Would YOU like to be part of our next term’s ‘Learning at the Mill’ programme? We’re looking for qualified or experienced tutors, ideally with an adult teaching qualification or at minimum with experience in working in adult learning.

We’ve had around 50 people on our 4 week taster courses so far and they’re going well (see this video for excited people talking about Alex Brett’s Bicycle Maintenance course after the first day).   Still to come – Video for Business and Carbon Conversations starting Thursday evening 12th October, Amateur Photography starting on 28 October, a one day course to learn to cook Colombian Street Food also on 28th October, and Brazilian Portuguese, Creative Film Making and Bike Maintenance (Improvers) starting in early November.  See www.haltonmill.org.uk/learning-at-the-mill for more details, and to book and pay. We are planning to run another series of 4 week taster courses between February and June 2018, mainly on Saturday morning and afternoons, but also midweek daytime and evenings.

We’d be interested in hearing from you if you’d like to run classes in one or more of the following topics – but please also get in touch if you have a subject to offer that isn’t on the list that you think might be of interest to local people.

Suggested topics for ‘Learning at the Mill Spring/Summer 2018 (nb this list is not exclusive)

  • European and ‘long-haul’ holiday languages
  • Bike maintenance
  • Growing vegetables
  • UK colonial history
  • Intro to economics
  • Woodwork
  • Drumming
  • Singing for the terrified
  • Harmony singing
  • Computing for the terrified
  • Accounting for small businesses
  • Interior design
  • Alternative Energy
  • Jewellery making
  • Some aspect of “Eng. Lit” (eg intro to novels by local writers?)
  • Family History
  • Aromatherapy massage

Deadline for applications extended to midnight on Tuesday 24 October.

To apply, please send a cv including the names of two referees, a letter of application saying why you’d be interested in the Learning at the Mill programme and what course(s) you’d like to offer, and an outline of a 4 week course in your chosen subject/s. (You can offer more than one subject).  We will invite all applicants to a group interview where there will be an opportunity to do a group microteaching session.  In your application please let us know which of the following times you can make (if any):

  • Weds 25th October, 2 p.m. to 3.30 p.m
  • Fri 27th October 10 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.

For further information (or if you’d like to be part of the programme but can’t make any of these times) please contact Fiona Frank, greenelephantcoop@gmail.com or tel 07582 789406

The small print

If we choose your course to be part of our programme, we will pay £20 per hour contact time for the duration of the course, as long as the class has recruited 6 paying students by the first session. If it recruits less than that, we will pay you for delivering the first session, then refund the remaining proportion of the fees to any paying students.   If at the end of the four weeks, you have six students who wish to continue with the class, we can work with you to make arrangements for this to happen (there may have to be changes to rooms or times).

We can only offer 10-12 courses in our main programme, but we may offer you the opportunity of being included in our timetable of courses without the guaranteed payment for the first day of the course if it doesn’t recruit.

In either case, we would ask the tutors to support us in marketing their course (and the whole programme!)

Like this term, we will promote the courses in a colour brochure distributed throughout Halton village, neighbouring villages and in Lancaster and Morecambe, and through social media and in the press. Each course will run for 2 hours and will cost £40.00 (unwaged and children 16 or under, accompanied by a parent or guardian, £20).