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About the adult learning service


We work with local communities, a range of voluntary organisations, employers and public health to deliver the training people need to help change their lives for the better. We ensure that provision is local and accessible, with training delivered in more than 100 venues across the County.

Courses include a broad range of opportunities for personal development, support for health and well-being and the chance to gain skills and qualifications for further education and employment.

The Health & Social Care curriculum was reviewed during 2016/17 to introduce 'Get Into' programmes aimed at attracting learners to train in Adult Social Care. 

What we can offer

  • Foundation Learning, including English, Maths and English as a second or foreign language (ESOL) classes
  • Computing classes
  • Health and social care classes
  • A range of family and community learning opportunities, including support for those most vulnerable in our County
  • A range of courses for enjoyment and leisure designed to re-engage those who have been away from learning for a long time
  • Back to work and employability training for young people and adults
  • Apprenticeships opportunities within the Council
  • 'Digital skills' courses which enables learners to access information technology for everyday work and life
  • Teaching Assistant Qualifications at Level 2 and Level 3
  • Support into self-employment

Why choose us?

In 2016/17 our outcomes for learners were outstanding, 97.7% of our learners finished their courses with us and 97.9% of those passed their courses.

All of those learners who engaged in short 'Get into' courses in 2016/17 went on to study an accredited award.

Our most recent OFSTED inspection (January 2015) graded us as good with outstanding features.

We have been graded as 'Outstanding' Grade 1 for our apprenticeship delivery.

Contact us
Adult Learning and Skills Service
03000 266 115
Our address is:
  • Durham County Council
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UQ
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