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Training / Education

Below is information about training and educational opportunities available, to help you with your caring role.

Get involved in adult learning...

Durham County Council's Adult Learning and Skills Service offer a wide range of adult learning courses that can lead to a recognised national qualification, develop your knowledge and skills or widen your horizons by meeting new people. View the latest learning guide.

For further information contact the Adult Learning and Skills Service on 03000 266 115 or by email

Do you need a qualification in maths or English?

Durham County Council's Adult Learning and Skills Service offer free maths and English courses in community centres, children's centres and libraries across County Durham. Most of our classes are flexible; you can join at any time of the year.

Improving your reading, writing and number skills can help you: 

  • Fill in forms and write letters 
  • Help your children with their homework 
  • Improve your job prospects 
  • Progress on to other courses 

Call our Learning Advisers on 03000 266 115 or email 

Free E-Learning courses

If you are looking to up-skill or enhance your current skills Durham County Council's Adult Learning and Skills Service offer a range of free E-Learning courses. You can complete the courses at a time and place to suit you, all you need is a computer with internet access. 

Courses available: 

  • Environmental sustainability 
  • Healthy living 
  • Health and safety 
  • Managing personal finances 
  • Food safety in catering 
  • Internet safety for IT users 
  • Understanding employment, business and enterprise 

Courses can be completed in as little as nine learning hours. For more information contact Adult Learning and Skills Service on 03000 266 115 or email


The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) supports, funds and co-ordinates the delivery of apprenticeships throughout England.

Durham County Carers Support

Durham County Carers Support is an independent, charitable organisation providing information, advice and support to carers. Durham County Carers Support offers a wide range of local, confidential support services to adult and parent carers.


From improving your maths and English skills to give you more confidence, to work based courses such as NVQs, Learndirect have a range of flexible online courses to suit all levels. Learndirect understands that it can be hard to fit in learning around family and work commitments, so their courses allow you to learn at a time and place to suit you.

Learn my way

Learn my way is provided by UK Online Centres to offer new internet users and tutors in computer centres a range of easy courses and useful resources.