About adult learning and our information and guidance service

Learn more about adult education and training courses available across North Yorkshire and our free information and guidance service.

A wide range of adult education courses

We offer a range of courses including:

  • employment courses to help improve and learn new work skills to get back into work;
  • English, maths and IT courses;
  • foundation courses in accounts and finance, business administration, early years and childcare, health and social care, hospitality and catering and working in schools;
  • health, leisure and community activities including family learning; and
  • supportive learning courses for adults with learning difficulties or disabilities.

Our priority is to help adults gain the skills and qualifications needed for employment and to help people who are disadvantaged by social, economic and health barriers. 

Visit our courses page to view our latest prospectus, search for courses in your area and enrol online. 

Our free information and guidance service

We provide a free information and advice service for adults aged 19 and over to help you choose the best route to develop your career and job prospects. Sessions are one-to-one and confidential. 

We offer free advice and guidance on all our courses, including information on free courses, training and workshops, qualifications, funding and specialist support for people with hearing or sight impairment, disabilities or learning difficulties. 

Our Learning Guidance and Skills Officers provide relevant information and planning sessions to help you choose the correct route to develop your career and job prospects. We can help you with: 

  • advice on learning opportunities available;
  • support with initial assessments for English, ICT and maths; and 
  • advice on course enrolments.

Information and guidance service frequently asked questions

Simply call or email your local area office to book an appointment that's convenient for you. See the section below for all our contact details.

Our team is ready to meet with you to help you on your path to learning!

At the appointment, your learning and skills adviser will help you find the right course for you by exploring options based on your skills, interests and career aspirations. 

The session will include creating an action plan which will help set out what you want to achieve and how you can get there. This could include developing new skills or starting a new course to gain a professional qualification. 

They will also look into funding for your course, depending on your eligibility, some course fees are reduced or free. Further assistance may also be available with childcare. 

They will help you complete the enrolment form and start you on the right course.

Ongoing support is provided by all learning and skills advisers to help you progress and achieve. This could include advice to help you continue onto the next course or support to help improve your employment skills.

You can also see our fees policy here.

Contact the Adult Learning Team

Contact us for more information on 01609 536066 or email the team at AdultLearningService@northyorks.gov.uk

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Subcontracting arrangements

 View our supply chain fees and charges (pdf / 205 KB) for details of our subcontracting arrangements and pricing schedule for 2018-19. 

The data protection law is changing

On 25 May the General Data Protection Regulation, known as GDPR, comes into effect. This imposes additional obligations on organisations and gives you extra rights around how your data is used.

We want you to know that the adult learning and skills service respects the information we hold on you and that we take the security of your information very seriously.

We have recently published a new privacy notice to give you more information on the data we hold on you, what we do with that data, who we share your data with and your new rights under the General Data Protection Regulation.

You can view our updated privacy notice here.

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