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Skills for Life & Work


How to join a course

Find out how to join one of our courses. Our courses are very popular, and we cannot guarantee a place for everybody.

Language exchange

ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

Our ESOL classes take place at Idea Stores across the borough in Tower Hamlets from Pre-Entry to Level 1. Courses are normally 10-12 weeks long, with three terms over the year.

Maths formulas

English and Maths

Our English and Maths courses will support you to improve your reading, writing, and numeracy skills. 

Man in workshop


Idea Store Learning work with partners across the borough, including with WorkPath, to deliver a range of Employability programmes that will support your path to employment. 

IT courses

Digital Skills and ICT

We offer a range of courses to help you get started in ICT and improve your digital skills.

Sign language

British Sign Language and Interpreting

Learn to communicate using British Sign Language (BSL) on a range of topics using simple everyday language.


Meet the Team

Meet the wonderful Skills for Life and Work team.

Learning resources

Learning resources

Did you know that if you are a member of Idea Store, you can borrow 12 books as well as download for free magazines and books? 

Idea Store Learning IT course

Celebrating learning

Learners can take part in many other activities whilst on our adult education courses. Have a look to see what our learners have been doing.