Corby: Neighbourhood Learning

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, such as First Aid, Food Safety and more

Neighbourhood learning app​

Available on Google Play, just search 'Learning Northants' or click the button below.

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​IT Basics​​Corby Library

Wednesday 5 June

​12:30pm to 2:30pm

​​IT Basics Plus ​​Corby Library

Wednesday 5 June

10am to midday

​Basic IT Skills (for Autumn Centre Members)​The Autumn Centre​Monday 10 June​10am to midday for 6 weeks
​IT Basics for Jobseekers

​Irish Centre

Next course in September

9:30am to 11:30am

​IT Basics Plus for Job Seekers​Irish Centre

Next course in September

12:30pm to 2:30pm

​Microsoft Word and Excel Skills​​​Corby Library​Wednesday 5 June12:30pm to 2:30pm for 5 weeks
​Spreadsheet Skills (Excel)Job Centre Plus

Monday 8, Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 July

12:45pm to 2:45pm
 Register your interest in IT skills

Alternatively, you can call 01604 367 119.

Course ​Venue Date Time
How to Make Effective Applications ​Corby Job Centre Plus

17 and 18 July

​Wednesday and Thursday

10:30am to 12:30pm

​Confidence with Email and Jobsite Accounts

See the IT Skills section

​7 Steps to Employability

​Irish Centre

Coming in Autumn

Register your interest

 Alternatively, you can call 01604 367 119.

​Food Safety Level 2​​​Irish Centre

Friday 28 June

9:30am to 4:30pm
​Emergency First Aid at Work level 3​​Irish Centre

Monday 1 July

​9:30am to 4:30pm

Paediatric First Aid Level 3 ​Irish CentreNext course in September​9:30am to 4:30pm
Customer Service level 2Please register your interest for new dates to be arranged soon

 Register your interest

Alternatively, you can call 01604 367 119.

Course Venue Date ​Time
​Memory Books and Journals​​The Autumn Centre, Counts Farm RoadComing soon
Healthy Cooking on a budget​The Autumn Centre, Counts Farm Road​Coming soon​10am to midday for 6 weeks
Cook In Day​​The Irish Centre​Monday 7 July​10am to 3pm
Register your interest

You can also suggest topics for future courses using the form.

​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).

​Available every Friday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm Corby Job Centre​

Take an important step to further education or progress in your work.

Following an initial six weeks 'Get Ready for Functional Skills English or Maths Course', the full course lasts a further 26 weeks. The full course leads to a City and Guilds Functional Skills Certificate.

Functional Skills courses: Autumn 2018


Date and timeLoction
​EnglishThursdays 12:30 to 2:30pm starting 20 September​The Rooftop Gallery (Old Library)
Willowplace Shopping Centre
MathsWednesdays 12:30 to 2:30pm starting 12 September​Rooftop Gallery in Corby

If interested, please email or call 01604 367 119.


Functional skills courses are free for adults aged 19 and over, who have:

  • lived in UK or EU for 3 years or more
  • not previously achieved GCSE grade 4 / C or above 

Please note:

  • These courses are not suitable for people with a low level of spoken English as a second language (ESL).
  • These are not GCSE courses. You will need to contact your local college if you are interested in GCSE courses.
  • Where else can I learn English? (PDF 413KB)

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 Wi-Fi and PC access

Corby and Danesholme libraries
Pay for computer use, but free on Fridays. Free use for job searching every day
Kingswood Neighbourhood Centre
Sponsored by KHL Big Local
Hazel Leys Neighbourhood Centre
Sponsored by KHL Big Local
Job Centre Plus
For anyone seeking work
Evolve Your Future
For anyone seeking work
The Irish Centre​Yes​No
Willow Place Shopping​Yes​No
Costa Coffee​Yes​​No
Saxon Crown​Yes​​No
Paletto LoungeYes​​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.
  • - Superb resources to help you understand all aspects of using different devices and popular programs.
  • - 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.