Learning and skills development


Continuing your learning journey as an adult will have a positive impact on many areas of your life. 

How we live and work is changing all the time: advancements in technology, changes in society, family commitments, our health and wellbeing and the culture of work all affect the way in which we work and live.

Keeping up with changes can feel daunting, especially if you have been out of work or education for a long time.  

Across the city there are arrange of training providers, further education settings and organisations that provide community learning courses.

Whether you are looking to enrol in to full time formal education, part time courses, pursue a hobby, get self-employment support, develop your skills or build on existing knowledge and interests there is something for everyone here in Preston.

Useful Organisations…


Inspira empowers young people and adults to reach their potential in work, life and society; offering a wide range of services and delivering programmes across the North West. If you are looking for experts in careers advice and personal development – you’ve come to the right place.

We are still operating online to

Support for Furloughed Workers/Staff at Risk of Redundancy

Support for Pupils

Support for Job Seekers

Progress Futures Team

One to One employment, training and education support and guidance 

Weekly Zoom sessions, Focused sessions around mental wellbeing, Housing, Covid 19 and fun quiz sessions.

 Support and guidance with Universal Credit and other benefits

Money advice from our Financial inclusion team

 One to one local meetings in a local area remembering social distancing ( these are at case workers and participants discretion )

Contact Katie Hockley 


 Mobile: 07976 917 579

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The Growth Company

The Growth Company Employment helps to make a lasting difference to the lives of people throughout the North of England. Supporting individuals to gain meaningful employment; a foundation on which to improve their quality of life, that of their families and their communities. Our teams of experienced Key Workers offer one-to-one support, co-producing action plans with their customers that encourage high aspirations and the opportunity to gain the skills necessary to make their aspirations a reality.

Please visit:

The Growth Company – Employment (gcemployment.uk) for more information

Read Easy UK is a national charity which provides free, confidential one-to-one reading coaching for adults from trained volunteers, through locally-run, affiliated volunteer groups.

Read Easy will help any adult who either can’t read or who lacks confidence with reading, for whatever reason.

You can refer readers from Preston to our local Coordinators by telephone or email.

Local Preston Coordinators:

Preston North: Carole Yates  07949 291081

Email: prestoncoordinator2@readeasy.org.uk

Preston South: Rachel Pearson 07710 696416

Email: prestoncoordinator@readeasy.org.uk

For more information see the link below: 

Learn to read – ReadEasy