New adult learning course guide is launched

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East Riding Council has launched its new 2016 adult learning course guide, aimed at people aged 19 years and over.

The new course guide is full of courses that can help East Riding residents to improve skills to get a job, get a new qualification or learn something completely new.

New for 2016 is a 25% early bird discount offer for accredited courses booked in January. Some of the accredited courses on offer include counselling, Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools, European Computer Driving Licence and photography.

Also new are maths, English and psychology GCSE headstart courses. The headstart courses allow learners to start studying for a GCSE in January, receiving extra tuition before the main exam in May 2017. The maths and English GCSEs are free to anyone who does not already hold this GCSE at grade A*-C.

The course guide also has a selection of community learning courses on offer such as ceramics, pottery, flower arranging, patchwork and quilting and the ever popular mindfulness courses.

Courses are delivered from adult learning venues across the East Riding and range from one-day workshops to year-long qualifications and daytime classes to those on an evening and weekends. Also new for 2016 is a range of art and photography courses on offer at Sewerby Hall and Gardens.

The council is continuing to grow the number of apprenticeship courses on offer for young people and adults and has a range of vocational subjects to choose from. Those recently made redundant or who are unemployed, can speak to the authority’s specialist team who can advise about free training that they might be eligible for.

Sara Arnold, employment, education and skills group manager, said: “There’s never been a better time to start learning. Whether you’re looking to improve your maths, English or IT skills to get a job, or sign up to a part time course, there’s never been a better time to do it.

“Give us a call today and receive a 25 per cent early bird booking discount for courses booked before 31 January. Join us and be among the thousands of learners who benefit from education and training from us each year.”

Councillor Jane Evison, cabinet portfolio holder for economic investment and tourism at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “Providing quality adult education provision is a key priority for the council in supporting and growing the local economy by ensuring our residents have the necessary skills to achieve their aims and ambitions, whether that is securing employment, accessing higher education or in setting up their own business.

“These new course guides provide opportunities for people to learn and develop themselves, so why not take a look at the courses available and enrol at one of our learning centres.”

You can pick up a copy of the new course guide at any East Riding library, leisure centre, adult learning centre or customer service centre. Copies will also be distributed to local community venues. Alternatively, download a copy online at

To book a place on a course you can book online, call, pop in or email your local centre. For details of a centre near to you, visit

Visit the website to find out more information regarding help for learners with learning difficulties, the 24+ advanced learning loan and to find out where your nearest centre is.