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ESOL Students visit Splashpoint Leisure Centre!

August 26th, 2016

This week, Kara Jarvis, Tutor at asphaleia took a group of ESOL students to Splashpoint leisure centre.

The ESOL students learnt about the leisure centre, how many people work there, what they look for in employees and the qualifications you can gain by working at the leisure centre.
They really enjoyed learning all of this in a practical environment!
For more information about asphaleia Training, please call us on 01903 823 546

An Insight to Apprenticeships!

August 26th, 2016

The summer programme students were given a very interesting and insightful talk about apprenticeships from Worthing College’s apprenticeship team this week.

British and ESOL students joined classes to learn about all the opportunities available to them and the many benefits of completing apprenticeships.

Students were interested to learn about the levels they can take, the many careers that can be accessed by completing apprenticeships and the varied qualifications available to them. They were certainly surprised to hear about the careers that they could achieve through apprenticeships that many students thought would be inaccessible to them previously.

The chance to earn a salary and gain a qualification whilst gaining valuable experience in the workplace was very appealing and an interesting alternative route to success than they had thought achievable before.

asphaleia were very grateful to Worthing College and their apprenticeship team for visiting and giving an informative talk to all of our students.
For more information about asphaleia training in Worthing, please call us on 01903 823 546.

100 young people have accessed Better Life in West London!

August 23rd, 2016

Today has seen the Better Life project almost double its projected target and has now supported 100 young people!

Over the last year the project has worked with 11 - 25 year olds who have had various barriers and needs, including: autism, ADHD, anxiety, BESD, confidence, dyslexia, depression,  mental health needs, speech and language difficulties, special educational needs, school engagement and issues related to many factors; being a looked after child, a young offender, teenage parents.

During this time the young people have met with Kieran, the Intervention Specialist and worked on their barriers and helped achieve goals set. Activities and interventions have included: CV writing skills, confidence building, anger management, presentation skills, workshops, mental health discussions, engagement and sign posting.

Young people have then progressed back into education or a work placement. The Better Life project has helped them overcome the difficulties in their lives and set them on the path to reach their potential.

The Better life project has become very popular in West London over the past year. The project is set to continue to grow, aiming to have a positive impact in as many young peoples lives as possible.

To find out more please contact, Kieran Crighton on 01895 272478, or email kierancrighton@asphaleia.co.uk

Feeling the Olympic spirit:

August 19th, 2016

In today’s interactive learning session, we talked about the Olympics.

We discussed about the origin of the games, the rings, and venues for the next Olympics and which events are part of the Olympics. Then the students told the class which events they have been following. Some of them were disappointed that their respective countries haven’t won any medals.

The students enjoyed talking about the Olympics and showed a lot of interest and it was great to see their enthusiasm as one of them remarked, ‘we want to see our country win a medal.’

For more information about asphaleia training in Uxbridge, please call us on 01895 272 478.

Summer holidays, summer learning

August 18th, 2016

Learning over the summer has become important not only to maintain the momentum of learning over the long break but also as a source of motivation. This is particularly so with ESOL where obvious strides in language learning can take time.

Taking the refugee team in the Olympics as a source of inspiration, tutor Jenny Davis used real stories of determination and achievement as a source of inspiration to the below entry learners just starting their summer programme at asphaleia Worthing.

The learners found Yusra Mardini’s sporting achievement and struggles with language learning particularly inspiring and for now they felt learning English was the most important goal.

Reading the key information of name, age, country of origin and sport for the different athletes one learner summed up the experience of repetition in English as ’saving it in my head and he said it was ‘like a computer’ which he shared with the class.

Clearly this was an engaging way to present this key information and progress to the start of classes in September.

For more information about asphaleia training in worthing, Please call us on 01903 823 546.

Summer of Learning!

August 17th, 2016

The month of August has started with a bang in Uxbridge with the start of the summer programme.

An enthusiastic group of young people have decided to make their summer productive and fun filled.

We are hoping that it will be a great opportunity for them to develop their communication skills and gain confidence before starting college.

For more information about asphaleia training in Uxbridge, please call us on 01895 272 478.

Young people celebrate Eid!!

August 12th, 2016

Eid is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, the holiday celebrates the conclusion of the 29 or 30 days of dawn to sunset fasting. The celebrations involve a range of traditions, generally including a gathering of family and friends to eat and pray together.

This year Eid fell on the 6th July, in Sussex we talked to our young people who celebrated Eid in many different ways:

M, told us: ‘I travelled to Brighton early on the Wednesday morning to my Mosque with a big group of my friends, together we prayed and then later a big group of us gathered together  in a local park and we all celebrated. We took barbeques and food that we had prepared at home and cooked a big feast that lasted all day.’

JB told us: ‘I had been preparing food days before Eid so that I knew I had enough food for the celebrations. My children and I woke up early and we all went down to the Mosque to pray. Later on a group of us went to my friends house and we all took our food and ate together in celebrations of our achievements.’

A told us: ‘I like to pray at home where it is quiet- later on I went down to the Mosque and joined in the celebrations with the rest of the community’.

JR told us ‘I’m lucky enough to live near to my brother, Eid is a special celebration and I was pleased that I could spend it with him’.

For more information about asphaleia care in West Sussex, please call us on 01903 522 966

Aiming High!

August 12th, 2016

The Friday session explored the ‘idea of my dream job’ through the medium of art.

The aim of the session was also to make them understand that living on their own in a new country, brings with it lots of challenges which they need to deal with over time in different ways.

The teacher started the session brainstorming the different jobs that the young people aspire to do in the future. There were lots of interesting responses like-’I want to be a politician, a businessman, a doctor, a secretary and a footballer!!! This was followed by a discussion about the challenges they might face living on their own in a new country and the support they may require from different people.

The learners expressed their ideas though a balloon where the top of the balloon represented their dream job, the middle part outlined the help they would require to achieve their dream and the bottom represented the problems that may hinder their progress.

It was a fun session as the learners enjoyed listening to each other and for that moment each of them felt happy talking about their dreams. The opportunity they got to talk about their dreams, made them very happy and proud!!

We wish all their dreams come true!!

For more information about asphaleia training in Uxbridge, please call us on 01895 272 478

Proud of our learners!

August 5th, 2016

As another year comes to a close we are proud of what our learners have achieved.

Some of them attained Functional Skills qualifications in English and Maths.

It was an overwhelming feeling for some of them as it was their first academic certificate.

We wish them all the very best for their future and hope they have a fulfilling year in college.

For more information about asphaleia training in Uxbridge, please call us on 01895 272 478.

Learner of the Month June!

July 27th, 2016

Learner of the month goes to to…. Usman Muhamad.

Usman is a learner at our Kent leaning centre.

Usman’s confidence at speaking English since joining asphaleia has improved greatly and he is not afraid to try.

Usman has had great attendance and always comes to class with everything he needs ready to learn. Usman has made lots of friends and he has great respect for his peers and staff at asphaleia.

Usman is a pleasure to teach.

Usman has just completed his Entry 1 English exam and he has been accepted into college for September!

Well done Usman and good luck for the future!

For more information about asphaleia training in Kent, please call us on 01622 690 857.