New year, new you: More than 300 adult learning courses available across Northumberland

Northumberland’s new adult learning prospectus has just been published, providing hundreds of opportunities to gain new skills at centres across the county.

Sunday, 12th January 2020, 4:45 pm
Coun Wayne Daley, deputy leader and cabinet member with responsibility for adult learning and Cath McEvoy-Carr, executive director of adult social care and children's services at Northumberland County Council, launching the new adult learning prospectus.

Adults are being offered the chance to improve their job prospects or train in a new discipline, while a series of new courses have been included this year covering skills based classes, job-related training, apprenticeships and employability improvement.

The prospectus includes details of over 300 courses which will be held at Northumberland County Council's 11 adult learning centres.

Coun Wayne Daley, cabinet member with responsibility for adult learning, said: “In 2019 our Learning and Skills service helped thousands of people onto adult learning courses, apprenticeships and into work, and this year we want to help even more.

“This prospectus has a strong focus on skills for work, with many of the courses designed to prepare people for the job opportunities within Northumberland.

“Similarly we’ve not forgotten people’s passion for learning for leisure and pleasure so there are new opportunities to get involved in developing your talents.

“I urge people to take a look, to see if there is a course that will help them to improve their future job prospects - or simply to enjoy learning a new skill. Learning is a life-long journey.”

The spring prospectus includes a range of free short courses including in digital skills, English and maths and also personal skills that will help people get ready for the world of work.

Specialist courses can prepare people for working in education, health and care; hairdressing and beauty; catering; and construction and engineering.

As well as employability and education, health and care courses, it includes arts and leisure activities from drawing to dressmaking, and an extensive programme of languages, including Italian, Japanese, Latin and Russian!

The specialist teams at the council’s learning and skills service offer help and support to all residents and aim to keep courses free or low cost wherever possible. There are a range of options to make studying affordable, such as bursary funds and flexible payments.

To enrol ring 0345 600 6400 or to download a copy of the prospectus visit