Mr Newhowe is now in the ‘know how’, thanks to an adult education course run by Halton Borough Council.

Halton resident James Newhowe, aged 68, left school at 15-years-old, with no qualifications, to join the Navy so this IT qualification is the first certificate he has ever received !

The seaman has a real thirst for knowledge and cannot wait to set sail on to his next IT course in April.

James said “It’s nice to have an achievement even at my age. Dee is a brilliant Tutor, she doesn’t get annoyed at me asking questions – she is so patient, I wouldn’t change her for anyone!

Courses available:

Maths and English (study towards a recognised City & Guilds Functional Skills qualification)
IT – computer courses from Entry Level up to Level 2
Employability – including sector specific Halton Employment Partnership courses
Sewing – from Basic Sewing to Pattern Cutting
Art – exploring mixed media – learn to paint and draw using acrylics and watercolours
Wellbeing – Improve your confidence, managing stress, creative relaxation and keeping active and healthy
Childcare courses, from Caring for Children to Supporting Teaching and Learning
As if that wasn’t enough, Halton Borough Council also runs courses in local children’s centres and schools – these courses change termly so get in touch to find out more!

Steph Bartlett, Head of Curriculum for Adult Learning at Halton Borough Council, said : “I’m really pleased to see that after so many years serving our country, James has chosen to learn with Halton Adult Learning and that he’s continuing his learning journey with them – well done James!”

To enrol on any of these courses, come along to their enrolment days:

Monday 15 April, 10.30am – 5.30pm at Acorn Learning Centre, Castlefields, Runcorn
Tuesday 16 April, 10.30am – 5.30pm at Kingsway learning Centre, Widnes
If anyone wants to find out more information, there’s lots of ways to do this:

Give them a call on 0151 511 7788
Drop them an email at
Check out their Facebook page,
Visit their Website at
Call in to Room 18 at Kingsway Learning Centre or visit Acorn reception