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Adult education and learning

There are many ways adults can re-train and learn across North East Lincolnshire, with free options, distance learning or small classroom sessions. Choose from a huge range of courses, from maths and English to gardening and dog grooming.

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Adult learning providers and resources

Careers service logo: National Careers Service

National Careers Service

Book a careers appointment, a free service available to all adults over 19.

Visit: Careers advice – job profiles, information and resources | National Careers Service

NCS also offer a range of courses to develop your skills:

CareerShift – Thinking of switching careers? Call 01472 324587 or email [email protected]

Your Digital Life – A free programme to develop your digital skills. Call 01472 324587.

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Links to all courses available in North East Lincolnshire Council for people over 16.


HNY Careers Hub

A one-stop shop for individuals of all ages and career stages, to support an understanding of education, training opportunities, vacancies, and more. Developed by the Humber and North Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership.

Visit: Job Opportunities in Humber & North Yorkshire | HNY Careers Tool (

Focus (Quest)

Quest Training & Wellbeing Hub provide high-quality training opportunities for organisations and individuals in North East Lincolnshire and beyond. Quest offers an array of personal development and management courses from its dedicated central venue located in the heart of Grimsby. Being part of Focus Independent Adult Social Work CIC, Quest specialises in delivering health, social care and wellbeing training.

Visit: Training & Recruitment – Focus (

Learning provider logo: Franklin Adult Learning

Franklin Adult Learning

A range of courses to support employability from functional skills to health and social care and free distance learning courses.

Visit: Adult Learning

Learning provider logo: Avant Skills Academy


Delivering apprenticeship training across North East Lincolnshire, Hull and East Yorkshire in sectors including business admin, customer services, hairdressing, leadership and management.

Visit: Avant Skills Academy

Learning provider logo: Creating Positive Opportunities

Creating Positive Opportunity

Offering support for individuals to re-engage with learning and work, including digital skills training.

Visit: Creating Positive Opportunity (

Learning provider logo: Care Plus

Care Plus Group

Employability courses across the community providing training and recruitment services.

Visit: Support finding and staying in employment – Care Plus Group

Learning provider logo: Multiply


Provides free, flexible courses to improve working with numbers.

Visit: Adults | Skills for Careers (

Learning provider logo: THINK employment

Think Employment

Find a range of courses for those 19+ including English, maths, digital marketing and working in schools.

Visit: Think Employment

Learning provider logo: Learning4Life-Gy


Free adult learning courses for learners who are developing their English language, including ESOL, maths and health and social care.

Visit: Learning4Life-Gy

Learning provider logo: Grimsby Learning Centre

Grimsby Learning Centre

A range of part-time, flexible courses for adults including English, maths, and IT delivered at community learning centres in Grimsby, Louth and Immingham.

Visit: Adult Learning | Grimsby Institute

Grimsby Institute – Distance Learning

Grimsby Institute also provides free distance learning courses. Learn from the comfort of your own home and gain qualifications in a wide range of subjects, with flexible deadlines.

Visit: Distance Learning & Non-accredited e-learning courses

Learning provider logo: The Equality Practice

The Equality Practice

Working with people from diverse backgrounds, designing and delivering conferences and projects. Includes the Me-Learning Programme, designed to empower women to change their lives and achieve more.

Visit: The Equality Practice – Cultural Intelligence

Are you a provider that would like adding to this page or a business that would like support with training? Contact us by email at [email protected].

Success stories

UKSPF – New and upcoming projects

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills.

15 skills projects in the area have been successfully allocated funding through the UKSPF, committed to increasing opportunities for everyone!

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The careerShift programme targets those who are interested in changing their careers, with a focus on industries struggling to recruit. Designed to raise aspiration, the course will be attended by local employers and career advisors, who will share their knowledge and experience to encourage people to utilise their existing skills in a different way.

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Building on their technical training and apprenticeship programmes, the accredited Work Ready project for Welding will produce more skilled and qualified welders, an in-demand profession across the Humber.

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The NAViGATING Healthcare project focuses on pathways into the health and social care employment, providing holistic support through training, careers advice and work experience opportunities, as well as practical support including wellbeing, finance, digital skills, and confidence.

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Led by the University of Lincoln’s National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM), the Seafood Talent Futures project seeks to increase the number of highly skilled individuals employed in Grimsby’s Seafood Processing sector and young people accessing careers within it.

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Hospitality Key Skills

Led by National Employer Training (NET), the programme will offer hospitality businesses in North East Lincolnshire accredited, sector-specific provisions that address skill shortages in the sector, with qualifications including Food Hygiene and Food Allergens.

Level 1 Award in Electric and Hybrid Technologies and Carbon Awareness

Delivered by the Automotive Department of GIFHE, the Level 1 Award has been developed in response to the changing environment in technology. The project will equip the learners with knowledge on electric vehicles, a priority area for vehicle technicians as the amount of petrol and diesel cars reduce every year.

Leadership Skills for Social Care Project

The project is designed for 19+ learners looking to learn and develop skills to support new or existing roles in the care sector. The course will focus on leadership and knowledge tailored to the care sector, delivered flexibility to accommodate the needs and schedules of everyone involved.  

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Me-Learning: 19+

The Me-Learning Programme is a 12-week programme focusing on women’s self-belief, to encourage them to go forward with employment and training. By addressing mindset, aspirations, and perceptions on what’s possible, the gender skills gap can be challenged with females feeling more confident to reach out for higher opportunities.

Me-Learning: 16 to 18-year-olds

Following previous success in delivering to females aged 19+, the Me-Learning project is being delivered to a younger cohort of 16 to 18 year olds. A 12-week, adapted version of the programme will be piloted to meet the needs of young women, continuing with a focus on mindset, self-talk and aspirations.

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The Build a Brighter Future project is a volunteer and training pathway for those unemployed and 19+ (STEPP UP), as well as those 16 to 18-year-olds without a grade 4 English and Maths at GCSE level (STARR).

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The Proud to Care Project supports individuals across North East Lincolnshire to access the care sector. The programme begins at the start of the application process with DBS checks, references, and interview skills until they are a paid member of staff. The ERA will cover the fees for recruitment, training, and 12-weeks of wages to temporarily alleviate employers of time and costs typically required to train new staff.

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The Creating Better Opportunities project aims to increase employment and retrain those already in work, by offering quality qualifications, licenses, certificates, and structured industry taster days in priority sectors including Construction, Health and Care, and Visitor Economy.   

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Supporting individuals who have migrated to access opportunities in employment, the English Speaking for Other Languages (ESOL) Vocational English for a Working Life project will deliver weekly sessions of an adapted curriculum, combining English with vocational relevance for Non-English speakers.

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The Logistics and Safety Employer Response (LASER) programme delivers courses to respond to the skills gaps in Logistics. The courses will retrain or upskill employees and learners to meet the needs of the sector, resulting in employment, increased skills, and a reduction of structural barriers to opportunities.

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Aimed at young people aged 16-24 who are unemployed, the project will support the development of construction trade skills and increase their work readiness, as they help to renovate Kent Street Skate Park in Grimsby.

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Visit UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) for more information on the Government scheme.

Upcoming events and training days

Your Digital Life – Free, weekly sessions every Monday on the first floor of Heritage House (Fisherman’s Wharf, Grimsby, DN31 1SY). Drop-in between 9:30am to 12:30pm. Call 01472 324587. If you are new to these sessions, please arrive at 9:30am to be inducted.

Free careers advice drop-in sessions – Wednesday 7th August 2024, 10am to 3pm, Grimsby Job Centre, 225 Victoria St S, Grimsby DN31 1NH. No booking required.

Best of You event – Free skills event with stalls from health and wellbeing, training opportunities, childcare provision and counselling services. Monday 15th July, drop in between 2.30pm to 4.30pm, Nunsthorpe Family Hub, Sutcliffe Ave, Grimsby, DN33 1AN

Related websites

Indeed: Job Search


The Job Centre Grimsby

Apprenticeship Search

FIS – Childcare Support

Related document

Skills strategy and action plan 2023 to 2026 (Word, 532KB)

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