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Volunteer Training – Supporting Adults with English and Maths – C0857

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Course Overview

We work with adults to develop their reading, writing and maths skills in venues across the city. Our students have a wide range of starting points, from beginner (learning to write their name and address) to level 2 (the same skills level as a GCSE A* -C or 9-4).

Volunteers play an essential role in many of our classes, to support the tutor and to help create a positive learning environment. All volunteers in Skills for Life start by taking part in this training course.

In addition to the taught sessions, you will attend a placement in a class once a week. The time, day and venue will be negotiated with you.

Please note that these voluntary hours will NOT contribute to the teaching requirements of a PGCE.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

You will learn strategies to support students with their English and maths skills, as well as exploring listening and communication skills, and safeguarding.

The course also includes a placement in a Skills for Life class. This starts mid way through the course and the commitment is one session a week (two hours) during term time in addition to the training sessions.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements. However, students will be expected to be confident with English and maths at level 2. There will be an opportunity to brush up skills during the course.

You need to complete a written application form, and if successful will be invited to an informal interview and assessment.

How you will be assessed

You will take part in activities during class and complete a reflective journal which includes some longer-answer questions.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees (16-18): £0.00

Tuition Fees (19+): £0.00

Additional Costs

£17 registration costs.


If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

For more information, please see our course fee disclaimers page.

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Course and Career progression

There are a range of options in the college and in the community. Many people become volunteers in Skills for Life. Some people progress onto teacher trainer qualifications, and become teachers, while others from this course have applied for work in other roles in education, such as learning coaches or learning mentors.

What Happens Next

Apply online via the College website. You will be invited to submit an application form, and if successful to attend an informal interview and short assessment.

The next course will run at City Skills Centre, Charles Street on Fridays, 9.30-12.30 from 9th November 2018 for 6 weeks.

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