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9:08 am, Wednesday, 4th January 2023 - 1 year ago


A LACK of skills and learning amongst adults in North East Lincolnshire is driving the launch of a new campaign, aimed at showing people what they can achieve and the support that’s out there for them.

Free careers advice and courses in maths, English and IT are just some of the opportunities that will be highlighted as part of the borough-wide push, that will mirror the Government’s national Skills For Life initiative. North East Lincolnshire Council has joined forces with partners and is starting its work as figures show how:

  • 12.2 per cent of residents living here have no qualifications at all – an increase since 2018 that bucks the national trend.
  • There has been a 36.8 per cent drop in adult learning in North East Lincolnshire compared to 20 per cent nationally.
  • Less than a quarter of people, 23.6 percent, in the borough have qualifications Level 4 or above, which is significantly below the national average of 43.6 per cent.

The statistics, say those behind the campaign, reflect the need to encourage adults to fully understand the opportunities that are here for them – both within adult education, and then to find new careers, or start work for the first time. Health, care, construction, engineering, advanced manufacturing, the renewables and carbon zero sectors, education, hospitality and the leisure industry are areas that currently need workers locally.

Amy Gresham is a skills and employment specialist at North East Lincolnshire Council and believes the situation can improve if adults are aware of the opportunities on their doorstep.

“We know there are many reasons why adults may feel apprehensive or even nervous about moving away from what they know and taking their first steps towards a new future. If you are one of those people, we are here to ask you to come and see us. There are so many people here to help and support you,” said Amy.

The campaign is starting with a Skills For Life roadshow this month:

Monday Jan 9th9-12.30Central Family HubEdward Street, DN32 9HL
Tuesday Jan 10th9-12.30Queensway Family HubBinbrook Way, Grimsby
Wednesday Jan 11th9-12.30Reynolds Family HubMachray Place, Cleethorpes
Thursday Jan 12th9-12.30Nunsthorpe Family HubSutcliffe Avenue, Grimsby

At the roadshows will be the Grimsby Institute Learning Centres, Franklin College Adult Learning, Creating Positive Opportunities, Avant Skills Academy, Think Employment, Care Plus Group, Lincs2, Families First and the National Careers Service.  People will also be able to find out about free courses in maths, skills distance learning, English and IT with details of childcare support.

Supporting the initiative, North East Lincolnshire Council Leader with portfolio holder responsibilities for regeneration and skills, Cllr Philip Jackson, said: “The council, through its work with private industry, its own ambition in attracting funding and its support of our main sectors, continues to support and lead the growth of North East Lincolnshire. We want all our residents to come along with us and to really understand how they can create better futures for themselves, their families and their children. It’s never too late and there is support out there. I would ask our residents to come along to the roadshows and start a journey that could change their lives.”

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