What is Neighbourhood Learning?

Welcome to Neighbourhood Learning, part of Northamptonshire County Council’s Adult learning.  We are here to offer Learning for Work courses in the communities of Corby, Kettering, Northampton and Wellingborough.

Local community learning

Our course are focussed on developing skills to help people get back to work and also provide opportunities to increase wellbeing and confidence. Please visit our Corby, Kettering, Northampton pages or get in touch with your local Curriculum Coordinator for more details of courses running in your area.

Because we focus on creating local learning opportunities, our courses are arranged by local ‘Curriculum Coordinators’ who partner with groups and organisations, each based in one of our targeted localities.

Quality teaching and learning

Our courses are run in small groups by qualified, experienced tutors to help you develop new skills and confidence. By the end of a course, you will often achieve a nationally accredited AIM Award certificate. Neighbourhood Learning provides engaging lessons and training activities that promote effective learning. 

All learners benefit from receiving good personal and learning support and the programme is successful in helping learners progress to employment. You can read our Neighbourhood Learning success stories to learn about the positive benefits of attending a course.

We are accountable for quality both to OFSTED and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) who provide funding for this valuable resource in our communities. Our dedicated team were graded ‘Good’ by OFSTED in 2016 and we are working hard all the time to improve.

Steps beyond Neighbourhood Learning

As part of taking a Neighbourhood Learning course, we try to help our learners take their new found skills and confidence further. We offer individuals information, advice and guidance through other funded IAG advisors in the area.

  • Within NCC’s Adult Learning service, Neighbourhood Learning has close links with Learn2b, Family Learning and PCDL programmes. These can often provide the ‘next step’ for our learners.
  • As part of the wider network of providers in the county, we also encourage learners towards further local learning or volunteering opportunities that are available.

Thanks for your interest, I hope you find the information on these pages helpful. As Neighbourhood Learning Manager I'm always happy to speak with you.

Sue Bennett, Team Manager

list of organisations adult learning is suppoorted by, includes Skills Funding Agency, City & Guilds and AIM Awards