Kettering: 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

Neighbourhood learning app

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

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​IT Drop in for job seekers

Work & Wellbeing Zone, Kettering Library​

Every Tuesday from 5 February11am to midday 
Practical help to search and apply for work onlineWork & Wellbeing Zone, Kettering Library​Every Tuesday from 5 February​12:30 to 2:30pm
​Course​Venue​Date​Time and sessions

​IT Skills for Work

Improve skills for an office environment

Kettering Library: The Work Zone​Starts 6 November

12:30 to 2:30pm, weekly sessions


​IT Basics

​KCU, Gold Street, NN16 8JA 

01536 481989 or

Wednesday 16 January

Wednesday 27 February

10am to midday for 5 weeks

10am to midday for 6 weeks

IT Basics Follow On​KCU, Gold Street, NN16 8JA 

01536 481989 or

​Wednesday 27 February​1 to 3pm for 6 weeks
Microsoft Word and Excel Skills​KCU, Gold Street, NN16 8JA 

01536 481989 or

​Wednesday 16 January 1 to 3pm for 5 weeks
Register your interest
​Course​Venue​DateTime and sessions
​How to Make Effective Applications

​Kettering Job Centre Plus

Ask your work coach at Kettering JCP or register using the form below

Monday 28 January and Tuesday (@KCU) 29 January

Monday 25 and Tuesday (@KCU) February

Mondays 12:30 to 1:30pm
Tuesdays 3 to 4pm

Intro to work in Health and Social Care​KCU

01536 481989 or

​Monday 14 January9:30am to 2:30pm for 3 weeks
Career Planning: AIM certified unit​KCU

01536 481989 or

​Thursday 17 January​10am to midday for 6 weeks
Interview Skills​KCU

01536 481989 or

​Monday 18 February​9:30am to 2:30pm
Foundations for Work​KCU

01536 481989 or

​Monday 25 February​6 sessions, Monday and Thursdays from 9:30am to 2:30pm
Register your interest
Health and Safety at Work Level 2To be announced
​Customer Service Level 2

KCU, Gold Street, NN16 8JA

01536 481 989 or

Thursday 21 March2 weekly sessions at 9:30am to 2:30pm
Emergency ​First Aid at Work Level 3​KCU, Gold Street, NN16 8JA

01536 481 989 or

Monday 4 February9:30am to 4:30pm
​Conflict Management Level 2

KCU, Gold Street, NN16 8JA

01536 481 989 or

​​​Monday 18 March3 weekly sessions at 9:30am to 2:30pm
 Register your interest
​Course ​Venue ​Date ​Time
Makaton Introduction​KCU

01536 481989 or

​Thursday 17 January​10am to midday for 4 weeks
PECs communication introduction KCU

01536 481989 or

Thursday 19 February

1 to 3pm for 4 weeks
Register your interest 

You can also suggest courses, such as Mindfulness, Managing your money, Healthy Cooking, Confidence and Self-esteem​.

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 last a further 26 weeks. The full course leads to a City and Guilds Functional Skills Certificate.

Functional skills courses: Autumn 2018
​Proposed to start in October 2018

Proposed to start in October 2018

If you are 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 AIM qualification.

Next steps

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


 All your tutors care for, encourage and go that extra mile for our learners.

- Gill Correa, KCU (Kettering)

Our current partners in Kettering include:

  • KCU, Fuller Baptist Church, Gold Street
  • The Resource Centre, 9 Grange Place
  • Eden Centre, 21 Montagu Street

Through discussion with your local curriculum co-ordinator we can help your clients and users to progress towards employability, volunteering and independent living in the community.

We welcome enquiries from local organisations in our towns who would like to know more about how we can work together. You can find out more about offering a Neighbourhood Learning course through your organisation as a partner by contacting your local curriculum co-ordinator:

Helen Doel

07834 006 312

Other adult learning courses

The adult learning service offers a range of course including: arts, beauty therapy, sport, languages and information technology.

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