New course in Thetford with Sainsbury’s – Absolute Beginners IT

As part of the Workers’ Educational Association’s ethos, vision and values we are keen to try and break down barriers for people facing digital exclusion due to various reasons, and to develop, expand and encourage learners and communities in using digital technology.

We have developed a project with Sainsbury’s as a ways to engage with the local community. We are offering a 6 week course to be held in the café in Thetford Sainsbury’s on a Wednesday afternoon from Wed 19th Feb – Wed 26th March at 3.30pm – 6pm. There are 10 places available to adults of 19 years or older and the those potential students who are receiving means-tested benefits can attend the course for free, however for those who do not meet the fee waiver criteria, course fee support maybe available through the WEA if on low household income (usually below £15,276).

The aim of the course is to help people develop skills in order to get online and then help them stay online. The content of the course will cover the very basics from switching on the laptop to using Skype, email, searching the internet, shopping and staying safe online and depending on progress and individual needs, job searching and creating CV’s.

If you are interested please either call or email Adam on or on 01842 811171.

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ICT and Digital courses

The Eastern WEA has been running a number of ICT courses over the last six months culminating in our ‘Summer of Learning’ initiative that aimed to combat digital exclusion and increase awareness of the benefits of participating in digital activities.  We have been able to offer help and support through courses with libraries, housing associations, community groups and charities. We believe that we have been able to make a difference to many people but we want to continue and expand what we do and offer. Please click on the thumbnails to see some of the courses we have can offer.

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If you are interested in discussing any of the provision we offer, or would like to look into developing courses to your specific needs, please contact  us at


Employability & Health and Well Being Courses

The Eastern WEA has recently embarked upon a new initiative  providing provision to Job Centre Plus’ in Hertfordshire. Currently we are offering three courses at Waltham Cross (ESOL for Work, Lone Parents and INSPIRE) and are in further discussion with St Albans and Hertford. These courses have been developed and created based upon a research project the Eastern WEA undertook with JCP branches from around the county. We have therefore been able to tailor these courses to specific student needs. Please click on the thumbnails to see the courses.

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If you are interested in discussing any of the provision we offer, or would like to look into developing courses to your specific needs, please contact the us at


Len McClusky from Unite the Union mentions WEA

At the Unite the Union launch event of the WEA developed ESOL online course, Len McClusky, the General Secretary, gave a speech regarding how important Unite view education. He made a reference to the role the WEA play in this:-

‘Trade Unions were the bodies that wanted to educate working class individuals….The Workers’ Educational Association was first established in 1903 and provided men and women with the opportunity to get an education.  The slogan, educate, agitate and organise encapsulate how workers could improve their lives.’  Here this at 5min 15secs.

Unite the Union launch national online ESOL developed by WEA

Adam Bracher of the Eastern WEA attended the national launch of Unite the Union’s Online ESOL course yesterday in London. Len McClusky, the General Secretary of Unite, officially launched the project which the WEA has been developing over the past year. The collaboration on this project between WEA and Unite has been to address long standing issues of providing ESOL provision for Unite’s migrant workers. Due to shift patterns and relocation, migrant workers struggle to attend traditional classroom courses, so by having created an online course that is available 24/7, the major barrier to learning has been avoided.

The course, which uses XERTE software has been developed by the WEA to meet the needs of the learners and covered a range of topics for the Entry Levels 1, 2 and 3. Key specific topics have been created especially for UNITE, which cover ‘What is a Trade Union’ and ‘Workers rights’. Each course contains 5 units and last approximately 20 hours with a writing or reading test at the end of each level.

Unite estimate that this course will help hundreds upon hundreds of their members develop greater English skills which will only benefit themselves both in work and in their local community.  The WEA are proud to have worked on this exciting project that will help those in need, and in turn will also be offering a full online ESOL provision in the near future.

The video is Orlando Martins from Unite presenting the software to the audience at the launch event on Saturday 2nd November 2013. Len McClusky’s speech, where he mentioned the impact the WEA has had on education in this country, will follow soon.