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Inspire Learning and Libraries to hold open days across the county

06 September 2021

Visitors can explore their local library, sign up to become a member, find out what’s on and try out some of Inspire Learning’s courses for Autumn 2021.

Open days will be running at the following libraries:

  • Sutton-in-Ashfield Library – Friday 3 September, 11am-2pm
  • Mansfield Central Library – Saturday 4 September, 11am-2pm
  • Worksop Library – Sunday 5 September, 12pm-3pm
  • Stapleford Library – Tuesday 7 September, 10am-1pm
  • West Bridgford Library – Wednesday 8 September, 9.30am-12pm

Each participating library will be running a different programme of free activities. Visitors can choose from friendly tutor-led taster sessions such as Italian, crafts, creative writing, maths, IT, sport, CPR and family learning, or fun library activities such as Rattle Rhyme Roll and story time.

Tutors will be on hand to offer information about Inspire Learning’s new Autumn programme of adult and family learning featuring both online and face-to-face courses, or to talk to about IT, maths, English and ESOL.  Courses are low cost or free for those in receipt of certain benefits.

Young people and their parents/carers can visit to find out about college courses and traineeships for those aged 16-24 which run out of specialist bases across the county. Inspire Learning offer Level 1, 2 and 3 AIM Awards or City & Guilds qualifications in a range of subjects including hospitality, IT user skills, bricklaying and construction, painting and decorating, carpentry and joinery, health and social care, and employability, and personal, social development. All courses provide GCSE or Functional Skills in Maths and English – and Inspire have just celebrated their best GCSE English resit results to date.

Those looking to progress in their career or up-skill, can come and talk to tutors about accredited courses. Inspire Learning offer courses in volunteering, teaching, health, social care or counselling, and business and management. Inspire Learning’s team of expert careers advisors will also be on hand during the open days and can offer help with job searches, benefits claims, CVs, job applications, interview skills, volunteering, work placement opportunities and more.

Ian Bond, Director of Learning at Inspire Learning said: ”Why not pop along to one of our Open Days and find out about the fantastic range of courses and services available from Inspire’s libraries? We have great new activities for all the family. Why not try your hand at learning a new skill or listen to a new story? Our library staff, tutors and careers advisers are on hand to answer your questions and make sure that you have a wonderful time.  The team are looking forward to welcoming you to one of our wonderful Open Days.”

All open days are free to attend with no booking required.

Councillor John Cottee, Chairman of the Communities Committee at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “These open days are a fantastic way to have a look and find out more about what’s on offer both on and offline. 

“Inspire has won a number of awards recently for the high quality learning they deliver so if you’re thinking now’s the time to try something new I’d urge you to go along and have a chat or pick up some more information.”

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