Free skills courses help residents to Live and Learn

Staffordshire Housing Association is offering free courses to residents looking to boost their education and skills.

The North Staffordshire based social housing group offers a Live and Learn Programme to its 3,000 residents.

A wide variety of education, leisure and vocational training opportunities are available through Live and Learn.

Former stay-at-home mum, Maria Tylman, is hoping to embark on a career in education with the help of qualifications achieved on a Live and Learn course.

Maria passed a Level Three Child Protection Awareness course after reading about the Live and Learn programme in an SHA leaflet.

“It was so easy to enrol and the teaching was of a high standard,” said Maria of Barracks Way, Leek.

“I have been at home looking after my two children in recent years, but now is the time to do something for myself and the Live and Learn programme presented an ideal opportunity.

“I am a qualified teaching assistant and I felt the Child Protection Awareness training would enhance my qualifications,” added Maria who is currently studying for a higher level teaching assistant qualification via a foundation degree course at Staffordshire University.

Staffordshire Housing Association funded Maria’s course which was provided via VAST at the Dudson Centre, Hanley.

Adrian Foster, Customer Involvement Co-ordinator of SHA, said: “The Live and Learn programme can help residents to achieve their goals, whether those are a vocational qualification needed to help them get a job or a leisure qualification which will help them run the local football team.”

Live and Learn is open to all Staffordshire Housing Association tenants. To find out more contact Adrian Foster on 01782 744533.


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Notes to Editors:

Staffordshire Housing Group is a housing association committed to building a better future for local communities.  Established in 1984, SHA provide a huge range of tenant services including maintenance, tenancy support, estate management and gardening, as well as essential guidance on income management, money advice and benefits assessments. They are committed to improving live in Staffordshire through regeneration, supported housing, older people’s villages, key worker homes and a rolling programme of home improvements. Their subsidiary company, Blue Mountain Housing Association, also work closely with refugee and local BME communities to provide essential support with healthcare, education, training and employment as well as access to quality housing.