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 and skills advisers 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.

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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.

On-going 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.

Contact our adult learning offices

Contact our adult learning offices for more information and follow us on Facebook for the latest news on courses in your area. 

Responsible for the delivery of adult learning in the Skipton, South Craven and North Craven areas.

Skipton Youth and Community Centre
Otley Street
Skipton
BD23 1ET

Email: south.adultlearning@northyorks.gov.uk
Telephone: 01609 533936

Opening hours

  • Monday to Thursday, 8.30am to 5pm
  • Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm

Responsible for delivery of adult learning in the Northallerton, Thirsk, Bedale, Stokesley and Easingwold areas.

Hambleton adult learning office
Racecourse Lane
Northallerton
DL7 8RD

Email: north.adultlearning@northyorks.gov.uk 
Telephone: 01609 780780

Opening hours

  • Monday to Thursday, 8.30am to 5pm
  • Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm

Responsible for the delivery of adult learning in the Harrogate, Ripon, Knaresborough, Nidderdale and Boroughbridge areas.

15-17 Station Bridge
Harrogate
HG1 1SP

Email: south.adultlearning@northyorks.gov.uk 
Telephone: 01609 533936

Opening hours

  • Monday to Thursday, 8.30am to 5pm
  • Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm

Responsible for the delivery of adult learning in the Richmond, Wensleydale and Catterick areas.

Swaledale House
Unit 4 Bailey Court
Colburn Business Park
Colburn
DL9 4QL

Email: north.adultlearning@northyorks.gov.uk 
Telephone: 01609 780780

Opening hours

  • Monday to Thursday, 8.30am to 5pm
  • Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm

Responsible for the delivery of adult learning in the Pickering and Malton areas.

Lady Lumley’s School Campus
Swainsea Lane
Pickering
North Yorkshire
Y018 8NG

Email: east.adultlearning@northyorks.gov.uk 
Telephone: 01609 535845

Opening hours

  • Monday to Thursday, 8.30am to 4.30pm
  • Friday, closed

Responsible for the delivery of adult learning in the Scarborough, Filey and surrounding areas.

Castle House
Elders Street
Scarborough
YO11 1DZ

Email: east.adultlearning@northyorks.gov.uk 
Telephone: 01609 535845

Opening hours

  • Monday to Thursday, 8.30am to 5pm
  • Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm

Responsible for adult learning in the Selby, Tadcaster, Barlby and Sherburn areas.

The Cabin
Selby Community Primary School
Flaxley Road
Selby
YO8 4DL

Email: south.adultlearning@northyorks.gov.uk 
Telephone: 01609 533936

Opening hours

  • Monday to Thursday, 8.30am to 5pm
  • Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm

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