Our Offer

Learn new skills and improve your employability with our variety of short courses and personalised support. Whether you want to get back into work or to progress your career, our work clubs and helpful advice sessions can help to get you where you want to be.

We’ll support you to get the qualifications you desire, or to update your skills and give you an edge to gain employment. We can also help you to develop an impressive CV and brush up on your interview techniques too.

Our Employability courses are free if you are unemployed or claiming any type of benefit and are looking for work. Our courses are also free if you have no qualifications at Level 1 or Level 2.

To find the right course for you, either use the course finder or download our latest prospectus.

To find out more about free courses or funding visit our Help and Support Section.

Work Clubs

Ready to apply for work? Want some help and advice on:

  • How to write a great CV or covering letter.
  • Applying for jobs.
  • Searching and applying for the latest jobs locally, nationally and abroad.
  • Interview tips and practice.
  • Training opportunities and courses.


Join us at our our free Work Clubs, held at venues across Lancashire, and get one-to-one advice from a tutor at the beginning of the session to help you get what you need from the work clubs.

Call 0333 003 1717 for more information.

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Burnley Central Library
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Carr St Community Centre Bamber Bridge
Cleveleys Group Practice
Clitheroe Library
Coppull Library
Euxton Parish Community Centre
Haslingden Library
Haworth Art Gallery, Accrington
Heysham Library
Intact Centre - Preston
Kingsfold Library
Lancashire Adult Learning
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Mazuma Stadium Morecambe Football Club
Nelson and Colne College
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Ormskirk Library
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Pendle Yes Hub Active Lancashire
Penwortham Community Centre
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Preston Quaker Meeting House
Pukar Disability Resource Centre
Rawtenstall Library
Rishton Library
Sahara in Preston Ltd
Shout Connect Meeting Rooms Preston
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The Place Community Centre Leyland
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  • Get Into Working In an Early Years Setting
    Employability
    Delivered Online

    Online
    Online
    This course will develop learner’s knowledge and skills required to work with children in an early years setting, by exploring vocational pathways and identifying further educational opportunities aligned to either working in childcare settings or schools. This is a knowledge-based qualification, so learners do not need to be undertaking practical placements to achieve this qualification. It will help learners start on the right path and progress towards employment in their chosen area.
    Forthcoming Start Dates
    • Online Course
      MON - 22/04/2024
      09:30 to 12:00
      4 week course
      16 Places Remaining
      Cost: Free to Lancashire residents
    • Online Course
      TUE - 23/04/2024
      09:30 to 12:00
      3 week course
      19 Places Remaining
      Cost: Free to Lancashire residents
    • Online Course
      MON - 13/05/2024
      09:30 to 12:00
      2 week course
      18 Places Remaining
      Cost: Free to Lancashire residents
    = Can I get help with my fees?
  • AAT Level 1 Award in Bookkeeping
    Employability
    Delivered in a venue near you

    In Venue
    In Venue
    This course is designed for learners seeking the skills and knowledge needed to work in the world of business particularly the accountancy sector. It provides learners with the underpinning knowledge that is required by employees to work in a range of different environments which require bookkeeping. You may choose that you want to work for an organisation, or become a self-employed bookkeeper once fully qualified.

    The course will cover a wide range of subject areas to give you a great insight into bookkeeping. This will enable you to learn new skills or upskill your current skills and qualities.

    You will develop essential knowledge of how to carry out bookkeeping techniques such as understanding bookkeeping transactions including income, expenditure, profit and loss. You will also explore the software associated with bookkeeping

    Once you have completed your first level qualification and complete further qualifications you can apply for an adult apprentice, or go into employment. There are currently around 30,000 jobs in the North West related to financial accountancy with the average salary averaging £32K once qualified.

    Whilst you are qualifying, you could expect to earn around £13 per hour.
    Forthcoming Start Dates
    • Accrington & Rossendale College
      TUE - 16/04/2024
      17:30 to 20:30
      12 week course
      20 Places Remaining
      Cost: £149.00
    = Can I get help with my fees?
  • AAT Level 1 Award in Business Skills
    Employability
    Delivered in a venue near you

    In Venue
    In Venue
    This course is designed for learners seeking the skills and knowledge needed to work in the world of business particularly the accountancy sector. It provides learners with the underpinning knowledge that is required by employees to work in a range of different environments in a business associated with sales and purchases linked to business expenditure and income.

    The course will cover a wide range of subject areas to give you a great insight into the business sector. This will enable you to learn new skills or upskill your current skills and qualities.

    You will develop essential knowledge of how to carry out administrative tasks such as how to manage information and supporting events as well as know how to apply their knowledge in a variety of industries and job roles.

    Once you have completed your first level qualification and complete further qualifications you can apply for an adult apprentice or go into employment. There are currently around 30,000 jobs in the Northwest related to financial accountancy with the average salary averaging £32K once qualified.

    Whilst you are qualifying, you could expect to earn around £13 per hour.

    You can start your career by aiming for some of the following job roles -

    Business administration

    Working in an office

    Becoming an admin assistant

    And many more!
    Forthcoming Start Dates
    • Accrington & Rossendale College
      WED - 17/04/2024
      09:30 to 12:30
      12 week course
      20+ Places Remaining
      Cost: £149.00
    = Can I get help with my fees?
  • Business Administration Level 2
    Employability
    Delivered in a venue near you

    In Venue
    In Venue
    This course is designed for learners seeking the skills and knowledge needed to work in the world of business. It will provide learners with the underpinning knowledge that is required by employees to work in a range of different environments in a business administration role.

    The course will cover a wide range of subject areas to give you a great insight into the business sector. This will enable you to learn new skills or upskill your current skills and qualities. You will develop essential knowledge of how to carry out administrative tasks such as how to manage information and supporting events as well as know how to apply their knowledge in a variety of industries and job roles.
    Forthcoming Start Dates
    • Accrington & Rossendale College
      MULTIPLE DAYS PER WEEK starting - 18/04/2024
      09:30 to 12:30
      9 week course
      20+ Places Remaining
      Cost: Free to Lancashire residents
    = Can I get help with my fees?
  • Comparing Costs through Price Comparison
    Employability
    Delivered in a venue near you

    In Venue
    In Venue
    This course has been specifically designed to support people navigating online price comparisons in order to save money and get the best deals on the market. Using basic maths, you will be able to make calculations based on the different deals you can find online.

    The course runs for 3 hours.

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    Forthcoming Start Dates
    • Mazuma Stadium Morecambe Football Club
      THU - 28/03/2024
      09:30 to 12:00
      1 day course
      20 Places Remaining
      Cost: Free to Lancashire residents
    • Penwortham Community Centre
      MON - 22/04/2024
      09:30 to 12:00
      1 day course
      15 Places Remaining
      Cost: Free to Lancashire residents
    • Carr St Community Centre Bamber Bridge
      TUE - 23/04/2024
      10:00 to 13:00
      1 day course
      15 Places Remaining
      Cost: Free to Lancashire residents
    = Can I get help with my fees?
  • Health and Safety In Construction Programme
    Employability
    Delivered in a venue near you

    In Venue
    In Venue
    This course is aimed at individuals who require a CSCS labouring card to get a job within the Construction Industry but don't currently have the required qualifications.

    This course is in preparation for three assessments.
    On successful completion of the course you will gain two accredited certificates.

    • AIM Awards Suite of Vocational Pathways Qualifications (AIMVOCs) in Construction and Building - Extended Award Level 1
    • Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment.

    If you also pass the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test you will then receive a print off which states you passed and your CITB registration number. Once you have passed all tests, we can then apply for your CSCS labouring card.
    Forthcoming Start Dates
    • Waterside Centre Accrington
      MULTIPLE DAYS PER WEEK starting - 09/04/2024
      09:30 to 15:15
      1 week course
      6 Places Remaining
      Cost: £95.00
    • Waterside Centre Accrington
      TUE - 16/04/2024
      09:30 to 15:15
      1 week course
      12 Places Remaining
      Cost: £95.00
    • Waterside Centre Accrington
      MULTIPLE DAYS PER WEEK starting - 30/04/2024
      09:30 to 15:15
      1 week course
      12 Places Remaining
      Cost: £95.00
    • Waterside Centre Accrington
      MULTIPLE DAYS PER WEEK starting - 11/06/2024
      09:30 to 15:15
      1 week course
      12 Places Remaining
      Cost: £95.00
    • Waterside Centre Accrington
      MULTIPLE DAYS PER WEEK starting - 25/06/2024
      09:30 to 15:15
      1 week course
      12 Places Remaining
      Cost: £95.00
    • Waterside Centre Accrington
      MULTIPLE DAYS PER WEEK starting - 16/07/2024
      09:30 to 15:15
      1 week course
      12 Places Remaining
      Cost: £95.00
    = Can I get help with my fees?
  • Introduction to Volunteering
    Employability
    Delivered in a venue near you

    In Venue
    In Venue
    This programme provides an overview of the pathways of volunteering and how this can get you into work and/or broaden your wellbeing by helping in the community. You will learn about the different volunteering sectors and how you can get into volunteering.
    Forthcoming Start Dates
    • Sahara in Preston Ltd
      MON - 15/04/2024
      09:30 to 12:30
      1 day course
      11 Places Remaining
      Cost: Free to Lancashire residents
    = Can I get help with my fees?
  • Level 2 Certificate in Digital Marketing (EQUAL)
    Employability
    Accessed Flexibly Online

    Flexibly Online
    Flexibly Online
    The TQUK Level 2 Digital Marketing course is ideal for those who wish to develop their knowledge and understanding of Digital Marketing. The programme is designed for those who desire to form a foundation due to little or no previous digital marketing experience.

    Learn the basics of marketing strategy including social media, Email and SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) as part of marketing campaigns.
    Forthcoming Start Dates
    • Online Course
      Flexible Start Dates
      Available from:
      04/09/2023
      20+ Places Remaining
      Cost: Free to Lancashire residents
    = Can I get help with my fees?
  • Level 2 Certificate in Equality and Diversity (EQUAL)
    Employability
    Accessed Flexibly Online

    Flexibly Online
    Flexibly Online
    This course is aimed at people who want to further increase their knowledge or learn a brand-new subject. It will consider different areas of Equality and Diversity that they would then be able to relate into their everyday lives. This could help with upskilling and enhancing their career prospects in the future. This can be applied to both voluntary and employment opportunities, this course is accessible for all.
    Forthcoming Start Dates
    • Online Course
      Flexible Start Dates
      Available from:
      04/09/2023
      20+ Places Remaining
      Cost: Free to Lancashire residents
    = Can I get help with my fees?
  • Level 2 Certificate in Event Planning (EQUAL)
    Employability
    Accessed Flexibly Online

    Flexibly Online
    Flexibly Online
    This course is aimed at people who want to go into the event management industry or want to set up an event malmanagement company of their own. It can also support people who wish to simply learn how an event is set up and ran as well as evaluated. This is an excellent opportunity to gain an accredited level 2 qualification as well as access to an award-winning online e-learning platform.

    You are able to learn at your own pace yet have the support from qualified teachers.
    Forthcoming Start Dates
    • Online Course
      Flexible Start Dates
      Available from:
      04/09/2023
      20+ Places Remaining
      Cost: Free to Lancashire residents
    = Can I get help with my fees?
  • Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Business Administration (EQUAL)
    Employability
    Accessed Flexibly Online

    Flexibly Online
    Flexibly Online
    This course is designed for learners seeking the skills and knowledge needed to work in the world of business. It will provide learners with the underpinning knowledge that is required by employees to work in a range of different environments in a business administration role.

    The course will cover a wide range of subject areas to give you a great insight into the business sector. This will enable you to learn new skills or upskill your current skills and qualities.

    You will develop essential knowledge of how to carry out administrative tasks such as how to manage

    information and supporting events as well as know how to apply their knowledge in a variety of industries and job roles.

    There are currently around 18,500jobs in the North West related to business administration with the average salary ranging from £13.39 to £15.50 per hour. Average salary within this sector can be up £25K per year.
    Forthcoming Start Dates
    • Online Course
      Flexible Start Dates
      Available from:
      04/09/2023
      20+ Places Remaining
      Cost: Free to Lancashire residents
    = Can I get help with my fees?
  • Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Customer Service (EQUAL)
    Employability
    Accessed Flexibly Online

    Flexibly Online
    Flexibly Online
    This course is designed to enable people to gain an overall view of customer service. It will provide you with the skills required by employers to work in a wide range of job roles. You will develop essential knowledge of how to carry out customer service related tasks such as how to manage information and even support events. This is a good all round customer service qualification which will help you gain the basics to support your CV applications across a huge sector of employment opportunities.
    Forthcoming Start Dates
    • Online Course
      Flexible Start Dates
      Available from:
      04/09/2023
      20+ Places Remaining
      Cost: Free to Lancashire residents
    = Can I get help with my fees?
  • Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Team Leading (EQUAL)
    Employability
    Accessed Flexibly Online

    Flexibly Online
    Flexibly Online
    This course is aimed at people who want to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of team leading. This can support them to progress onto other qualifications, employment or apprenticeships in any sector. It is a great professional development.

    You are able to learn at your own pace yet have the support from qualified teachers.
    Forthcoming Start Dates
    • Online Course
      Flexible Start Dates
      Available from:
      04/09/2023
      20+ Places Remaining
      Cost: Free to Lancashire residents
    = Can I get help with my fees?
  • Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Environmental Sustainability (EQUAL)
    Employability
    Accessed Flexibly Online

    Flexibly Online
    Flexibly Online

    The purpose of the qualification is to develop learner's knowledge and understanding of a range of topics relating to environmental sustainability including control of global warming, reducing carbon emissions, alternative energy sources, conservation, environmental monitoring and energy management. The qualification is most relevant to those already in employment and is applicable across sectors. It forms part of a wide-ranging strategy of business improvement and lean management.

    Forthcoming Start Dates
    • Online Course
      Flexible Start Dates
      Available from:
      04/09/2023
      20+ Places Remaining
      Cost: Free to Lancashire residents
    = Can I get help with my fees?
  • Prepare to Learn - Building confidence and resilience
    Employability
    Delivered in a venue near you

    In Venue
    In Venue
    This programme aims to build confidence and prepare learners for first steps back into education and study.

    During the course learners will reflect on their key skills and areas for development and devise an action plan to support them in reaching their education and employment goals. Key skills will be embedded within the learning including ICT, teamworking, time management and communication.

    This course is a great way of taking first steps into adult education.
    Forthcoming Start Dates
    • Waterside Centre Accrington
      TUE - 07/05/2024
      13:00 to 16:00
      3 week course
      20+ Places Remaining
      Cost: £25.00
    = Can I get help with my fees?
  • Railway Maintenance Level 2 Diploma
    Employability
    Delivered in a venue near you

    In Venue
    In Venue
    During the course, you'll learn the fundamentals of rail track maintenance that you need to obtain a successful career on the rail. The course will introduce you to the typical operations and allow you to develop an extensive skill set to carry out various roles within the Rail Industry.

    You must book onto an Information and Advice Session prior to starting the course.

    Also Included in The Course
    • City & Guilds NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Rail Engineering Track Maintenance
    • City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Rail Engineering Underpinning Knowledge
    • Full set of Network Rail Approved PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).
    • Network Rail Approved Medical - Mandatory that this is attended and passed or won't progress on the course - Necessary for PTS
    • Network Rail Approved Drugs & Alcohol Screening - Mandatory that this is attended and passed or won't progress on the course - Necessary for PTS
    • Sponsorship paperwork including ID and right-to-work documentation - Necessary for PTS.
    • E-Learning - Sent from your sponsor - Mandatory that this is completed and passed by the deadline of your PTS training
    • Small Plant Training.
    • Basic Hand Tools Training.
    • First Aid and Manual Handling.
    Forthcoming Start Dates
    • Shout Connect Meeting Rooms Preston
      MULTIPLE DAYS PER WEEK starting - 26/02/2024
      09:30 to 16:00
      6 week course
      13 Places Remaining
      Cost: £1995.00
    • Lancashire Adult Learning
      MULTIPLE DAYS PER WEEK starting - 02/04/2024
      09:30 to 16:00
      6 week course
      14 Places Remaining
      Cost: £1995.00
    • Shout Connect Meeting Rooms Preston
      MULTIPLE DAYS PER WEEK starting - 15/04/2024
      09:30 to 16:00
      6 week course
      Few Places Remaining
      Cost: £1995.00
    • Lancashire Adult Learning
      MULTIPLE DAYS PER WEEK starting - 20/05/2024
      09:30 to 16:00
      6 week course
      20 Places Remaining
      Cost: £1995.00
    • Shout Connect Meeting Rooms Preston
      MULTIPLE DAYS PER WEEK starting - 03/06/2024
      09:30 to 16:00
      6 week course
      20 Places Remaining
      Cost: £1995.00
    = Can I get help with my fees?
  • Reducing Bills through Energy Efficiency
    Employability
    Delivered in a venue near you

    In Venue
    In Venue
    This course has been specifically designed to support people who are worried about energy use in the home and want to know more about keeping on top of their bills as well as money saving ideas. It also includes information about staying safe whilst trying to maximise energy saving. Using basic maths, you will be able to calculate how much your current energy usage is costing you as well calculations to maximise savings. You will be able to upskill basic -, x and +.

    The course runs for 3 hours.

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    Forthcoming Start Dates
    • Mazuma Stadium Morecambe Football Club
      THU - 14/03/2024
      09:30 to 12:00
      1 day course
      20 Places Remaining
      Cost: Free to Lancashire residents
    = Can I get help with my fees?
  • Using Social Marketing for Business - Level 2 Award
    Employability
    Delivered in a venue near you

    In Venue
    In Venue

    Forthcoming Start Dates
    • Accrington & Rossendale College
      WED - 24/04/2024
      18:00 to 21:00
      6 week course
      15 Places Remaining
      Cost: £95.00
    = Can I get help with my fees?
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