What is REACH?

REACH is a project funded by the Welsh Government that is aimed to serve everyone in Cardiff wanting to learn ESOL.

REACH is a project funded by the Welsh Government that is aimed to serve everyone in Cardiff wanting to learn ESOL. Through REACH learners will get access to provision and into education quicker.

REACH is based at Cardiff and Vale College, City Centre Campus, Dumball’s Rd, CF10 5FE located near the City Centre and is open from 9:30am till 3:30pm. It is the first stop for ESOL learners in Cardiff because it works with all the ESOL providers. REACH keeps a central database for learner and provider information. To access ESOL courses through REACH, learners must (consent) agree to their information being shared with our providers.

Why use REACH?

The benefit of using REACH is that we work with all ESOL providers in Cardiff (under one umbrella) therefore making it easier for learners to find a course. We will reduce waiting times, because our processes allow easy steps to registration, assessment and referral onto appropriate level. We will also look at learners’ requirements (i.e. length and time of course, facilities) and aim to fulfil them. And once you are on the right course we will be track your progress and be part of your learning journey.

Drop-in Service

Reach provides a daily  “drop in service”

The hours are as follows:

Monday         9.30am-3.30pm

Tuesday        9.30am-3.30pm

Wednesday      9.30am-3.30pm

Thursday       9.30am-3.30pm

Friday         12.30pm -3.30pm

Where will I study?

Our providers are located in various locations within Cardiff where they run different courses to suit learners’ needs and lifestyle. Such as; short and long courses, full-time, part-time, morning, daytime and evening courses. Using our latest mapping system, REACH will aim to find you your nearest appropriate provider, however, it will depend on the availability of the course and being able to meet your ESOL needs.

What facilities are available for me?

REACH understands the impact facilities can play in improving learning for students. Our providers have accessible facilities such as: disability access, crèche, cafe, libraries, computer access, quiet/prayer rooms…. Learners can also tell us what facilities they require, because it is very important for us to create a comfortable learning environment for our learners.

What happens after I finish my course?

REACH aims to support you in your future plans, if you choose to take your studies onto the next level we will inform you about progression opportunities. We also have links with the job centre which may help individuals looking to get into training and employment.

When can I start a class?

You can register your interest on our website through the booking bug or visit our office during the drop-in service times. REACH will book an assessment for you, and assessment dates are available on a weekly basis at City Centre Campus, Dumball’s Rd, Cardiff. Once we know your results, we will have a short discussion with you and then refer you to the correct provision to start your course.

Will I need to pay for courses?

All of the courses provided in the community are free, however there is an administration fee for courses in Cardiff and Vale College but that will depend on your status.

Where is REACH located?

REACH is based at Cardiff and Vale College, City Centre Campus, Dumball’s Rd, CF10 5FE located near the City Centre and is open from 9:30am till 3:30pm. It is the first stop for ESOL learners in Cardiff because it works with all the ESOL providers. REACH keeps a central database for learner and provider information. To access ESOL courses through REACH, learners must (consent) agree to their information being shared with our providers.

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