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Julie Hope, a former student at Learningonline has gone full circle to become a tutor after gaining qualifications through the programme and is now encouraging others to follow in her footsteps.

Julie began studying IT at Learningonline Redditch in 2016 after making the decision to return to work after having children. She had previously worked in childcare and not wanting to go back to doing that, she booked herself onto a course with Learningonline at the Greenlands Business Centre.

Julie Passed her ECDL level 2 in early 2017 and began volunteering at Learningonline to gain some work experience in Admin and increase her confidence. Enjoying the work so much Julie decided to take her Award in Education and Training for Adults which she passed in March 2018. Julie now continues to volunteer at Learningonline and is hoping to find work as an adult tutor.

Julie said: "Studying at Learningonline gave me the confidence to develop my skills and move into a new career path. I would like to say a big thank you to all the staff who supported me along the way."

Learningonline Manager, Alison Osborne, said:“Julie is a great asset to us at Learningonline and we’re really pleased that we could help her to achieve her goals and inspire her to engage in further adult education. We are proud to say that she is not alone and the success stories from our adult learning programmes just keep coming.

“Are your qualifications holding you back? Do you have the experience for the career path you’d like but not sure where to start? Our courses are flexible around you and many of them are offered for free to help you get back into work or change career paths. Contact us today to find out more.”

Learningonline Redditch, a council run service, offers adults the opportunity to improve their skills and build the confidence to return to work or continue with further education.

The centre works in partnership with Heart of Worcestershire College and use Employment and Skills and European Union funding. The centre is accredited to deliver qualifications for two recognised awarding bodies.

To find out more about the courses or to book yourself on, please contact Learningonline Redditch at learningonline@redditchbc.gov.uk or call 01527 524762.