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Gives free independent advice to families on all aspects of state-funded education.

African Activities offer a range of workshops including African drumming, African dance, African art, junk modelling, junk band, call and response song, storytelling, textiles and whole school assemblies.

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Apprentices are paid employees, who work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. They will also study a college-based course, usually on a day release basis, leading to nationally recognised qualifications. Depending on the age of the apprentice, government grants cover up to 100% of the training costs. In addition, the apprenticeship grant for employers can help businesses employ an apprentice (aged 16 – 24 years) by providing wage grants of £1,500. Priority is given to small-medium sized businesses with less than 250 employees, who are recruiting an apprentice for the first time.

Businesses can find out more about apprenticeships on the website or by calling 08000 150600. You can also search for vacancies on this site. For more information about apprenticeships in Rushmoor call Debbie Whitcombe at Rushmoor Borough Council on 01252 398793.

Classical 100 was launched by Classic FM, in partnership with the ABRSM and Decca Classics with the support of the Department for Education. It is a collection of 100 pieces of classical music and is designed as a resource for primary school teachers to use in lessons or school assemblies. It may also be of use and interest to performing arts or music clubs.

For more information, and to register for unlimited access, please visit the website.

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School and Sure Start Children's Centre finder.

Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme logo

The Duke of Edinburgh’s (D of E) is a voluntary scheme for those aged 14-25 years and is a personal development programme for young people that allows them to undertake various activities within the four sections of volunteering, personal skills, physical activities and the expedition. This is a fun and enjoyable way to try out new exciting activities, develop your skills, meet new friends and also get a recognised award for your efforts. There are three levels of the award, Bronze, Silver and Gold, with each demanding more commitment at each level. To find out more about doing your D of E visit the website.

English, Maths and ICT Qualifications logo

Would you like a qualification in English, Maths or ICT? If you do not have a GCSE or an 'O' Level the Adult Essential Skills department at Farnborough College can help you work towards a City and Guilds equivalent qualification. This can help you improve your everyday skills and increase your confidence.

Telephone for help with choosing the right course for you and advice on how to join. The classes are free and you can achieve a recognised qualification.

Enham provides opportunities for young people between 16 and 18 years old, specifically those who are not engaged in education, training or employment. Their courses are tailored to meet individual needs thus creating the opportunity to gain extra qualifications, improve grades and develop skills that will help secure permanent employment, apprenticeships or college placements.

For more information please contact Sarah Wills by email or phone.

Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) gives children, young people and adults the opportunity to engage in learning through participating in therapeutic activities with horses. There is no riding involved and the horses are carefully chosen so that they are safe to handle and be around. EAL has shown proven benefit with a wide range of people, including those with special educational needs, learning difficulties, poor literacy and numeracy, ADHD, autism, behavioural issues or simply a lack of confidence.

Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Services (EMTAS) logo

EMTAS is part of Children's Services within Hampshire County Council. Their service supports schools and families across Hampshire in raising ethnic minority achievement, through bilingual assistance, projects, training, family learning and advisory support.

Their educational classes for ethnic groups include Family Language Literacy, Keeping Up With The Children and Language for ICT.

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Family learning provides an opportunity for family members to learn together. The programmes aim to develop the skills or knowledge of the adult and the child, and to help adults to be more active and confident in supporting their children’s learning and development and to understand why that is important.

Family learning is used to engage families by providing a positive shared learning experience and is used as the opportunity to initially engage parents with low literacy or numeracy skills. Programmes can focus on a particular theme or activity such as arts and crafts, family games, healthy eating or understanding behaviour. These may initially be a short workshop leading onto a longer 10 hour programme with the ultimate aim of progressing adults onto longer literacy and numeracy based courses that improve their ability to help their children. Hampshire Learning’s tutor team can deliver courses that are free to families and fully funded.

If you are interested in finding out more please contact Julia Gahagan.

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Farnborough Rotary Club helps schools in the local area by giving children between the ages of 13 and 16 Mock Interviews and Enterprise Day Challenges. Rotary Club members also talk to school children about the jobs they do and the paths that got them there. These talks can be aimed at children of all ages, including primary age children. They can also help to organise a Skills Festival where groups of children visit about 4 business stalls for 30 minutes and conduct a task while learning about a job, career or higher education opportunities.

If your school would like help with these events and any other relevant business initiatives the Farnborough Rotary Club would be pleased to come and discuss these with you. They have many members with expertise and years of business experience who are happy to give their time for free to help your children understand more of the challenges they face in the employment world.

They also organise annual competitions for young people including Rotary Young Chef for 11 to 17 year old students in full time education; Rotary Young Writer for students in full time education in three age groups; and a Poetry Competition with cash prizes.

For more information please email Tina Potter or call Michael Smailes.

S2A is a Government funded programme for young people aged 16 to 19, which meets at the Farnborough Community Centre. S2A is for young people who have not yet decided what to do next and who want support with their English and Maths. They study Functional Skills English and Maths from Entry Level to Level 2 and learners can take City and Guilds exams to help strengthen their CVs. Learners are helped with college, job and apprenticeship applications and they also study employability, including the compilation of CVs, interview skills and techniques, and job searching. Learners go on a work placement which sometimes leads to employment. Life skills are also addressed such as how to manage your money, sexual health and drug and alcohol awareness.

Please phone for an interview.

Future First Networks is designed to help state schools build and manage an alumni community easily and inexpensively. Their aim is to bring alumni networks to every state school in England within three years. A Future First Networks database allows you to track your alumni, send out regular updates by text or email and ask them to come back to the school to provide careers talks, mentor a current student, fundraise, act as a school governor or volunteer in other ways.

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Everything you need to know about Hampshire's Schools and Colleges.

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Hampshire Futures offer courses for 19 to 24 year olds where you can gain qualifications. These are free to those on benefit. They are skilled in dealing with learning disabilities or young people who may not have finished education or gone onto college.

The courses include English and maths up to Level 2; childcare to Level 1; business administration to introduce learners to the skills required for the workplace; book keeping including basic manual book keeping skills, invoicing and balancing accounts to Level 1; hospitality and catering including basic food preparation, health and safety awareness and an introduction to working in the hospitality industry to Level 1; and Level 1 or 2 in IT user skills including Word, processing, using email and IT communications.

The courses are held in Aldershot. For more information please email or call Hazel Prior, Employer Advisor at Aldershot Jobcentre Plus.

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Hampshire Learning provides a wide range of learning opportunities for the people of Hampshire, working in partnership with schools, children's centres, community and voluntary organisations.

Training courses are available on healthy eating, life skills and cookery for adults with any learning difficulties. The courses are based at Bells Piece in Farnham. The basic courses are held 1 day a week for up to 8 weeks. Tailor made courses can also be run for groups, schools and clubs as well as individuals. Courses are run on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and half day courses on a Thursday. The cost is £25 a day with all refreshments included. Work books are provided and national CIEH food hygiene 1 and 2 standard qualifications are also offered. For more details contact Susie Thornely.

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Hotcourses is the UK's largest database of educational opportunities.

Hulya Learning Centre is a voluntary organisation serving local youngsters in the Rushmoor area. They support pupils of all ages in both mathematics and English and their students achieve 4 to 5 sub levels per year. References are available on request. Sessions are held on Saturdays from 10.00am to 3.00pm at Connaught School.

Exam revision and intensive courses are available before exam periods.

For more information email or call Hasan Turacli, Education Manager.


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