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Online payments: essential information

Posted on: 14 March 2016

Pixabay keyboardIf you are claiming a discount on one of our courses or making a payment that is less than 100% of the full cost of the course, due to technical issues this service is currently not available through our online payment system.

Instead, please phone or visit one of our centres with your course information to hand, and our team there will be able to apply the discount and take payment for your course.

We are working to resolve the problem as soon as possible. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

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January evening and weekend courses

Posted on: 14 December 2017

We have evening or weekend courses in arts and crafts, guitar, photography and German starting in January – perfect if you work 9 to 5 or have other commitments during the day. Check out what’s on when in the list below.

If you see something you’d like to do, but it’s not on in your area or the times or dates don’t suit you, find more courses using our online search or contact your local centre – if there’s enough interest in your area, they may be able to put on your course.

Evening courses

Drawing Skills

Okehampton Primary School, Okehampton, Wednesdays 10 January to 7 February 6-8:30pm

A general course in basic drawing skills, suitable for both the beginner and those with experience. Find out more.

German for beginners

Passmore Edwards Centre, Newton Abbot, Thursdays 11 January to 1 March 7-9pm

Suitable for complete beginners or those who have done one or more Beginners German courses. Learn and practise speaking German. Find out more.

Stained Glass for beginners

Arts Centre, Bideford, Wednesdays 17 January to 7 February 6:30-9pm

Learn the basic principles and techniques required to work with stained glass. Find out more.

Digital Photography

Arts Centre, Bideford, Thursdays 18 January to 8 February 6:30-8:30pm

Improve your photography on guided photo shoots. Find out more. 

Play Guitar

Alexander Centre, Tavistock, Tuesdays 23 January to 6 March 6-7:30pm

Learn or improve your guitar-playing skills, tune the guitar and some basic chord shapes and scales. Suitable for anyone from complete beginner to intermediate players. Find out more.

Weekend courses

Life drawing

Kennaway Centre, Exmouth, Saturday 6 January 10am-3pm

Start off by drawing gestural marks in response to poses, then move on to learning about line, tone, form, space and proportion. Find out more.

Crafty Saturday

Kennaway Centre, Exmouth, Saturday 20 January 10am-4pm

An exciting creative day, with lunch included, to explore basic sewing skills. Find out more.

Alternative Winter Wreaths

Lantern Centre, Ilfracombe, Saturday 20 January 10am-3:30pm

Make a beautiful winter wreath using fabrics, flowers, ribbons and braids. Find out more.


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Give your feedback: Learner Satisfaction survey

Posted on: 10 November 2017

What do you think about learning with us? Now’s the time to have your say. The Education & Skills Funding Agency, who fund the learning we provide, are running a survey to find out your thoughts on Learn Devon.

The survey closes on 4 May 2018.

You are eligible to complete the survey if you are in learning with us at any time between 30 October 2017 and 4 May 2018, even if your course starts or ends outside of these dates.

The survey is short and should only take a few minutes to complete. To start, click on the link below, then log in with these details:

  • Our organisational code number10001951
  • Your unique learner reference number. If you don’t know this, please contact us.

Start the survey

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Featured five: upcoming courses not to miss

Posted on: 31 October 2017


Make beautiful jewellery for yourself and friends

Here’s our latest pick of courses starting soon across Devon. These include some great art and craft workshops, perfect for making personalised items and gifts.

If you see something you’d like to do but it’s not on in your area or the times or dates don’t suit you, find more courses using our online search or contact your local centre – if there’s enough interest in your area, they may be able to put on your course.

Watercolour painting – try it out

Lantern Centre, Ilfracombe. Monday 15 January 10am-12noon

Come along and learn the basics of painting with watercolours. Find out more.

Jewellery making for all

The Mansion, Totnes. Tuesday 16 January 10am-12:30pm

Make beautiful, bespoke pieces of jewellery for yourself and friends. Find out more.

Abstract Painting

Arts Centre, Bideford. Tuesday 23 January 6:30pm-9pm

Create beautiful, and original abstract paintings on paper and canvas. Find out more.

Japanese binding – photo album

The Kennaway Centre, Exmouth. Wednesday 31 January 1pm-3pm

Make your own photo album using Japanese style bookbinding. Find out more.

Book Art – embossing, collage and creative book covering

Ockment Centre, Okehampton. Thursday 1 February 1pm – 2:30pm

Try simple ‘mock embossing’, collage and other creative additions to decorate and make a notebook. Find out more.

For more art and craft workshops, search ‘art and craft’ in our online course search.


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“My first year as an apprentice has flown by!”

Posted on: 29 September 2017

Our five apprentices at Learn Devon are about to complete their first year with us. Here, Emily, who is working in our Business Support team, tells us about her year.

I can’t quite believe I’ve come to the end of my first year of my apprenticeship with Learn Devon already! It’s amazing to look at the progress I’ve made throughout the year, both in my qualification and in my day to day work.

Over the course of the year, I’ve chosen and completed 15 units from the OCR Business and Administration framework. For each unit, I’ve completed research tasks, as well as working with my colleagues at Learn Devon on practical projects.

Every day has been different, and I’ve taken part in so many different activities in projects to help develop my skills in a whole range of administrative areas. From data management and spreadsheets, to responding to emails both internally and externally, and even organising the office Christmas meal, I’ve just about covered every aspect of office life!

I would definitely encourage anyone who is deciding what to take as their next step in education to have a look in to doing an apprenticeship!

You can find information about Learn Devon apprenticeships online, or contact us.

Interested in apprenticeships?

Read more blog posts from our apprentices.

Find out more about apprenticeships with Learn Devon.


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New British Sign Language video service

Posted on: 21 September 2017

British Sign Language users can now contact Devon County Council – and therefore Learn Devon – using an online interpreter through video.

The interpreter will relay your conversation with a member of staff, then sign back to you their response to your questions.

This can be used in face-to-face conversations or over the phone.

You can find more information on the Devon County Council website and in the video below.


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“I just wanted to change things in my life”

Posted on: 30 August 2017

Matthew, centre, with his tutor Sam Gibb and Area Manager Ally Cooper

Congratulations to learner Matthew Harrington from Exmouth, who overcame autism and dyslexia to pass three maths exams and has been presented with our Outstanding Achievement award for the East region.

Matthew, 35, was presented with an embossed glass bowl and a certificate of achievement at the Kennaway Centre in Exmouth.

A few years ago Matthew suffered from a chronic lack of confidence. He lived at home, couldn’t work, couldn’t read and struggled with things many of us take for granted, including visiting the local shop.

He decided to turn his life around. He taught himself to read and signed up to one of our Improve Your Maths courses.

Now Matthew is well on his way to becoming independent. With help from Step One, an Exeter charity which assists those with autism into work, he has landed a job at Devon Cliffs Holiday Park.

Matthew also uses his new skills as a volunteer at the Cancer Research Charity Shop in Exmouth and has signed onto more courses.

“My maths skills were very poor,” Matthew said. “All my life I have had problems. I wasn’t able to work or go far on my own. I just wanted to change things in my life.”

Initially when Matthew joined the course he struggled. “I was nervous, lacking confidence and I failed my first exam,” he said.

“But I’m determined. I take one day at a time and I kept persisting and suddenly things started to make sense. My advice? Don’t think about it too much.

“The key is to take things in small steps and don’t worry about things, just do them – if you think about where you want to be it can be overwhelming.”

Matthew says he really likes his new job at Devon Cliffs and added: “My employers are really nice to me.

“I’ve cleaned 178 caravans so far. I like to keep a tally. My new-found maths skills have certainly helped with that!

“I am very grateful to Learn Devon and Haven Holiday Parks, they have helped give me the skill and confidence I needed.”

Councillor Stuart Barker, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member Responsible for Learn Devon, said:

“One of Devon County Council’s main priorities is improving opportunities for all and supporting those in our community who are less able to learn the skills they need to become economically active and independent.

“We recognise that it can be hard to find and stay in work, and that’s why we offer free courses, with experienced staff, extensive support and a bursary for disadvantaged learners.”

Allison Cooper, an Area Manager for Learn Devon, said: “I hope that Matthew’s story shows what can be achieved through perseverance and will inspire others.”

A spokesman for Devon Cliffs added: “It has been a pleasure having Matthew on board this season.”

Inspired by Matthew’s story? We run courses in maths, English and other skills from beginner level across Devon. Get in touch today to see how we can help you.

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Learn Devon vacancy – apprenticeship Assessor Tutor

Posted on: 25 August 2017

The Learn Devon Apprenticeship programme is growing, and we need an experienced professional to support us at this exciting time.

Learn Devon has offered Apprenticeships since 2013 and, as a result of growing need, we are looking for an additional Assessor Tutor. The ideal candidate will have experience of teaching and assessing on Apprenticeships, ideally in Business Administration and Customer Service at levels 2 and 3. You should also hold the A1 Assessor qualification (or equivalent), and a relevant teaching qualification. Relevant experience within the Public Sector would also be advantageous. Flexibility will be required as you will be travelling across Devon to visit learners in their workplace. You will ideally have experience of e-learning, and the use of e-portfolios.

The role is for a one year fixed term contract of 250 hours, there is a degree of flexibility as to how the hours are worked, but it will be roughly equal hours throughout the year in order to support the Apprentices effectively.

This role requires a DBS disclosure.

This role requires the ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence and fluency in English.

For full details, and to apply, please visit Devon Jobs.

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Video: our apprentices talk about their first year

Posted on: 21 August 2017

Watch our video to find out how our five apprentices Emily, Harry, Lewis, Marcus and Paige have found their first year on the job. They talk about what they have enjoyed, what they have learned and what they are looking forward to in year two.

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Our new Autumn term courses are here!

Posted on: 1 August 2017

Our new Autumn term courses are now available to browse and enrol on! You can use our course search, drop us an email, give us a call on 0345 155 1014, or pop in to your local centre to enrol.

If you see a course you’d like to do on a poster or leaflet, but you can’t find it on our website, please call your local centre and they will be able to give you further details on it and enrol you.

Don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for all of the latest updates.

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“At Learn Devon my life and confidence have improved”

Posted on: 19 May 2017

Two learners from courses at The Kennaway Centre in Exmouth write about how their learning has improved their lives…


My reason for learning

I started going to English classes because when I left school back in 1983 I left with very low pass marks. In the subjects I took, which were maths, art and English, I only got CSE passes.

New people

When you go to Learn Devon at the Kennaway Centre you get to meet different people with different learning problems and different reasons for wanting to learn English.

I found being older makes it much easier than when I went to school. Then, the teachers had no discipline and most of the pupils disrupted the class and nothing was ever done about it.


At Learn Devon you’re given a fair chance to be able to obtain skills for life. I started learning English with a tutor called Sim. I learnt comprehension and punctuation. I managed to pass entry level 3. Now I am in Fiona’s class and I am working towards a huge leap in comparison to where I started.

Quotes from the class

Matthew, a member of the group, said: “When I come to class I feel everyone’s happy and it’s good doing English as it makes you use your brain!”

Kim, the learning support worker, said: “It is a joy to come to the English class as I enjoy helping people improve their writing as it is a skill for life.”

In a class of its own

I never used to enjoy schooling as I felt I wasn’t getting anywhere. At least at Learn Devon my life and confidence have improved as now I write letters and I can fill in forms which used to be a problem. All of my improvements have been noticed by my parents who used to worry because I have always struggled.


Learning with a reason

My name is Matt, I attend the Kennaway Centre twice a week. I started off doing my level one English and maths. With the help of my teachers I have passed both English and maths.

My achievements

Soon after I passed my level one English and maths, I moved on to start my level two. After I pass my level two English and maths I will start a course at college.

My English group

In my English group we are always busy doing articles or other amazing tasks. I like it that every time I walk into my English class, everyone is happy, chirpy and always eager to start the tasks the tutor Fiona has planned.

I have asked Fiona what she likes about our English group and she commented: “I love it that every character is different and the group is supportive to each other. They work well together as a team and as a class.”

Why should I join the Kennaway?

The Kennaway helped me up my grades when the college would not accept me because my grades were too low. One of my friends said: “When I first started at the Kennaway I had little skills but since joining I have achieved skills in writing letters and other basic skills and now I can write a formal letter with confidence.”

This could be you!

You could be in the same situation as most people here at the Kennaway, but everyone is here to learn and achieve skills they might not have learnt before. Your life could change here at the Kennaway and you could achieve the same skills as others have in the past.

So don’t hesitate, come and sign up now.


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