Expansion of adult learning across Thurrock’s communities

Adult learning comes to Aveley Hub

Thurrock Adult Community College provides adult learning, offering opportunities for Thurrock residents to upskill and retrain with a wide range of part-time courses.

From July 2021, the college will start to realise its long-term ambition to level up access to learning by opening new localised learning hubs enabling residents to develop essential skills closer to where they live.

Next academic year, we will start to offer classes in the east of the borough at Stanford-le-Hope and Tilbury and in the west at the new £2m Aveley Community Hub (pictured) where an Open Event will be held on 15 September 2021 and Information, Advice and Guidance will be available on selected days through the Summer. We will, of course, continue to be offering a wide range of courses in central Grays, using venues such as South Essex College’s Thurrock campus and The Beehive Community Resource Centre on West Street

As well as classroom-based learning, the college will also continue to offer online learning options which have proved popular over the past year with those people who need more flexibility to be able to study part-time.

Our young people with SEND will be relocating to the Stanley Lazell Hall in Dell Road, Grays. We are very excited about the wide variety of activities we will be able to offer them at this new centre, supporting them to prepare for adulthood and independent living. The hall is currently being refurbished and will give us two fully-accessible classrooms.

Jaki Bradley, Principal of Thurrock Adult Community College, says “Of course, we don't want to just work in Grays as the adult learning service covers the whole of Thurrock. Whilst we are sad to leave what has been our home in Richmond Road for many years, we understand this move is necessary because the building has become too expensive to repair and maintain. As part of the College move from Richmond Road, we are setting up other bases across the borough including in the east and the west to ensure all residents can access learning in their community”. 

You can read more about the courses currently available on the College’s Find A Course page. Many of the new courses for September will be launched on 24 May 2021 which will reflect the new community locations. Follow us on social channels to find out first about new adult education opportunities near you!

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