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Looking for free training in Ashfield

If you are looking into boosting your career, you may first have to explore the skills that you need to reach your goals. You can develop these skills by accessing local training courses that are free within the Ashfield district.

Looking for free training courses?

Find out below the top skills that local employers were looking for in their job postings in 2023.

Top 10 specialised skills:

  1. Warehousing
  2. Nursing
  3. Auditing
  4. Invoicing
  5. Personal care
  6. Finance
  7. Mental health
  8. Midwifery
  9. Key performance indicators (KPIs)
  10. Machinery

Top 10 common skills:

  1. Communication
  2. Management
  3. Customer service
  4. Detail-oriented
  5. Sales
  6. Planning
  7. Teaching
  8. Leadership
  9. Organisational skills
  10. English language

Free training opportunities for Ashfield residents

Enterprising Ashfield short courses

Enterprising Ashfield is a Towns Fund project created in partnership with Nottingham Trent University that provides free training courses to Ashfield residents living in Kirkby in Ashfield and Sutton in Ashfield.

The courses take place in person at the Summit Centre, in Kirkby in Ashfield. They are held once a week and take around 2 to 5 weeks to complete. Here are some examples below of courses and their start dates in 2024.

  • 3D Printing, Laser Cutting, and CNC for Prototyping - starts 20 March 2024
  • Administration Skills for New Professionals - starts 9 April 2024
  • Women as Transformational Leaders - starts 18 April 2024
  • Social Media and Content Creation for Businesses - starts 19 April 2024
  • Better Writing Skills - starts 23 April 2024
  • Confident Presentation Skills - starts 30 April 2024
  • Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace - starts 4 June 2024
  • Product Photography using Smartphones - starts 5 June 2024
  • Exploring Neurodiversity in the Workplace - starts 11 June 2024
  • Consumer Psychology for Designers - starts 12 September 2024
  • Tax Returns for Freelancers and Small Businesses - starts 4 December 2024
  • Cyber Security: Essential Skills and Knowledge for Employees - start To Be Confirmed.

More information about how to enrol on the courses is available on Nottingham Trent University's website:

Multiply

Multiply is a new government-funded programme to help adults improve their numeracy skills.

If you’re aged 19 and over and don’t have a maths GCSE at grade C (or equivalent), you can access free numeracy courses through Multiply to build your confidence with numbers and gain a qualification.

Providers that deliver the Multiply programme in Ashfield are:

Digital Skills programme - Ashfield

As part of Ashfield District Council’s allocation of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF), a new digital skills programme has been developed and is available for communities within the Ashfield district.

Academy Transformation Trust Further Education (ATTFE) College will be delivering the programme, with the aim of supporting residents to develop basic digital skills needed for day-to-day living, such as using a mobile phone, online banking, and applying for jobs online.

Essential Skills for Life programme - Ashfield

As part of Ashfield District Council’s allocation of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF), a new basic and life skills programme has been developed and is available for communities within the Ashfield district.

The Futures Group will be delivering the programme, with the aim of supporting residents to acquire the basic and life skills needed for the workplace, including English, maths, information technology, and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).

Free courses funded through the Adult Education Budget

The Adult Education Budget (AEB) is a fund that has been set up by the government to help support the delivery of education and training to people aged 19 and over. AEB funding aims to engage adults in learning and provide them with opportunities to help attain new skills and knowledge to gain employment, progress in work, or to further their education.

Local providers that deliver AEB funded courses include:

Skills Bootcamps

Skills Bootcamps has free flexible courses of up to 16 weeks for people looking for a new role or job opportunity.

There are fully-funded courses available in many business sectors including:

  • Business administration
  • Construction
  • Engineering
  • Green skills
  • Digital skills
  • HGV driving
  • Hospitality.

Visit the Skills Bootcamps website and find the right course for you:

Local providers that deliver Skills Bootcamps include:

Transform your Future programme - Ashfield

As part of Ashfield District Council’s allocation of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF), a new programme is available to support residents that are not currently seeking work, but would like support in sharpening up their skills in order to fulfil their potential. This programme is now available for communities within the Ashfield district.

The Futures Group will be delivering the programme, with the aim of supporting residents to acquire some employability-related skills in order to prepare them to work in the future.

Page last updated: 13 March 2024