School's Out For Summer...But What's Next For A Young Adult Without Qualifications?
An interesting article from TES claims that 'research reveals one in four 17 to 23-year-olds doesn't think education prepares them for work' . Even more pertinent is the news that '47 per cent of teachers said that they felt there were fewer opportunities to develop employability skills and competencies due to changes in GCSE and A-Level qualifications, and that focus on rote-learning has been a detriment to developing the skills and attitudes needed for work.' (https://www.tes.com/news/focus-character-skills-school-say-businesses)
Fortunately, we have a fantastic team who deliver the Study Plus scheme, a FREE course aimed at young people aged 16 – 19 (20 - 24 with an EHCP) who are not in education, training or employment or who may have found formalised education settings a challenge in the past.
Study Plus offers smaller classes and a specialised approach for those learners who need additional support to achieve their goals. Importantly, it delivers modules and qualifications that are far more vocational and applicable to real life, including Functional Skills Maths & English and employability skills.
Study Plus offers:
Functional Skills: English and maths (Entry Level 3 – Level 2)
Gateway Award in Employability Skills (Level 1)
First Aid (Level 3)
Information, Advice and Guidance
Work Experience (if the young person is work-ready)
Our NEW 2019-2020 program will be running at:
The United Reform Church in Cuttys Lane, Stevenage.
Monday – Wednesday from 9.30am- 3.45pm
Starting on 17th September and continuing throughout the academic year.
For more information please contact:
Louise Crawford on 01438 845821
New Academic Year Prospectus and Hub Guides Released!
We're delighted to announce the launch of our 2019-2020 Course Prospectus and individual Hub Guides, detailing all the courses planned for the next academic year, starting in September! September and November courses are detailed further down this email with links to book.
Check out the new guides;
2019-2020 HAFLS Course Prospectus
Borehamwood Hub Guide 2019-2020
Waltham Cross Hub Guide 2019-2020
Stevenage Hub Guide 2019-2020
Please see below for our September and November courses, all priced at just £15 each. To book, simply click on the link below or call us on 01992 556194.
HAFLS Celebrates the Achievements of Participants Enrolled on the Building Better Opportunities (BBO) Project
This May, Hertfordshire Adult and Family Learning Service (HAFLS) were proud to attend the annual Building Better Opportunities (BBO) celebration event, held at Knebworth Barns to recognise participants’ successes over the last year.
(A packed venue at Knebworth Barns)
With standing room only, this fantastic event bought participants, mentors, tutors and stakeholders together to celebrate their achievements and successes on the BBO programme.
Speakers included David Naylor, who after suffering a brain injury in 2017, praised the project, stating; ‘I was a little lost a year ago but thanks to my friends at BBO, I now know why I moved to Stevenage’.
(David Naylor, BBO participant, explains the impact BBO has had on his life)
Meanwhile, Emma Mitchell spoke of her daily struggle dealing with the complications of physical and mental health conditions, ME and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). She praised the support of her BBO assigned mentor and 'knowing someone 100% believes in me'.
Commending the overall project, Emma explained that 'working with BBO is different to other organisations. There is an innate understanding of living with a physical and mental health condition'.
After listening to inspirational stories and successes from the BBO project, guests were able to try out some taster activity sessions including Soccersize, horse therapy, mindful meditation, gaming and drawing. These activities were just an example of what the programme can offer participants as they embark on their tailor-made journey, with the help of their mentor.
Visit our website for more details on the BBO project, jointly funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund.
‘A room full of hope’ at Hertfordshire Adult and Family Learning Service Achievement Awards 2019
Outstanding learners celebrated their success at the Hertfordshire Adult and Family Learning Service (HAFLS) Achievement Awards 2019, held at Hatfield House this June.
The event was organised by HAFLS, part of Hertfordshire County Council, to celebrate the work and achievement of adults and young people who have taken part in community learning programmes over the past year as well as tutors and mentors who have helped to make an impact on their success.
Many of the learners have successfully completed courses or have been coached towards employment, under difficult and challenging circumstances. Awards were given in subjects including English, maths, health and wellbeing and skills for work.
(Deputy Lieutenant Ian Pigott OBE)
The event was a fantastic acknowledgement of all that has been achieved by HAFLS learners and project participants over the past academic year, with guest speakers and presenters including Deputy Lieutenant Ian Pigott OBE, David Williams, Leader of Hertfordshire County Council, Iain Macbeath, Director of Adult Care Services, Councillor Richard Roberts, Sue Ormiston from the National Lottery Community Fund alongside members of the HAFLS Advisory Board.
(Martin Norman, HAFLS Learner)
Live entertainment was provided by some learners, including Martin Norman’s guitar solo performance and poetry recitals from the Group Award Runners Up, clients of rehabilitation centre, The Living Room in Stevenage.
Just a few of the evening’s highlights included hearing the story of an ex-offender who, with the support of HAFLS partner, HACRO, has turned his life around and is now working to help others in similar situations on their release from prison.
(Rebekah Afari, Winner of a Tutor Award)
Meanwhile, Rebekah Afari scooped a Tutor Award for her resilience and perseverance in teaching others at our partner, West Herts College, despite being profoundly deaf. We heard of Rebekah’s interview where the failure of her interpreter to show up didn’t stop her and she instead opted to continue the interview via pen and paper, successfully gaining the job.
A Group Award went to Ocado’s ESOL group and illustrated the huge benefits to an individual in both their work and personal life when a business invests in its staff.
With tears shed and aching faces from smiling, the evening’s success was poignantly summarised by one learner as they remarked on how the evening had been a joy to attend as they sat in a ‘room full of hope’.
The Award Category Winners and Runners Up
Presented by Steven Lee-Foster, Operations Director, Hertfordshire County Council
Jevan White - CVSBEH
Tara Armstrong – HCL
Young People Award
Presented by Sue Ormiston, EU Programme Manager, National Lottery Community Fund
Neve Hughes - BBO/Mudlarks
Jade McFarland - BBO/Mudlarks
Family Learning Award
Presented by Helen Lardner, HAFLS Advisory Board
Lynda Bone—Community Learning Partnership
Francesca Orozco Bermudez - Direct Delivery
Presented by Councillor Richard Roberts, Cabinet Member HCC
Paul - BBO/HACRO
Maria Del Pilar Diaz Manjon - ASCEND
Overcoming Challenges Award
Presented by Lynsi Hayward-Smith CBE, Chair, HAFLS Advisory Board
Sarah Law - Watford Women's Centre
Alan James - Oaklands College
Presented by Chantal Lommel, Head of Service, HAFLS
Ocado Employees - SPS Training
The Living Room - Direct Delivery
English & Maths Award
Presented by Matt Partridge, HAFLS Advisory Board
Mirek Szczukiewicz - Watford Women's Centre
Esther Tawiah - Direct Delivery
Presented by Iain MacBeath, Director Adult Care Services HCC
Rebekah Afari - West Herts College
Anita Martos Truaz - Watford Women's Centre
Hertfordshire Libraries Get Ready for Lift Off!
Are you ready to launch into outer space for 2019’s Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge. Join the challenge from 13th July 2019 at all Hertfordshire Libraries. Children who read six library books of their choice by the 7th September will receive a medal and certificate as well as getting the chance to attend a VIP event at Mission Control with children’s author Steve Cole. Make sure you check out our launch events. With over 20,000 participants last year – you wouldn’t want to miss out on this free challenge.
For more details visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/libraries or call 0300 123 4049
Illustrations @Adam Stower 2019 for The Reading Agency