Open evening to help with course choices

Shrewsbury College teaches hundreds of part-time and full-time courses, with opportunities available across 24 subject areas. And in the last year the College has joined forces with JobCentrePlus to offer free training programmes tailored to help the unemployed.

An advice and enrolment event on Thursday January 20 from 5.00-7.00pm at the College’s Main Campus in London Road, Shrewsbury, will be an opportunity to get expert guidance on all courses, part-time or full-time. It will also be an enrolment evening for part-time courses, giving people the opportunity to sign up for any of 200-plus courses.

Shrewsbury College’s website is a good place to begin gathering information about courses and the College’s extensive facilities, and prospectuses are freely available - just phone 01743 342342 or email

Subjects areas offering part-time courses include arts and crafts, brickwork, business, carpentry, catering, plastering, beauty, car maintenance, computing, counselling, dressmaking, employment skills, family history, first aid, gardening, hairdressing, languages, music technology, performing arts, photography, RYA marine radio, sign language, teaching, travel and tourism, welding and writing.  

There are classes to help you brush up on your English and maths, or to learn English if you are a speaker of a foreign language. And you can do GCSEs and A Levels as a distance learner, which means you can study at home with full access to the College’s facilities whenever you need it.

The College also teaches Higher Education courses for two universities and has helped thousands of students boost their careers through gaining university level qualifications.

Shrewsbury College is also offering Fresh Start courses. These are free short courses for people who are unemployed and not in education. For more details call 01743 3442342.

For instance, the College’s Telford Construction Centre is offering eight weeks of basic training in painting and decorating, tiling, brickwork, plastering, carpentry and plumbing to people of any age over 19 who have been unemployed for at least six months. JobCentrePlus refers potential attendees to the Construction Centre.

Programme Manager Mike Howells said the programmes make attendees attractive to employers. “Some people ask ‘what can you do in eight weeks that will make a real difference?’ and the answer is - a lot. We have seen some great transformations. There is absolutely no way you could call yourself a skilled tradesperson after just these few weeks but you have taken a very long first step on the road to becoming one,” he said.
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