Adult community learning

EU Social Fund logoWe aim to engage adults aged 19 and over with flexible programmes of learning (which may or may not involve a qualification) to help them build confidence, develop skills and enhance their employability prospects and overall wellbeing.

Typical programmes of learning include:

  • Community learning
  • Functional skills
  • Traineeships.

Community learning

These informal, non-regulated courses hope to widen participation and support you to progress, bringing together people from all backgrounds, cultures and income groups. They aim to:

  • Improve confidence and willingness to engage
  • Expand and develop skills
  • Improve digital and communication skills
  • Enhance health and social wellbeing
  • Improve employment prospects.

Course categories are:

  • Leisure and pleasure
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Jobseekers
  • Digital
  • Family learning.

See our full list of available courses.

Functional Skills

Qualifications are available in English and Maths from Entry Level 1 through to Level 2.

Anyone who would like to gain a qualification in English or Maths, including parents wishing to improve their own skills to help their children with their school work, would benefit from this course.


Traineeships provide unemployed young people, aged 16 to 24, with the skills and experience to progress into an apprenticeship or sustainable work. The core offer includes the following mandatory elements:

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

Our Partners

  • Fir Tree Fishery
  • Green Grass Centre
  • Groundwork CIC
  • Joining Communities
  • The Music Projects
  • Wigan Digital Learning
  • Lowton High School.

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