Our Story

Work Skills Learning was established in 2005. We teach children, young people and adult students in different settings. We enable them to develop new skills and achieve qualifications to secure their entry into the world of work. At Work Skills Learning all learners are valued as individuals, and we use innovative ideas and practices to maximise their potential.

 

Children & Young People Aged 16 – 25: Work Skills Learning provides a range of educational opportunities for children and young people facing barriers to their education. Our provisions are co-educational and cater for those who may have special educational needs associated with communication and interaction, cognition and learning, and/or social, emotional and mental health difficulties.

 

Adult Learners: Work Skills Learning offers a variety of accredited courses for those looking to gain recognised skills qualifications acquired whilst working in their sector or for those just starting out on a new path. All courses aim to boost the confidence and improve the skills of course participants. Work Skills Learning works with a variety of partners on multiple sites across London.

Our Past

Work Skills Learning was founded in 2005 by Dayo Adeagbo. From 2000-2005 Dayo was the Head of Education at Feltham Young Offenders, responsible for providing education for children aged 11-17 and 18-21. In 2006 Work Skills Learning started providing academic and vocational courses for children and young adults. 
 
Another major development was our partnership with Hackney Learning Trust and The Urswick School, which continues to the present day, where we teach adult classes on Saturday mornings. Work Skills Learning has delivered a wide range of courses, to communities across Hackney. One of the most significant developments has been our work to train teaching assistants. 

Our Present

We have extended our work with Local Authorities with the aim of helping as many children and young people as possible. We work closely with each child to ensure that they can play a full part in society and to give them the additional skills to move forward with their lives.

We have facilities to deliver a wide curriculum from Entry Level to GCSE and beyond, as well as accredited skills-based courses, including an Arts & Crafts facility, music, design and ICT, all designed to give our students the best possible chance in gaining new qualifications.

We are in our 10th year of delivering adult courses for individuals who wish to establish a career as a teaching assistant. This is offered to all schools, which enables us to train those who are already in the workforce, helping them to achieve career progression, using our specialism in SEN to support their learning.  We have outstanding specialists who deliver the course with us. To date we have taught over 600 students, many of whom are now working in schools across London. This has been life changing for many of those who have studied with us.

Dayo Adeagbo

Dayo Adeagbo

Director

Dayo has a varied background in education, including Feltham YOI, where he was Head of Education. Dayo has been an Ofsted inspector, visiting lecturer and university examiner and was a consultant to colleges. He is firmly committed to inclusion and has an MA in Inclusive Education. Dayo strongly believes in the power of education and work skills to change lives. He is passionate about the possibilities of positive change in the lives of all people and this is what has driven his initiatives in Work Skills Learning. He is a keen table tennis player and will do his utmost to play and win.

Nickie Evans

Nickie Evans

Business Manager

 

Nickie has several years’ experience writing for a baby and parenting magazine as well as over 15 years PA / Secretarial experience. The position of Business Manager was a great next step from the PA background and with her dealings with the parenting and family industry, brings additional knowledge and insight to this role. The role of Business Manager takes into consideration each and every student as well as each member of staff and is one that Nickie very much enjoys. Nickie is a mum to two girls aged 4 and 14 and loves to write and publish articles in her free time.

Jacqui Russell-Thompson

Jacqui Russell-Thompson

Deputy Centre Manager

Jacqui holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Westminster.  She has an excellent theoretical understanding of the human learning process, from both the behavioural and cognitive perspective. Jacqui has worked numerous years within Work Skills Education and has helped co-ordinate and develop the vision and values of the Centre. She has worked closely with students who have special educational needs and is passionate about teaching and learning for educational success.

Andy Miklusiak

Andy Miklusiak

Centre Manager

 Andy holds a Master’s Degree in Education in Technology and Informatics majoring in engineering. He also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Banking majoring in economics and finance.  Andy’s studies and experiences in both education and construction sector provide quality opportunities for young people to access real life skills.  Andy is passionate about creating an educational environment in which all students are able to thrive.  In addition to his commitment to Work Skills Learning, Andy is also the Managing Director of his own building firm Interskills Solutions, a family owned business with over 15 years of experience, bringing a wealth of experience with him to Work Skills Learning. Andy also been a pro volleyball player and has competed in National tournaments. In his free time Andy enjoys participating in sport activities. “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” Aristotles

Helen Jackson

Helen Jackson

Director of Education

 

Helen has worked in Special Educational Needs for over 20 years. She was a SENCO in a large secondary school in London, has managed an independent special needs organisation and been the head-teacher of an independent special school. Like Dayo, she is committed to inclusion and also completed an MA in Inclusive Education. Helen believes education can be a life changing activity and is proud of her students’ achievements. She has undertaken training for SENCOs as well as for teachers and TAs.