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Brief description

A beginners course to build confidence and techniques for various DIY tasks. Tasks that may be covered are; tiling, shelving and finishes, skirting boards, fixing things to walls, decorating skills.

Course Outline

Who is the course aimed at?

  • People wanting to learn basic home maintenance skills
  • Unemployed people (adults 19+)*
  • People with key and basic skills needs: literacy, numeracy, language and IT.
  • People who are underrepresented in educational opportunities, including black and minority ethnic groups, disabled people, lone parents & older adults (60+).
  • People in low paid and unskilled work, part time and temporary workers.

Course description in brief

A home maintenance course accessible to learners with no previous knowledge and with differing support needs. To provide the opportunity to build up confidence and skills in this area. To facilitate practical sessions: learning by doing. To enable students to learn the safe use of a range of tools and equipment.

By the end of the course I will have learned:

    • Built up my knowledge of tool use
    • Gained confidence and skills for working on maintenance jobs round the home
    • Learnt about specific safety issues to do with electrics, gas and water supplies
    • Worked with a range of different building materials, and developed an understanding of their uses
    • Been made aware of the health and safety issues surrounding the use of the workshop and the hand and electrical tools within it

Do I need any skills, experience or qualifications before I join the course?

  • No. The course is aimed at learners with no, or little previous experience in this area.

What equipment will I need for the course?

  • Appropriate clothing and footwear should be worn

What activities will I take part in and how will my course be structured?

The course is three terms long with a different focus each term.

Basic Household Repairs And Safety

  • Electrics
  • Gas
  • Plumbing
  • Wall Fixings
  • Door Locks, latches and handles

Home Improvements.

  • Tiling
  • Shelving and finishes
  • Dado Rails and Skirting Boards
  • Fixing things to walls
  • Decorating Skills

Basic Woodwork

Woodwork project – Making something out of wood to take away which will use simple woodwork joints and give you practise with measuring, marking out, sawing, chiselling, etc. You will learn correct tool use. You will be able to apply these skills to all sorts of jobs around the home.

What will be expected of me in terms of personal or time commitment?

  • Attend each session and be on time.
  • An interest in practical work
  • Occasionally there is homework which involves checking something at home in time for the next week’s session. For example: to find out where the water mains is in your own home and to see if it works.
  • A commitment to work with other students with a supportive and non-judgemental attitude

How will my learning be assessed and reviewed?

  • Informal assessment by the tutor
  • Opportunities will be given to practise work until you feel confident with the subject.

What could I go on to do after I have finished the course?

  • You could go on to various other practical based courses at Swarthmore or other centres.

How will I say what I think about the course?

  • There will be opportunities to discuss learning needs with the tutor.
  • Feedback forms are distributed at the end of each term and encouragement is given to learners to give any feedback that they wish.
  • The programme manager can be accessed to discuss any problems at any time during the course, by appointment.
  • The tutor will make every learner aware of how to contact who at the beginning of each term, and all learners will be issued with a handbook giving full details of this.

Available timetables for this course

Please make a note of the course Ref for the course you are interested in.

Course Ref Hours per week Days(s) Time Course Dates Costs
L570a 2 Thursday 10am – 12pm 11 Oct to 6 Dec 2018 (10 weeks) Full rate £66.00; R rate £22.00; A rate £6.00 (funder_code:L)
L570b 2 Thursday 10am – 12pm 10 Jan to 21 Mar 2019 (10 weeks) Full rate £70.00; R rate £26.00; A rate £10.00 (funder_code:L)

Course Funding

Swarthmore provides a variety of courses some of which are subsidised by public funding.

Courses with course codes pre-fixed by a letter ‘F’, ‘L’ or ‘N’ are subsidised and have age restrictions.

  • ‘F’: courses are accredited and are funded by the ‘Skills Funding Agency’ for those aged 16 and over.
  • ‘L’ & ‘N’ courses for those aged 19 and over.
  • ‘L’ courses are supported by Leeds City Council for Leeds Metropolitan area residents, priority given to those living in disadvantaged areas, people not in employment and/or in receipt of benefits, those with low skills, no qualifications, disadvantaged groups or individuals with specific needs e.g. lone parents, BAME groups, adults with LDD.

For information funding and eligibility see the ‘costs’ page.

Unless stated otherwise - all courses take place at Swarthmore Education Centre Leeds

What next?

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