Get in the picture – learn a new skill.

Adult education is fast becoming the turning point for many people seeking to retain or learn new skills. With growing numbers entering adult education Westminster Adult Education (WAES) is responding to that growth.

WAES is one of the largest providers of adult education in the country, offering over 1,000 courses across 80 sites in the city.

WAES’ Head of Service Barbara Holm said, “We know adult education can change lives, so we make sure our courses reflect real demand. We recognise the commitment our students make, and we reward that by providing as much flexibility and support as possible.”

Last year WAES helped over 8,000 students learn a new skill enabling them to enhance their job prospects with some getting a job as a direct consequence.

At age 30, student Nina Hollington gave up her secure job to pursue a lifelong dream career in photography. “WAES offered a reasonable price for my accredited BTEC course, and it had a brilliant, flexible approach. I was also amazed that of all the providers I contacted, only Westminster encouraged an interview to discuss what type of course might be right for me.

The course is tailored to the needs of the group, which is great. The equipment was also a plus. Many courses just give handouts, but WAES uses a range of the latest equipment, including the innovative medium format digital technology that is fast becoming industry standard.”

Now a photographer’s assistant, Nina undertakes paid freelance work and notably made both BBC picture of the week and Time Out magazine with her iconic photo ‘The Silent Tango’. “That was a real boost,” she said. “It came from homework – a photo story with an emphasis on losing your fear to get close to your subject. When I saw the tango, I realised I had to get in the midst of it, so I ended up lying on the floor in Waterloo station. I wouldn’t have dared before.
Nina is one of many students who have gone onto to achieve great things and with WAES’ help you could do the same so why not explore the possibilities.
For course information please cal 020 7297 7292 or visit the website at www.waes.ac.uk

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