325311 p - Skills + Training Unit, Milland Rd, Neath (01639) 898581 [ - T yˆ Llansawel, Cysgodfa (01792) 863955 ] - Abergwynfi Infants School, Abergwynfi (01639) 898581 \ - Baglan Library, Baglan (01639) 898581 a - Brynsiriol CC (01639) 851098 s - Croeserw CC, Croeserw (01639) 851144 d - Cwmafan Library, Cwmavon (01639) 898581 f - Cwmavon CC (01639) 887313 h - Cymer Afan Comprehensive, Cymmer (01639) 898581

j - Dalton Road CC (01639) 882479 k - Glyncorrwg CC (01639) 850247 l - Glyncorrwg Ponds, Glyncorrwg (01639) 898581 ; - Mozart Drive CC (01639) 882507 ' - Neath PT College, Afan Campus (01639) 898581 z - Noddfa CC (01639) 852274 x - NSA, Bevin Avenue, Sandfields (01639) 870068 c - Sandfields CEC, Sandfields (01639) 883713 v - Taibach CEC, Taibach (01639) 882104 b - Taibach CC (01639) 886804 n - Central School, Theodore Rd, PT (01639) 898581 m - Aberavan CC (01639) 890451 , - Baglan CC (01639) 813808 . - Bryn Village Hall, Bryn (01639) 886372

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Neath Port Talbot County Borough

Community Learning Centres (For centre contact details please see page 25)

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