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FREE English, maths and employability lessons at AWE Waltham Abbey – For young people aged 15+ and living in Essex and are Home Educated.


This programme is fully funded through EM Skills (a specialist English and maths training provider) by the European Social Fund. This is a rolling programme running over a 13-week period.

Exciting opportunity!

Limited Places Available

There will be FREE Functional Skills English, Functional Skills maths, Customer Services, Certificate in Personal Development and Employability Skills as well as the opportunity to gain skills in a vocational area at AWE Waltham Abbey starting January 2018.

I have been able to form a partnership with EM Skills to enable AWE to run a 13-week rolling programme at the AWE Home Ed Club in Waltham Abbey. This opportunity gives young people the opportunity to gain qualifications and skills for free. The English and maths qualifications are tailored to suit each individual learning ability, level and style of learning.

At the end of the 13 weeks, each young person will have the opportunity to achieve recognised qualifications. The qualifications are recognised as being equivalent to a GCSE. Please see HERE for more information.

These qualifications are recognised by colleges and employers and can be used to gain entry to subsequent courses or apprenticeships. They can use this as a standalone qualification or as a stepping stone to further their knowledge or to go on to GCSE/IGCSE study.

The young person will need to attend AWE Club Waltham Abbey every Monday, Tuesday and Friday for the full 13 weeks from 9.30 to 3/3.30pm.

Teachers are skilled specialists in supplying these qualifications with years of experience. This Fully Funded Free programme is open to all Home Educated young people age 15+ and living in the Essex area, including those with special needs.

Laptops and resources will be provided for use in the classroom for the duration of the classes and programme.

Each young person will complete an assessment in English and maths at the start of the programme, this is for us to tailor a unique programme giving them the opportunity to work towards qualifications at their own personal level.


If you would like to reserve a place and find out more, please complete the short form below.


Specific Requirements:

  • Young person must be aged 15 to 18 years
  • They must have an Essex address for delivery of documents and certificates
  • You must commit to the full 13 weeks attending 3 days a week (Monday, Tuesday and Friday)
  • There will be a fully refundable deposit to cover exam registrations and administration that will be returned to you when the young person has completed the course
  • All young people that participate must prove their progression or complete a minimum of a week’s volunteering role within four weeks of the end of the programme