Student Stories

Listed below are some student stories from our IT Word Processing Techniques Level 1 and 2 classes with tutor Alka Champaneri:

 

When I started at W.E.A. I was a very lonely person. I had a very big trauma in my life.  I hated being on my own in the house and when I went out, I didn’t want to go home. A friend told me about the WEA and what a lovely helpful place it was to learn computer skills.  I promised her I would come here and enrol on a course.  This I did and from the first day I have always been happy here because everyone is so friendly and the staff so encouraging and helpful. I will admit I’m not very fast on the on the computer but I’m determined to master it.

The help I get is very inspiring and all the staff are so helpful and explaining ways of doing certain tasks.

Anna Sexton


When I first came here I was very scared and afraid.  Now I am more confident in the class and that helps me to improve my speed on typing and other computer skills.

Ann Wills


 

Before coming to the WEA I lacked confidence and found it very difficult to speak to others. Since been on the computer course not only has my confidence grown I have gained friends, computer skills and I have achieved various qualifications.

Keanne Busfield


I learnt a lot now and I have made friends and like to learn more and complete all units.  I am grateful for the opportunity.

[Anonymous]


I joined the IT class in WEA last September 2017. It was as an adventure for me as I was pregnant about 26 weeks with my third baby.  So it was very hard decision to take between all this duties of a full time mum for two toddlers and new born baby so I thought maybe I can just go and try the first two weeks and if I couldn’t manage I will stop. After attending  the first class I felt happy and confident that I can make it as Alka ( the tutor ) and Avani ( the support)  encouraged me and persuaded me to do the course.  So with their support I could achieve New Clait Unit 1 file Management, Word Processing Business Professional, New Clait Unit 5 Powerpoint, New Clait Unit 3- Database, Mailmerge Business Professional, New Clait Unit 3 Spreadsheets.  So big big thank you for Alka and Avani to help me and support me to achieve all those computer’s programmes and to make what it is impossible possible.

Neveen


New Confidence!

I started on this course as I was very poor on computer skills, to the point I did not even know, how to switch the computer on and off –if it was different to my husband’s.

I feared using the computer and felt so ashamed. I knew it was a digital world but the fear kept me behind and from trying it out. Consequently I found myself getting further and further behind.

I was recommended to attend Alka’s course as all the persons I spoke to and the reviews I read, spoke how her courses helped you move forward and learn computer skills, in a staged and structured manner, whilst at the same time your self -esteem and confidence is raised.

I started the course in February, as there was a waiting list-I can’t even begin to tell you how much confidence and computer skills I have gained.

I got my distinction in my Word level 1 exam, my speed is increasing, file management skills have increased.

More importantly, I am not frightened to use the computer, and I can now even transfer my skills on other computer’s.

Pretty Amazing!-If you are feeling like me, or even if you just want to improve your skills, -Just come!

It will make a huge difference to you and you will gain so much, even make new quality friendships.

I still have more to learn, and I look forward to another year on the course as I want to sincerely now go from Strength to Strength.

JS


I  joined the WEA couple of years ago and started an IT course. Before I started my course at WEA on Hinckley Road, I didn’t know much about IT and my confident level was very low and now after two years I have gained so much knowledge and gain my confidence level back. It’s a very friendly and well equipped training place and I always felt that I’m a part of the WEA. My language fails to express how good tutors are. Every single tutor tries their level best and they go extra miles for student’s success. Simply WEA is a fantastic place to get trained and I highly recommend to everyone to get involved and share your knowledge and gain extra qualification which will be needed in our life.

Partha Sharma


My experience with WEA learning Microsoft Office other IT skills, such as key speed 1 and 2 and handling e-mails; has made a great difference in my confidence administrating my business. I can handle booking efficiently and I feel more assertive when organising my work.

Tereza Beardsmore

 


VALSA RENNIE

I have been coming to the IT classes conducted by Tutor Alka Champaneri for the last few years.

I have thoroughly enjoyed coming to the classes and feel have progressed in the use of computers. This has helped in making my use of computer easier and make my documents look more professional.

My knowledge of all the software programmes was rather rudimentary before I came to these WEA classes. The enthusiasm and kindliness shown by Alka and her other helper tutors Avani and Chantal has encouraged me to continue with the classes and do the various modules as they get tougher. This has enabled me to take the examinations after each module and get certificates with distinction in some of the modules.

The classes are conducted with such verve, joy and enthusiasm; such that it makes us students happy and makes us want to learn more and more.

For me who is retired and living on my own the WEA Classes has been a place to be with a friendly group, keep my mind stimulated and feel ready for volunteering and be of help in society.


The IT Word Processing Techniques Level 1 and 2 classes run on a Tuesday and Wednesday 9.00 am to 2.00 pm.  If you would like to know more information about these courses please call us on 0116 2556614 or email 101leicester@wea.org.uk.

 

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Working Living Leicestershire: Tell us what helps

Work.live.leicestershire is a partnership of local organisations working to improve services and opportunities for people in Leicestershire’s rural communities.

We want to know what things would really help people to sort out problems that make it difficult to get paid work (including self-employment) or to train.

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The survey is anonymous. The researchers won’t share personal information about you with anyone.

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Please tell us what helps.

Please click on the link to start the questionnaire: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/PJFHGZ3

Please complete by 4 July 2018.

 

 

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New course: Basic Drawing Skills

To build your confidence at developing drawing skills through instruction, using shapes, and practical, simple activities.

These will comprise of sketching, using pencil or charcoal, and it would also include using different media such as watercolour, acrylics, pastel, line work such stippling, cross-hatching, scribbling, etc. Collage could also be used.

Dates:  Friday 8 June – 13 July 2018

Times:  12.30 pm – 3.00 pm

Number of weeks:  6

Venue:  WEA, 101 Hinckley Road, Leicester LE3 0TD

Tutor:  Beatrice Bishop

Price:  £57.75

If you would like to enrol you can enrol online at https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online or call 0300 303 3464 quoting reference C2340071.

You can also contact the office on 0116 2556614 or email 101leicester@wea.org.uk

* If you are on a means tested benefit the course may be free or if you have a household income of less than £20,000 he course may be half price.  Please ask for details.
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New course: Archaeology – Food and drink in the past

The course will examine the social, cultural and economic factors that have influenced consumption in the human past via a wide range of archaeological evidence from around the world.

Dates:  Monday 4 June – 2 July 2018

Times:  10.00 am – 12.00 pm

Number of weeks:  5

Venue:  Newarke Houses Museum, The Newarke, Leicester LE2 7BY

Tutor:  Stephanie Vann

Price:  £38.50

If you would like to enrol you can enrol online at https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online or call 0300 303 3464 quoting reference C2338773.

You can also contact the office on 0116 2556614 or email 101leicester@wea.org.uk

* If you are on a means tested benefit the course may be free or if you have a household income of less than £20,000 he course may be half price.  Please ask for details.
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New course: French for Beginners

This course teaches the basics of the French language and is great fun! It is meant for people with little or no knowledge of French. Absolute beginners as well as post beginners will learn how to get by in France and so this course would be very beneficial for people who are possibly planning a short trip there. It is taught by a native speaker.

Dates:  Friday 8 June – 13 July 2018

Times:  9.30 am – 11.30 am

Number of weeks:  6

Venue:  WEA, 101 Hinckley Road, Leicester LE3 0TD

Tutor:  Beatrice Bishop

Price:  £46.20*

If you would like to enrol you can enrol online at https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online or call 0300 303 3464 quoting reference C2340070.

You can also contact the office on 0116 2556614 or email 101leicester@wea.org.uk

* If you are on a means tested benefit the course may be free or if you have a household income of less than £20,000 he course may be half price.  Please ask for details.
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New Course: Vintage Style Accessories

Learn how to make beautiful vintage style accessories, such as tiaras, head dresses, bangles and necklaces.

Working in a very friendly relaxed environment, attendees will learn basic techniques in wire forming and how to attach beads and buttons to decorate final pieces.

Dates:  Wednesday 6 June – 27 June 2018

Times:  12.30 pm – 2.30 pm

Number of weeks:  4

Venue:  WEA, 101 Hinckley Road, Leicester LE3 0TD

Tutor:  Nicky Tarlton-Weatherhall

Price:  £30.80*

If you would like to enrol you can enrol online at https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online or call 0300 303 3464 quoting reference C2338918.

You can also contact the office on 0116 2556614 or email 101leicester@wea.org.uk

* If you are on a means tested benefit the course may be free or if you have a household income of less than £20,000 he course may be half price.  Please ask for details.
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New Summer Courses

Please find listed below new courses this term:

‘Gonna rise up Singing’ with Kyle Newman

Fridays starting 11 May 2018 for 9 weeks

10.30 – 12.30 pm  £69.30

Y Theatre, East Street, Leicester

Course reference C2339977

Learn safe and effective physical, breathing and vocal warm-ups to prepare the body, mind and voice for singing. Develop vocal techniques to enhance sound production, tone and projection. Learn songs in different parts (harmony singing). Sing songs in different styles. Develop confidence in singing with others. All levels welcome.

Art Workshop with Mixed Media

Mondays starting 11 June 2018 for 5 weeks

6.30 pm to 8.30 pm £38.50

WEA, 101 Hinckley Road, Leicester LE3 0TD

Course reference C2340067

Come and spend a relaxing 2 hours on Monday evenings in a supportive and friendly environment to create exciting art works with acrylic paint, mixed media and collage with a fun and experimental approach. We will study drawing and painting techniques, working from life, as well as using photography as a tool and aid for creating more unusual compositions. You will have the opportunity to look at other artists work for inspiration, and to work on developing your own style. No experience is needed, if you are a complete beginner or would like to expand your artistic skills, all are welcome.

Vintage Style Accessories

Wednesdays starting 6 June 2018 for 4 weeks

12.30 pm – 2.30 pm   £30.80

WEA, 101 Hinckley Road, Leicester LE3 0TD

Course reference C2339818

Learn how to make beautiful vintage style accessories, such as tiaras, head dresses, bangles and necklaces. Working in a very friendly relaxed environment, attendees will learn basic techniques in wire forming and how to attach beads and buttons to decorate final pieces.

French for Beginners

Fridays starting 8 June 2018 for 6 weeks

9.30 am to 11.30 am   £46.20

WEA, 101 Hinckley Road, Leicester LE3 0TD

Course reference C2340070

This course teaches the basics of the French language and is great fun! It is meant for people with little or no knowledge of French. Absolute beginners as well as post beginners will learn how to get by in France and so this course would be very beneficial for people who are possibly planning a short trip there. It is taught by a native speaker.

Basic Drawing Skills

Fridays starting 8 June 2018

12.30 pm to 3.00 pm   £57.75

WEA, 101 Hinckley Road, Leicester LE3 0TD

Course reference C2340071

To build your confidence at developing drawing skills through instruction, using shapes, and practical, simple activities. These will comprise of sketching, using pencil or charcoal, and it would also include using different media such as watercolour, acrylics, pastel, line work such stippling, cross-hatching, scribbling, etc. Collage could also be used.

To enrol please quote the course reference either online at wea.org.uk or by

ringing 0300 303 3464.

 You can also contact the WEA, 101 Hinckley Road, Leicester LE3 0TD, ring 0116 2556614 or email 101leicester@wea.org.uk

If you are on a means tested benefit the course may be free or a household income of less than £20,000 the course may half price. Please ask for details.

 

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