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More adults are signing up to learn

There has been a jump in the number of adults signing up to learn new skills and brush up on old ones in Swansea.

Since introducing a new online enrolment system last month Swansea Council's Lifelong Learning team has seen an increase in the number of people attending courses ranging from improvers' French conversation to computer skills and cookery to ukulele playing.

Almost 800 learners are taking part in courses this term with the majority having been booked online.

Although classes for this term are now well underway enrolment is already open for classes in the January and April terms.

Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Education Improvement, Learning and Skills, Cllr Jennifer Raynor, said: "Every week hundreds of people are attending courses which provide so much more than just new skills.

"Some of these courses such as cookery, yoga, music and art are helping people to keep mentally and physically active within their community.

"Others such as computing are giving people skills that will help with employment and are essential to life these days.

"Every week there are 15 Get Swansea Online courses that are introducing people to the benefits of the internet and the social inclusion that it can bring."

Another aspect of the Lifelong Learning team's work is helping parents to improve their literacy, numeracy and digital skills so they in turn can help their children with their homework.

This term the team is delivering family learning at 10 primary schools in the city.

This year has also seen the introduction of 15 new adult learning courses including more evening and Saturday sessions. You can now study to pass your European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL), learn French, Make your own Bags, Beginners' Guitar, Cook for One or study Drawing for Complete Beginners to name but a few.

To apply for courses starting in January or April visit www.swansea.gov.uk/lifelonglearningenrolment or phone the Lifelong Learning team on 01792 470171.

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