Neighbourhood Learning, Corby: Learning for Work

Free learning for work and community courses:

  • learn something new in a local community venue near you
  • increase your confidence and wellbeing
  • take a next step towards employability, volunteering and joining in the community
  • includes free work related qualifications:  First Aid, Food Safety and more

Neighbourhood learning app​

Available on Google Play, just search "Learning Northants", click the button or view at h.theapp.mobi/nllearners

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To book onto a course, please ring 01604 367119 or email al-supportservices@northamptonshire.gov.uk:

Courses​Venue and contact detailsStart dates and times

IT basics for job seekers:                      
5weekly sessions

​Irish Centre
Call 01604 367119 or email

​​Monday 26 February
9:30am to 11:30am

Confidence with Email and Jobsite accounts
3 sessions in one week
Job Centre Plus
Ask your Work Coach, call 01604 367119 or email

Starts Monday 19 March
12.45pm to 2.45pm
Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday

​IT basics for new users:
5 to 6 weekly sessions 

Corby Library
Register at Library reception, call 01604 367119 or email

Friday 23 February
2:30pm to 4:30pm

Monday 26 February
2:30pm to 4:30pm

Wednesday 28 February
10:30pm to 12:30pm

​IT Basics Follow on course:
5 weekly sessions

Corby Library
Register at Library reception, call 01604 367119 or email

Wednesday 28 February
1:30pm to 3:30pm

Spreadsheet intro (Excel) 
3 sessions in one week

Job Centre Plus
Call 01604 367119 or email
Monday 19 February
12:45 pm to 2:45pm
Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday

Word processing intro
5 weeks

Corby Library
Register at  Library reception, call 01604 367119 or email
​Thursday 1 March
10:30am to 12:30pm
Back to Work Skills
4 weekly sessions
Danesholme Library
Call 01604 367119 or email
​Friday 23 February
9:45am to 11:45am 
Food safety Level 2
Full day​

Irish Centre
Call 01604 367119 or email

​Monday 19 February
9:30am to 5pm
First Aid Level 2
Full day
Irish Centre
Call 01604 367119 or email
​Next course to be confirmed (mid April) Please call 01604 367119 to register your interest
​Customer Service Level 2
Full Day
Irish Centre
Call 01604 367119 or email

Monday 5 March
9:30am to 4:30pm

Food Allergen Awareness Level 2
(Full day)

Irish Centre
Call 01604 367119 or email
​Tuesday 20 March
10:00am to 4:00pm
Selling on eBay
4 weekly sessions
​​Irish Centre
Call 01604 367119 or email
​Date to be confirmed - please call 01604 367119 if you are interested
eSafety - Staying safe online

1 session

Corby Library
Register at  Library reception, call 01604 367119 or email
​Date to be confirmed - please call 01604 367119 if you are interested
Get to grips with your Android tablet (not iPad)
3 weekly sessions
Corby Library
Register at  Library reception, call 01604 367119 or email
​Date to be confirmed - please call 01604 367119 if you are interested

​If you're finding using Universal Credit online a challenge, you would like a hand using your mobile better or you have another IT issue, then book a free half-hour session through your Work Coach at The Job Centre Plus, with Jonathan Sheldon (IT Tutor).

​Date​Location
​Available every Friday between 1:30pm to 3:30pm Corby Job Centre​

We will try to help you find ways to take your new skills and enthusiasm further for more learning, volunteering and towards employment. Some of our courses can lead onto a nationally recognised qualifications.

Next steps

Neighbourhood Learning partners throughout Northamptonshire range from housing associations and town councils to libraries and from the Job Centre Plus to day centres for disabled and elderly people.

Neighbourhood Learning helps us offer our users things we can’t do ourselves through Northamptonshire Libraries

- Clare Boughton, Librarian (Corby)  

Recent courses in other local Corby centres, available to our partners ​     

  • ​'Mindfulness' at Coronation Park Hub
  • ​'Back to work skills' for people returning to work at Kingswood Neighbourhood Centre
  • First Aid Level 2 at Kingswood Neighbourhood Centre
  • ​'IT basics on a laptop' and IT+ Follow On at Beanfield Community Centre
  • Make a Photobook with photos from your tablet at Teamwork Trust
  • Pottery at Teamwork Trust and Patrick Road Resource Centres

Current partners in Corby

  • Corby Library, George Street
  • Job Centre Plus, George Street
  • The Irish Centre, Patrick Road
  • The Beanfield Centre, Beanfield Road
  • Kingswood Neighbourhood Centre, Alberta Way
  • Teamwork Trust, St James Road
  • Patrick Road Resource Centre (Olympus Care)

Let's talk about how we can help your clients and users to progress towards employability, volunteering and independent living in the community. Please contact:

Profile picture of Jonathan Sheldon Jonathan Sheldon

07834 496013

The Adult Learning Service offers a range of courses including: arts, beauty therapy, sport, languages and information technology. They are available across the county, as well as locally in Corby.

These courses are mainly 'paid for', although significant discount are available to adults on benefits.

Organisations offering free IT courses

As well as the Adult Learning Services and Corby Library there are:

Organisation and location​​Details
Evolve your future
Corby Volunteer Services
Old TA Building, Elizabeth Street
​A wide range of courses to help job seekers increase their skills and gain employment. Evolve is also the local centre for National Careers Service.
Learn Direct
1 Wood Street
Courses to increase your IT skills. Learn Direct will help you gain certified awards in IT, Maths and English up to level 2.

Free WiFi and PC access

​Location​WiFi​Computers
Corby and Danesholme libraries
Pay for computer use, but free on Fridays. Free use for job searching every day
Yes​Yes
Kingswood Neighbourhood Centre
Sponsored by KHL Big Local
​Yes​Yes
Hazel Leys Neighbourhood Centre
Sponsored by KHL Big Local
​Yes​Yes
Job Centre Plus
For anyone seeking work
​Yes​Yes
Evolve Your Future
For anyone seeking work
​Yes​Yes
The Irish Centre​Yes​No
Willow Place Shopping​Yes​No
Costa Coffee​Yes​​No
Saxon Crown​Yes​​No
Paletto LoungeYes​​No
McDonaldsYes

​​No

Support from local mobile phones shops

Please contact the individual provider or visit them to discuss your needs.

​Provider​Support for​Phone set-up and date transfer​One-to-one appointment​Wider IT support
​3​Clients only​​Free​No​N/A
​O2​Anyone​Free​Free​O2 Guru
​Carphone Warehouse​Clients only​​Free​No​N/A
​EE​Clients only​​Free​Informally​Talk to us
​VodafoneClients only​​Free​Yes (paid for)​YouTube
  • ​Learn my way - Easy to use tutorials for IT beginners; everything from using a computer to social media and online banking.
  • GCFLearnFree.org - Superb resources to help you understand all aspects of using different devices and popular programs.
  • Alison.com - Free online courses for all popular aspects of computing, including advanced certified courses.
  • Get Safe Online - Help for you to understand staying safe online.

What courses do you want in Corby?

Contribute to our survey to give feedback on courses you want to be provided. 
You can also call 07834 496013 or email Jonathan Sheldon to make your suggestions.

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