Seevic Principal aims to increase access to lifelong learning in Castle Point

Friday, 13 June 2014

Nick Spenceley in the Hub at Seevic CollegeSeevic College Principal, Nick Spenceley, wants to increase access to lifelong learning for adults in Castle Point after national research indicated that the Borough has the lowest proportion of adults with a Higher Education qualification in the South East.

According to data published by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) in 2013, just 12.8% of residents in Castle Point are qualified at a higher level – compared to a national average of 34.2%.

Seevic College, located in Runnymede Chase, Benfleet, offers a wide and varied range of lifelong learning opportunities for adults – from community-based learning through to Higher Education programmes of study. 

Adult Learners’ Week, a national celebration of lifelong learning, takes place from 14-20 June and Mr Spenceley hopes this will help increased awareness of the lifelong learning opportunities offered by the College and other providers in the area.

To this end, Seevic College will be hosting an Adult & Higher Education Open Evening on Tuesday 17 June 2014, 5.30 – 8pm.

Mr Spenceley said: “I’m very keen to work with our local communities to increase access to lifelong learning. Whether an individual is looking to re-train, get ahead in their career or pursue learning as a hobby, there are a wide range of fantastic opportunities out there to be discovered. I sincerely hope that visiting our Adult & Higher Education Open Evening on Tuesday 17 June will mark the start of an exciting journey for many local people.”            

Visitors to the Adult & Higher Education Open Evening will be able to find out about Adult & Higher Education courses offered by Seevic College, discuss their options with a Careers Advisor, meet College Tutors and apply for courses running in the 2014-15 academic year. Visitors will also be able to find out about the variety of funding options available to adult learners, which include 24+ Advanced Learning Loans.

Individuals aged 24 who are studying a Level 3 or Level 4 qualification may qualify for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan in order to pay all or part of their course fees. Since being launched in August 2013, over 60,000 adults in England have successfully applied for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan

There will also be a number of free Adult Community Learning events held at Seevic’s Billericay Campus, with free return transport available from the Benfleet Campus, covering a range of stress management techniques. If you're interested in history, the College will also be offering free sessions in British Archaeology and Classical Civilisation on the first two Tuesday evenings in July.   

Echo - Wednesday 11 June 2014Seevic College offers courses for adults including Access to Higher Education, Accounting (AAT and Sage), Beauty Therapy, Childcare, Leadership & Management (ILM), Personal Training, Sports Massage and Teacher Training.

The College also offers Higher Education courses in Art & Design, Business, Early Years and Sport & Exercise Science.

In 2012-13 students studying a Higher Education courses at Seevic College provided the College with a 96% satisfaction rating on, the government’s official website for satisfaction data on courses at universities and colleges.

For further information please call 01268 756 111 or email


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