As the kids get ready to head back in, we take a look at adult workshops and classes around Manchester that can teach useful new skills to fill your time.
Everyone wants to learn a new skill but how many of us have actually done it? Manchester has a wealth of opportunities for adults to pick up any number of new skills or crafts. Below, we take a look at our selection of the best ones.
Craft Classes | Various Locations Prices vary
Let’s start with the fun stuff! At Class Bento you can find all kinds of crafting workshops around Manchester to take part in. For instance, there’s Sip and Paint classes where you learn how to paint while indulging in some wine – kind of like Picasso with prosecco – and food classes ranging from Indian street food to middle eastern cooking, making pasta, and fine dining. Other crafts include pottery, dressmaking, and furniture upcycling.
Photography | Manchester School of Photography | From £125
Brush up on your photography skills with a range of workshops by Manchester School of Photography. Whether you’re looking to take photography up as a hobby or hoping to bring in some money with a side-gig, you can participate in workshops covering wedding, landscape, food, fashion, and night photography, along with photoshop skills so you can put all your photos together as a spectacular montage.
Adult Education Courses | Manchester Adult Education | Prices vary
Whether you’re looking for a new qualification or catching-up on something you missed at school, Manchester Adult Education offers courses in a range of subjects to help
you progress. Timings are flexible, with daytime and evening classes with one or two sessions a week. The classes are small in order to allow tutors to focus on each individual student.
There are also courses available to help you to join the digital world. As well as digital beginners and essentials courses, they also do one focusing on Microsoft applications such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and will show you how to do online meetings via Teams. There’s even a class to help people to access their health records online and request repeat prescriptions.
Digital Skills | Yes Manchester | Free
If you’ve ever dreamed of branching out into game development or programming, Yes Manchester runs several free courses for those on low incomes. These include customer service, business administration, construction, and a Digital Skills Bootcamp which starts this month. Skills taught include games development, cyber security and cloud technologies leading to professional qualifications.
Modern Foreign Languages University of Manchester | £600
Language learning is one of the most popular aspirations people make each year. Luckily for Mancunians the University of Manchester’s Language Centre runs a course called Language Experience for All Programmes (LEAP) which is open to members of the public so you can learn a language from scratch. Most of the courses start in late September and run through to the following May – around 23 weeks – and consist of three teaching hours a week. Languages include Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Turkish and Urdu. They also run a course for British Sign language.