Learner Access & Engagement Programme

Do you want to improve your reading, writing, maths or computer skills?

What’s involved?

An Essential Skills course will help you to improve your:

  • reading, writing, speaking and listening
  • working with numbers
  • use of computers and technology

Benefits of doing an Essential Skills course

All Essential Skills courses are free. These courses can be delivered in community settings at different times of the day. The classes are small and informal.

You will be able to:

  • learn at your own pace
  • practise how to use the skills you learn in everyday situations
  • gain qualifications that employers will recognise

Why Essential Skills are important

Essential Skills courses can be really life changing. They have helped people to:

  • read a newspaper to find out what is happening in their community
  • fill in an application form and get a job as a result
  • read notes from their children’s school
  • help their children with their homework for the first time
  • use the internet to keep in touch with family and friends

Things you might not know about Essential Skills courses

  • classes are free
  • classes are informal and not like school
  • classes are held at different times of the day
  • you can learn at your own pace
  • you can learn in a small group
  • you can learn at a college or a local community centre
  • you can learn using a computer
  • you can gain a qualification which employers recognise
  • you are never too old to learn

Where to get help

If you would like information on how to improve your reading, writing, mathematics and computer skills, or have a friend or family member who is interested, the first step is to find an Essential Skills Course in your local community. For more information contact:

Geraldine Keys Co-ordinator – Tyrone Donegal Partnership
g.keys@tyronedonegalpartnership.org | Mobile: 07809 198192

Noreen McGirr Co-ordinator – South West College
noreen.mcgirr@swc.ac.uk | Mobile: 07734 281026