Courses in Copeland

Courses in Copeland

Welcome to the Adult Learning - Copeland webpage. Here you'll find all the information about our upcoming courses and workshops, meet the team, as well as the chance to subscribe to receive our latest news. 

We have a wide range of courses to offer from English and Maths, Digital Skills, Employability, ESOL, Family Learning, Health and Wellbeing, Languages and even Arts and Craft! We also offer a range of workshops, a perfect opportunity to try out one of our sessions. 

The Adult Learning Copeland Team covers the whole of Copeland, from Whitehaven to Millom and as far out as Broughton-in-Furness. We pride ourselves in our face to face provision delivered within the Copeland communities, but we also deliver courses and workshops online which you can join from the comfort of your own home.  We really do have something for everyone. 

I hope you find your next learning opportunity whilst visiting our website. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our friendly team.

I hope to see you soon. 

Liam Darby

Adult Learning Manager (Copeland)

Meet the Team

Adult Learning Manager

I started off working for the service back in 2013, having achieved my A Level qualifications. I was fortunate in gaining an Intermediate Business and Administration Apprenticeship working within the services Direct Delivery Team.

I then progressed into an Advanced Business and Administration Apprenticeship, which provided great opportunities to understand the operations of the service and ultimately lead me into a full-time post as the Allerdale Business Support Officer back in 2016. During the last five years, I have worked across the service and gained my Level 3 Education and Training Award. I've also completed a Higher Level 4 Associate Project Manager Apprenticeship, which has provided me with the transferable skills and knowledge required to carry out my role as the Adult Learning Manager for Copeland. Since commencing the role in August 2020, it has proven to be a great development opportunity and a next step in my professional career.

Without these opportunities to learn and progress, I wouldn't be in the position I am today. My story is a great example of how, through hard work and a commitment, you can be you want to be! 

I truly believe every day is a new opportunity to learn something new. You never know where one of our opportunities to learn may take you.

Community Development Worker

I have worked the service for the past ten years, originally starting as a tutor and then for the past 8 years as the Community Development Worker for Copeland. I am very passionate about my role and absolutely believe that learning and education should be accessible to all.  I think that education above all else can make a real difference to people's lives. The favourite parts of my role are meeting new learners and talking about the great courses we have on offer and developing relationships with other organisations.

Business Support Officer (Copeland)

My name is Emma. I love my job and being part of the Copeland team. It's very rewarding when people reach their educational goals with us, and results day is especially exciting!

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Arts and Craft Tutor

I am Alan. My first experience of art, at the age of four, was to paint portraits of Captain Scott and Lord Nelson who appeared on the back of cornflake boxes. At six I was using perspective to draw the cornflake boxes themselves, helped by my father who also drew when he was young. 

My time as a teenager was spent drawing out of doors with the local farmland around Aspatria where I grew up. I have worked for many years in graphic design, following a HND course in the subject at Newcastle College of Arts and Technology. This course was the platform upon which the rest of my experience is built. 

I have benefited from years of open air painting (En plein air painting), carried out (from the saddlebags of a bicycle), around Isel Hall and the River Derwent, culminating in an article for Cumbria Life Magazine. More recently, in March 2018, I was asked to paint a view of Maryport harbour from the same spot as the artist Percy Kelly painted for the BBC programme Countryfile, whilst discussing the work of this artist at the same time. Although brief - it was the ultimate tutoring experience.

"I have worked in adult education for 6 years now, primarily in Functional / GCSE maths and employability. 

I have a Physics and Computing degree and worked in an industrial research laboratory for 10 years and a research department at a London university for further 6 years. I went on to start a technical services company providing support to oil, gas, nuclear contractors which has been trading for 25 years. My practical use of mathematics allows me to bring an enthusiasm for the subject that I find gives a helpful perspective for learners."

Contemporary Art and Crafts Tutor

My name is Charlotte Nicholson and I teach Arts and Crafts in Copeland focusing on processes that involve colour and painting techniques. I've recently joined the Service as a tutor, and I graduated from Leeds Arts University in 2020. Completing my Textile Design course taught me lots about painting and print-making techniques that I would like to teach you. My courses allow people to develop their creativity and learn new artistic skills. If this sounds like something you're interested in why not take a look at the courses I'm teaching on the website.

Hi, my name is Colin. After working in the insurance industry for 11 years I retrained as a teacher in Primary Education in 2010. After spending a year as a supply teacher across Greater Manchester, I decided to emigrate further north and move to Cumbria.  My first classroom teaching post was in a primary school in Whitehaven.  I've worked in primary, secondary and SEN schools across Cumbria as a supply teacher, cover supervisor and teaching assistant.  I later worked as a Market Intelligence Analyst at a local college and then as a Maths and English curriculum team leader and Hub Manager in a prison.  I now work as an Adult Learning Tutor, delivering Functional Skills English, GCSE English and various digital skills programmes across Allerdale and Copeland.  I enjoy working with adults from all backgrounds and try to keep my lessons informal, fun and somewhere people want to come and learn.

Photography Tutor

Dave has been taking photographs since the age of 6 and has worked commercially since 1999.  Mostly self-taught Dave has a wealth of freelance and wedding photography experience and an understanding of practical photography.

Maths Tutor

I am Donald Williamson and I teach Maths here in Copeland and in Carlisle.  I've worked for the service for 10 years now.  For most of my adult life I was based in London, teaching in schools in the heart of the old East End for more than 10 years, but moved back to Whitehaven 13 years ago.  What interests me?  What makes me get up in the morning?  It's knowing that what I do makes a real difference to people's lives and opens up opportunities for them to grow as individuals.  Why is that important for me?  I am only where I am today through the many individuals who have supported me over the years, giving me a helping hand up when I needed it most and encouraging me to keep on reaching for new goals in life.  Learning is a life-long process!

ESOL Tutor

I am a qualified teacher with a degree in English Language and Literature (BA Hons). I am a TEFL qualified teacher with experience of working for a number of years in a language school and for a private tuition company.

English Tutor and Adult Learning ESOL Advanced Practitioner

Francesca studied at the University of Cumbria and gained her BA Hons in education in 2011. Her specialism is English.  Prior to her degree Francesca been an educator since 2002 teaching adults and young learners. She works hard to create learning that motivates and engages learners to reach their full potential.

Maths Tutor

The tutor Guido Endlein has a degree in Architecture & Construction. He has lived and worked in England for the past 15 years as a teacher of Mathematics having completed a PGCSE and a Secondary Maths teaching qualification at level 6. Guido has taught GCSE and Functional Maths for Adults for the past 8 years achieving excellent results for his students.

Digital Skills Tutor

Jennifer has delivered many IT courses over the last 18 years including Beginners/Basic IT, NVQ level II, ECDL and ITQ level 1 and 2. Jennifer has attained Microsoft Expert Status in the Office Suite. Her courses are a great learning experience but also enjoyable.

Employability, English and Family Learning Tutor

Joanna has been teaching in Primary Schools in Cumbria for 7 years, prior to that she was a Retail Manager for two of the biggest retail chains in the UK. She started working for the service in 2017. She uses her previous retail experience in her Employability courses to aid learning and understanding for the learners. Also uses her teaching experience and knowledge in her Family learning courses to make them fun and informative. She is a people person who aims to make learning inspiring and fun for all.

I am Mary Burrough and have been an Adult Learning tutor for over twenty years. I am currently delivering a range of community-based art courses in Copeland; Pottery at Florence Arts centre, Drawing and painting with Age UK and Art for Women Out West.

Maths Tutor

Hi, my name is Rachel Ward. I teach Mathematics in both Copeland and Allerdale and have worked for the service since 2010. When I left school I was not sure what I wanted to do, so I tried my hand at a variety of jobs before settling down to train as a teacher. Since then I have spent fifteen years teaching in primary and secondary schools in West Cumbria. I believe that everyone has the ability to gain a Maths qualification, we just need to unlock the mathematician hidden inside. So if you need a Maths qualification to get your dream job, or want to be able to help your children with their homework, get in touch and we can work together to make it possible.

English and Maths Tutor

Hello, my name is Sara Barnes and I teach English and maths skills here in Copeland. I started as a teacher of Geography in local schools in Cumbria over 40 years ago but moved into teaching IT to adults when my children started school. Most of the questions I was asked on the IT courses were related to English and maths such as 'how do I write a letter?' or 'how do I do percentages?' So I retrained and have now taught English & maths to adults for over 15 years! I hope my work makes a difference to my learners as English and maths are so important in everything we do in life, simply being able to have a chat with someone is an English skill to be developed and can be very useful in a variety of work situations.


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Adult Learning - Copeland
Cumbria County Council
Whitehaven Library
Lowther Street
CA28 7QZ