Success of the First Steps to Learning Project

  1. First Steps to Learning Project for Women

First Steps to Learning is an informal learning project to develop confidence, motivation & English language skills of women to prepare them to progress into further learning, volunteering or employment opportunities. The Project will enable learners to access mainstream learning as a next step to develop their skills & employment prospects.

Two successful ESOL classes took place in the Spring 2019 and Summer 2019, supported by The Leaning Partnership and the Bedford College Group.

The primary aim of the programme was to extend vocabulary and improve communication levels; the secondary aim was to introduce social norms, British culture and British values to assist in developing confidence and understanding of life in the UK. The intended outcome was that ESOL learners will have taken their first step in learning and be sign posted to routes of progression.

A total of 33 learners successfully completed 45 guided learning hours. The courses were delivered at CYCD.

The certificates presentation of the First Steps to Learning Project was held at CYCD and the Chief Guest, Caroline Cook, Project Maanger, Learning Partnership (Part of Bedford College Group) and Robert Burton, Director of CYCD, presented the Certificates to Learners and congratulated them on their achievements.

Course Tutor, Samantha Childs said: “It is a delight and a privilege to work with, and learn from, such lovely women who are so committed to improving their English. I wish them well as they continue their journey to become fluent, strong, active citizens, good examples to their families and communities. I extend warm thanks to the Learning Partnership who has made these courses possible for those starting out on an exciting learning adventure.”

The CYCD Director, Rob Burton said: “Congratulations and well done to all our learners on this programme. Improving our skills and especially English language skills is so important and I am so pleased that these ladies have made this first step into learning. Thanks to the Learning Partnership for supporting us to make this learning opportunity possible.”

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