Learning, courses and training

No matter your age, there are learning, courses and training options for everyone.

Adult learning courses (19 and over)

Wigan Council offers flexible learning courses to help build confidence, develop skills and enhance your employability prospects and overall wellbeing.

Courses range from teaching, digital skills, English, health and social care and acting, to make up, maths, game design, leisure, construction and much more.

All our courses are free and part time, subject to resident eligibility checks.

Other adult learning opportunities (19 and over)

Traineeships (16-24 years)

Traineeships provide unemployed young people, aged 16 to 24, with the skills and experience to progress into an apprenticeship or sustainable work.

They offer a combination of education, training and work experience that prepares people for their future careers by helping them to become 'work ready'.

The core offer includes the following mandatory elements:

  • Work-preparation training
  • Work-placement
  • English and Maths.

See overview of traineeships and how to apply for a traineeship (external link) including case studies, information factsheets, video content and webinars.

Learning opportunities 16-19 years

A number of learning providers can help young people aged 16-19 access a range of accredited courses and programmes.

The Growth Company courses and skills support

  • Growth Company study programme (16-25 years) - offering a range of qualifications at the local Wigan Training Centre as well work experience opportunities. A training allowance of up to £30 per week is available
  • Skills support for growth (15-18 years) – offering bespoke one-to-one support with job searching skills, CV building and interview skills as well as personal support with anxiety, depression, drug and alcohol abuse, young offending and emotional wellbeing.

To find out more about The Growth Company’s courses and skills support call 01942 527770.

Digital and numeracy skills (all ages)

A range of courses are available for all ages to increase your digital and numeracy skills, including:

  • The Skills Toolkit (external link) - Free, high-quality digital and numeracy courses to build your skills and boost your job prospects
  • Get online - Support to help you access the internet, introduce you to email, complete online forms as well as TechMates, our telephone digital mentoring service
  • iDEA Award - An online programme that helps you develop digital and enterprise skills for free.

Employment and life skills (all ages)

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