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Adult education choices

by Sarita Rao 3 min. 30.08.2020
You're never too old to learn something new, from sculpture to self-confidence skills, Spanish or solfège
Vegan and vegetarian Indian cookery classes with The Second Degree asbl Photo: LW archive
Vegan and vegetarian Indian cookery classes with The Second Degree asbl Photo: LW archive

Want to hone your work skills or take up a new hobby. There are numerous ways to retrain, gain skills, or try your hand at something new through lifelong learning and second degrees.

Covid-19 means that some courses will be available only in a digital format using online teaching to replace classroom teaching. Numbers will be severely restricted for in-person classes such as cookery or dance, and face-to-face classes may be postponed by organisers until deconfinement measures change. 

Lifelong-learning.lu

Pooling the resources of 258 training providers, lifelong-learning.lu gives everyone in Luxembourg the opportunity to improve their knowledge, skills, competencies and qualifications for personal or professional reasons.

The organisation's aims are to help people get new skills linked to their existing work; helping people to get back to work or young adults to transition from school to work; career development or training and qualifications for a new career. It also welcomes retired people looking to extend their skills in languages for example.

Courses, seminars and evening or day classes can be taken in a wide variety of subjects from agriculture, communications, craft and art, health, finance, law, languages, transport and construction, HR, mechanics, electrical engineering, science, social science and environment, professional development, ICT and telecommunications, security and project management.

Courses are available in English, French, German, Luxembourgish and Portuguese, and you can click on the language tab to find out which suppliers and courses are available to you. In addition lifelong-learning.lu offers "access diplomas" for those wishing to go on to university, and master craftsmanship certification.

The arts and crafts section includes courses on sculpture, painting, woodcarving, calligraphy and there are classes for piano, guitar, keyboard, singing and solfege.

Courses are offered locally in commune or school buildings and financial support is provided to individuals and companies.

Second Degree asbl

Created in 1998, Second Degree offers a wide range of courses for adults in English. Typically each course requires two hours per week for eight weeks and runs over three terms (September to December, January to March, and April to June), with classes held at St George's International School in Hamm or in the course-givers premises, for example, cookery classes.

Courses change from year to year but this September's list includes furniture upholstery, interior design, photography, Bollywood dancing, Indian vegetarian and vegan cookery, sculpture, mosaic, sewing, and oil painting. 

IT, banking, project management and law courses are certified at House of Training Photo:Chris Karaba
IT, banking, project management and law courses are certified at House of Training Photo:Chris Karaba

House of Training

Providing continuous vocational training for individuals, and certified courses in a number of fields including banking, finance, law, project management, IT and software, and marketing.

The House of Training also offers a number of professional development courses including participating in meetings, writing at work, or giving speeches. You can view the online calendar for upcoming courses and seminars.

Luxembourg Lifelong Learning Center

Run by the Chamber of Employees, the LLLC offers adult education in the form of evening classes, seminars, university courses and professional certifications, in a number of languages and locations across Luxembourg.

Courses include office tool fundamentals, self-confidence, and a plethora of courses related to specific professions such as finance, accounting or law. Seminars touch on topics including leadership and communication skills.

Language-learning

If  you're looking for language classes or cafes, your local commune is a good first port of call or this article lists language cafes (which may be running on a limited basis due to decofinement measures). This article lists all the education establishments and schools offering courses in Luxembourgish but many provide classes to learn other languages. 


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