Information about Adult learning/training

Information & Inspiration.


For adults who may have been out of education for some time there are several choices, which are related to career progression and lifestyle. These range from:

  • professional training courses leading to qualifications that may enhance current or new career opportunities
  • full time education or training
  • part time education or training
  • personal learning opportunities that allow you to develop new skills and to learn alongside people with similar interests

Whichever reason or combination of reasons you will need information about the:

  • options
  • costs
  • time commitment

before you make your decision.

national-careers-service-logoIn North-East Lincolnshire, free information, advice and guidance is available, for adults aged 19 and over, from the National Careers Service, which provides independent and impartial careers information, up-to-date details on courses, funding and practical help to find employment.

The National Careers Service can be accessed by calling 0800 100 900 or by calling in to:

The Skills Hub

146 Freeman Street

Grimsby. DN32 7AJ

The team of advisors at the Skills Hub can give you the advice and guidance you need. They are all professionally qualified to give you the help you need to succeed.

You can access careers advice at any time by dropping in or by making an appointment with an advisor. All services are confidential and impartial. Advisors are based both in the Skills Hub and at a variety of other venues.

They can help with:

  • Planning and choosing your career path
  • Advice on a career change
  • Searching for jobs
  • Creating a professional and job-focused CV
  • Preparing for interviews
  • Progression options
  • Advanced learner loans
  • Higher Education (university) options including selection and application process
  • Funding information for further and higher education
  • Help finding volunteering opportunities
  • Finding work experience opportunities
  • Specialist redundancy support


Phone              01472 323540



Learning is vital to future success in work and adult life, so you can often get help with learning costs.

Colleges and training organisations currently have funds they can use, at their discretion, to help students who are experiencing hardship and need financial support to help them to start or stay on their course. These funds are limited, so they will want to target them to students who have most need. If you are having financial difficulties, speak to student support services or tutor at your training organisation.

Depending on your circumstances you may be eligible for the following.

  • 16-19 Bursary (help towards travel, meals, and equipment)
  • 19+ Discretionary Learner Support Funding including 20+ childcare Bursary (help towards travel, equipment, and crèche)

If you are aged 19 or over when you enrol, you may be eligible to receive funding towards costs. 

  • Adult Advanced Learning Loans for 19+

Advanced Learning Loans are similar to higher education loans, if you are aged 19 and over, studying at Level 3 or Level 4 (including QCF Certificates and Diplomas, Access to Higher Education, A-Levels and Advanced and Higher Apprenticeships).

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of the tuition fees for your qualification, which will be paid directly to the college on your behalf. If you go on to study at a higher level you can get another loan. You can have a maximum of four loans.