Free courses include autism awareness, food safety and mental
In addition, a range of online learning courses in health,
social and childcare have been added to the College's offer. These
courses are free, although they do incur a £25 enrolment fee.
The new online courses, which include understanding autism,
dementia care, mental health problems and the principles of care
planning, mean individuals may study from home, at their own pace
and around personal commitments.
Northumberland College's Academy Head of Children and Adult
Workforce, Jillian Rees, said: "For many, attending college is not
easy due to work or childcare commitments, so we are pleased to be
able to offer a new range of online courses.
"These courses are perfect for continuous professional
development for those working within the education, childcare or
health and social care sectors and can be completed at home and in
your own time."
The College is also continuing to offer a programme of free
short courses and workshops for those in receipt of Jobseeker's
Allowance aimed at helping people into work. Those courses include
CV and interview support, computers for beginners and constriction
The College's January to March free course offer generated over
a thousand expressions of interest from local adults.
Paula Nelson, from Dinnington, enrolled on to a free plastering
course to develop her DIY skills for home improvements. She said:
"I love the plastering course at Northumberland College. The tutors
are fantastic and I feel so comfortable attending the sessions.
"The facilities are excellent and I am thoroughly enjoying
myself on a course I never thought I once would. It is completely
different to anything else that I've done before and it's fantastic
that I've had the chance to give it a try for free.
"The course is a perfect confidence booster for beginners of all
ages just like myself and I would thoroughly recommend it."
The College's Leisure Learning offering, which sees courses
delivered from community venues across the county, is testament to
a commitment to offer courses for all, with hundreds of part-time
courses from as little as £20. These courses are aimed at anyone
wishing to start a new hobby, learn a new skill or looking to meet
Leisure Learning courses include summer floristry, vegetarian
cooking, local archaeology, website design and dressmaking. Venues
include Allendale Forge Studios, Breamish Hall in Powburn and the
Fourways Centre, Amble.
The College recently invested more than £14m across its campuses
to further improve realistic training environments including new
engineering and automotive centre, construction workshops,
professional salon, restaurant, kitchens and learning resource
centre and new STEM centre for science, engineering and digital
Anyone wishing to find out more should visit an open event at
the college, contact the Help Hub on 01670 841 200 or access the
college website at www.northumberland.ac.uk.