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With recent changes to government funding many courses offered by Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT) will now be free for working adults earning less that £15,736.50 per annum. The announcement by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) means a wide range of courses for eligible adults either looking to upskill, retrain or take up a leisure pursuit will now be fully funded.
Commenting on the funding which will apply to courses starting from September 2018, BCoT Principal Anthony Bravo said: “This is a great opportunity for working adults keen to learn English with ESOL, develop skills to progress in an existing career or perhaps have a completely new change of direction. Our adult education programme is already hugely popular and successful and I am delighted that we can now extend this offer and really make a difference to those on low incomes looking for ways to develop their careers.”
Eligible courses include a wide range of Level 1 to 2 ESOL programmes which BCoT has an outstanding record for with a 99.8% pass rate for all ages, 99.8% pass rate for 16 to 18 year olds and 100% pass rate for 19 plus students.
Other eligible courses include a number of painting, decorating, building maintenance and carpentry courses and professional qualifications including accountancy, counselling and barbering. There are also opportunities for those looking to develop cake decorating and professional cookery skills or gain basic car maintenance and welding qualifications.
BCoT’s new adult learning programme was recently launched and along with the courses the new government funding will finance for low paid earners, there is a huge range of professional and leisure courses starting from September.
Mr Bravo continues: “This is a great opportunity to start something new and with such a wide range of courses conveniently and flexibly available during the day and evenings, there really is something for everyone. We are here to start adults on their learning journey and equally to provide high level professional development courses to enable people to become more knowledgeable in their area of expertise or to develop their career potential.”
BCoT also offers free distance learning courses and a range of Access to Higher Education courses.
The new adult course guide is available in libraries and community centres around the borough and can be downloaded here. A 10% discount on tuition fees is available on all courses enrolled on and paid for in full before 31 July 2018.
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