This section has been produced to provide you with a range of helpful and supportive links to assist you on your learner journey.

Below you will find:

  1. Information, advice and guidance links
  2. Independent learning links
  3. Enhancing your employability skills
  4. Volunteering and work experience links
  5. Employability links
  6. Additional learning support links- to provide information and advice to students
  7. Student support – financial support offered by the WEA to support students on their learning journey

1. Information Advice and Guidance

Useful links to find out more about the WEA courses and gain some careers guidance. 

The WEA aims to support students to you to achieve your aspirations and helping you to reach your goals relating to one (or more) of the following: education, a new career, progression to other course, promotion at work or personal and professional development.

How information, advice and guidance can support students:

  • Information Advice and Guidance about planning and choosing your career
  • Information Advice and Guidance about courses and learning
  • Information Advice and Guidance about finding employment

Receiving IAG can offer students a range of specialist support which includes:

  • Finding education, training and progression opportunities that are appropriate for you and your personal circumstances 
  • Help to understand employability skills and the labour market 
  • Developing  your CV and Job searching skills 
  • Advice and signposting to other professional organisations that can help you. 

WEA : Adult learning within reach 

We can provide information and sometimes advice about a  number of things: WEA courses and membership, Choosing the right course, fees and financial support, Learning support, Progression - information on what you can do next and referral - direct you to other courses, agencies or resources/ guidance.

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WEA Progression Pathways 

Website provides information, advice and guidance to help individuals to make decisions on learning, training and work.

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National Careers service 

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Careers Box 

Careers box is the national careers film library, a free careers resource showing hundreds of real people doing real jobs.

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Start 

Online careers platform offering comprehensive, up-to-date information from trusted sources. Helps students transition from education to employment and promote the importance of employability.

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MyCareerSpringboard 

MyCareerSpringboard is designed to help teachers deliver careers guidance to their students in the most fun, simple and effective way possible.

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Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs)

Local Enterprise Partnerships are locally-owned partnerships between local authorities and businesses. They play a central role in determining local economic priorities and undertaking activities to drive economic growth and the creation of local jobs.

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Prospects 

Prospects are the experts in graduate careers. We help to guide students and graduates to a bright future with unrivalled information, advice and opportunities.

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Apprenticeships 

Website provide Information of apprenticeships and current apprenticeship vacancies.

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Careers test - to help you in assessing you current skills and abilities and jobs you may be interested in

My Careers Springboard careers test

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National Careers service skills health test

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Prospects Career planner (ideal for graduates)

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2. Independent learning links - useful web links students can use whilst studying on a WEA course and beyond

Learn My Way 

Learn My Way is a website of free online courses for beginners, helping you develop digital skills to make the most of the online world.

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Pearl 

Part time education for adults returning to learn (Designed to help and inspire individuals to explore their learning options.

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OpenLearn 

OpenLearn aims to break the barriers to education by reaching millions of learners around the world, providing free educational resources.

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Barclays - Lifeskills

Lifeskills offers individuals interactive tools and resources to help in enhancing employability skills and understanding finances.

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3. Enhancing your employability skills to help prepare you for your job searches and applications

CV writing resources 

Useful links to help you  create and perfect your CV

Job search and applications 

Helpful information offered to help you looking and apply for jobs effectively.

Preparing for an interview 

Helpful hints and tips in helping to perform well in an interview setting.

4. Volunteering and work experience links - opportunities to enable students to enhance or gain some experience in a area of interest

Membership and volunteering for WEA 

Whether or not you have finished your course, we also invite you to consider becoming a member or volunteer with the WEA. Membership is open to anyone who supports our aims and values. Members receive regular updates about WEA campaigns, fundraising and events and are able to contribute views through surveys and polls.  You can join by contacting your Regional Office or sending an email to membership@wea.org.uk

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Getting work experience 

NAVCA (National Association for Voluntary and Community Action)

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Community service volunteers 

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5. Job searching links - some helpful websites that can help you look for employment opportunities 

Websites with links job vacancies and useful resources to help you in enhancing your employability.

Additional learning support 

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6. Additional learning support links - to provide information and advice to students 

What is learning disability 

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Learning styles 

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7. Student support - financial support offered by the WEA to support students on their leading journey 

Criteria for the DLS fund 

Discretionary Learner Support (DLS) is a discretionary fund that allows us to provide financial support to students on a course funded through the ESFA with a specific financial hardship preventing them from taking part in learning. 

To download the form click here 

DLS is split between: 

  • Hardship Funding 
  • 20+ Childcare Funding 

Eligibility for DLS 

To receive support from this fund a student must be: 

  • In receipt of a means tested benefit 
  • NASS Support confirmation for Asylum seekers 

OR

  • Have an annual household income of less than £20,000. Students can apply for up to 50% reduction to tuition fees, but can apply for more financial support if seen to be experiencing exceptional circumstances.

WEA's key priorities for supporting students 

  • Support for people in receipt of a means tested benefit to attend their course. 
  • Support for a student progressing to an accredited course who does not have a qualification higher than Level 2.
  • Support for students on employability courses.
  • Support for students on English, maths and ESOL courses.
  • Support for students becoming active in their communities.
  • Support for people with mental health difficulties, recovering addicts, carers and those experiencing homelessness.

Hardship DLS support: 

  • Tuition and Examination fees – up to 50% of tuition fees (100% in exceptional circumstances ) and 100% of examination fees to a maximum of £400 where a student cannot get fee waiver and there is evidence of hardship.
  • Books and Equipment – Identified as essential for the course as noted in the Course Information Sheet.
  • Travel – Transport to and from the class in specific circumstances (this applies to students eligible for fee waiver only). Expenditure must exceed £20.00 in total before a claim can be met and all receipts must be supplied.

Childcare 

This fund can be used to pay for childcare which is with a Ofsted registered childcare provider. Students to be aged 20 and above. 

Finding childcare in your local area

As a general rule childcare payments should not exceed £6.00 per hour.

Students under 20 years old can apply for childcare via Care to learn

For any questions regarding the DLS fund contact the Student Support team on 0300 303 3464