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Free higher education courses on offer to lone parents through Glyndŵr University

Lone parents are to be given a free two week higher education course to help them find work.

They will be given courses to develop ‘soft’ skills such as budgeting and searching for and applying for jobs, along with taster sessions in specific subjects, including animal science and nursing.

The courses start on Monday 19 April at locations across Wrexham and Flintshire and will be run by academics from Glyndŵr University, Yale College and Deeside College. Funding for the project has been provided by Reaching Higher, Reaching Wider, a Wales-wide scheme to widen access to higher education.

A spokesperson for Glyndŵr University, which is coordinating the initiative, said: “We want lone parents to find out if University is for them and the best way to do this is to come on campus, experience a university atmosphere and start to see the benefits of returning to education.

“The university is pleased to be able to support Step Out and to spread its expertise for the benefit of people in Wrexham and Flintshire.”

Research has shown that children whose own parents attended university are more likely to go on and study higher education than those of non-university educated parents.

Step Out courses will be delivered between 10am and 2pm, from Monday 19 April, at Glyndŵr University’s Wrexham campus and Deeside College, Flintshire. For more information contact Jobcentre Plus on 01978 368227 or 368234 (Wrexham), 01352 894464 or 894467 (Flintshire).

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