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Lights, camera, action on learning and skills

Lights, camera, action on learning and skills
09 July 2024

We have created a series of short films to encourage local people to upskill and get the job they want.

The films shine a spotlight on local further education provider Learning & Skills, and feature the personal experiences of current and former learners. They showcase the wide range of courses available and offer a unique insight into the service; highlighting the positive impact further education can have for people seeking employment or wishing to progress in their career.

Based at the Coleridge Centre in Skerne Park and operating from a number of town centre and community venues, Learning & Skills Darlington supports people aged 19 and over to achieve their learning goals. From developing new leisure interests or life skills to gaining essential qualifications and on the job training - Learning & Skills Darlington boasts over 100 courses, including functional skills in English, maths and IT, vocational qualifications, and English for speakers of other languages.

Courses range from pre-entry level for those with no or very limited skills, through to Level 4 and 5 qualifications which are equivalent to A-levels. A number of employer-led courses offering guaranteed interviews are also available, as are apprenticeships and continued professional development modules.

A small number of courses are also provided for people aged between 16 and 19, who have left school and would benefit from personalised or one-to-one support.

Most courses are free to people who live in Darlington or the Tees Valley and who have the right to live and work in the UK.

The films are available to view on our YouTube channel and will also be shared across our social media channels throughout July and August.

Enrolment for 2024-25 courses is now open.

Alaine McCartney, Learning & Skills manager, said: "We have been delighted to welcome cameras into Learning & Skills and see this as a real opportunity to show people what being on a course with us is like; including what our buildings and venues look like, who our staff are and how our courses are delivered. The films give people the chance to hear from the real people studying with us who have shared their personal journeys to inspire others to take the first step towards a better future."


Cllr Curry, cabinet member for adults, said: "The Council is committed to creating high quality employment opportunities for local people and services like Learning & Skills, which offers a huge range of free courses, help to ensure people seeking work, or who want to progress in their careers, have the right skills to help them do so. Enrolling on a course is a great way to gain in confidence, make friends and improve your wellbeing; helping you to achieve your goals and live the sort of life you want to lead. Why not give it a try."

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