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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Stockton Council Learning and Skills Service

Stockton Council Learning and  Skills Service have delivered learning programmes in the Tees Valley for more than 50 years. Our programmes and qualifications are delivered by tutors who are skilled, experienced and friendly offering a flexible service tailored to your needs helping you to develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning. 


Why choose us?

With more than 50 years experience in teaching, training, and delivering qualifications you can be assured that we will provide you with the training to meet local and national needs as well as information advice and guidance to progress to further learning or employment. At a recent inspection in June 2018 Ofsted graded us 'good' overall and praised many aspects of our delivery.


How to Enrol

There are several ways that you can enrol on one of our courses.


You can enrol online by completing our online enrolment form.

Enrol Online

You can enrol with us over the telephone: 01642 527904 if you are paying for a course using a credit/debit card. Telephone Opening Hours Monday - Thursday 8am to 5.30pm and Fridays 8am - 5pm.

In person or by post
If you would like to enrol in person or by post, you can print and complete the booking form and return it to the Stockton Council Learning and Skills team.

Address: Stockton Council Learning and Skills, The Community Centre, The Causeway, Billingham, TS23 2DA

Our opening hours Monday - Thursday 8.30am - 4.30pm Fridays 8.30am - 4pm

Download the Learning and Skills enrolment form 18/19.

View our new prospectus for 2018 - 19.


View the Stockton Council Learning and Skills Learner Information Booklet.

Visit the Learning, Skills and Employment Support for Employers page for further information.


Course Directory 

Community Learning

Our Community Learning courses cover a diverse range of subjects to support the health and wellbeing of the residents of Stockton-on-Tees. This includes building stronger communities with social inclusion for all, providing a clean green Borough and supporting families to give the children the best start in life.

The courses we offer include:

Health and Well-Being

  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Confidence Building
  • Art
  • Photography
  • Safeguarding
  • Food Hygiene and Barista Training
  • Café Experience
  • Marketing
  • One Pot Cookery
  • Personal Budgeting
  • Teacher Training (Adults)
  • Gardening for Personal and Community Ventures
  • Training for Carers
  • E-safety
  • Introduction to Coding
  • Sports Fitness
  • Local History 

Family Learning

Family Learning is free provision to support parents and carers of all key stage 1, 2, 3 and 4 children. Courses are delivered in schools and community hubs across the Borough of Stockton-on-Tees. Our curriculum offer covers a wide range of topics. Course content is designed in consultation with schools and hubs to meet the needs of the local community.

Courses available include:

  • School Readiness
  • Speech and Language Support (Talk Together)
  • Keeping up with the Children (Maths and English)
  • Enterprise
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Class of Mum and Dad
  • Sport and Fitness
  • Positive Parenting
  • Cooking on a Budget
  • Safeguarding
  • Gardening
  • Internet Safety
  • Family Budgeting
  • Recycle Reuse

Distance Learning

With Stockton Council Learning and Skills range of distance learning courses you can gain level 2, fully accredited qualifications in many different subjects from the comfort of your own home. Many courses are fully funded, meaning they are totally FREE to any anyone who completes the course.

Accreditation enables learners to improve their chances of employment and develop

new skills. Employers can also increase the skills of their workforce.

Courses include:

  • Awareness of Mental Health Problems
  • Counselling Skills
  • Customer Service
  • Dementia Care
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Improving Personal Exercise,Health and Nutrition
  • Information Advice and Guidance
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Retail Operations
  • Team Leading
  • Understanding Autism
  • Understanding Behaviour that Challenges
  • Understanding Safeguarding and Prevent
  • Working with People with Mental Health 


Our free digital skills courses are delivered to learners of all ages and abilities. From Digital Skills for beginners, learners can progress on to Level 1 and Level 2 Digital Skills and ICT Functional Skills Entry 3 to Level 2. Courses are delivered using a combination of tablets, PC’s and online training. IT User Skills will be taught on PCs using Microsoft Office software. All learners must have an initial assessment before being able to enrol onto an appropriate class.

Courses include:

  • Digital Skills for Beginners (ITQ E3)
  • Internet Safety for Beginners
  • Digital Skills for Form Filling
  • ICT Functional Skills
  • L1 Certificate in IT User Skills (ITQ)
  • L2 Certificate in IT User Skills (ITQ)

English and Maths

Stockton Council Learning and Skills offer free English and maths classes in Billingham, Stockton and the surrounding area. If you need to improve your English and maths to secure employment, to support your children or grandchildren or to refresh your own skills and build your confidence we have a course for you.

Courses include:

  • Functional Skills English and Maths qualifications from entry level (beginners) to level 2
  • GCSE Maths
  • Family Learning English and Maths – bespoke courses to support parents and carers with children in key stages 1 and 2
  • ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

We deliver ESOL from pre-entry to level 2 in Stockton-On-Tees. Our courses will help you

develop your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills for daily life, study and work.

  • Ascentis ESOL qualification from Entry Level (beginners) to Level 2
  • Family Learning ESOL
  • Functional Skills maths for ESOL learners
  • Computers for ESOL learners
  • Community interpreting

Course costs are dependent on your individual circumstances and the number of sessions attended. The

full cost would be £40 a session per term but is free or half price in most instances.


Just left school and wanting to go down the route of an apprenticeship? Or maybe you just want a change to your career path. There are lots of benefits to doing an Apprenticeship. You can earn while you learn, and learn in a way that is best suited to you – through hands-on experience on the job. There is no upper age limit!

Alongside community courses we offer apprenticeships, study programmes and assistance for those looking to get into employment. 

For further information on Apprenticeships please telephone Mike Elliott: 01642 528764.

Stockton Council Learning and Skills offer the following apprenticeships:

  • Business Admin Level 2
  • Business Admin Level 3
  • Customer Service Level 2 (Optional Units for Retail)
  • Customer Service Level 3 (Optional Units for Retail)
  • Health & Social Care Level 2 (Adult Care Worker) Standard
  • Health & Social Care Level 3 (Lead Adult Care Worker) Standard
  • Childcare Level 2
  • Early Years Workforce L3
  • ICT Professionals Level 2
  • ICT Professionals Level 3
  • CMI Level 3 Team Lead & First Line Management (Apprenticeship Standard)
  • CMI Level 5 Operations Departmental Management (Apprenticeship Standard)

Courses to help you find work

Stockton Council Learning and Skills offer a range of courses to help you find work.

Fast Forward is a 3 week course covering key employability skills.

Topics will include:

  • Skills Audit
  • CV Building & ‘Find me a job’session
  • Assessment of Digital Skills
  • Communication/Customer Service Skills
  • Team Building
  • Identifying realistic job goals/Tees Valley Labour Market
  • One to one IAG interviews

We also offer Level 2 qualification Door Supervision, consisting of the following units:

  • Level 2 - Working in the Private Security Industry
  • Level 2 - Working as a Door Supervisor
  • Level 2 - Conflict Management
  • Level 2 - Physical Intervention

We are working with Phoenix Security and AES Security who will interview successful completers and provide work if appropriate.

Full Cost Courses

Creative Woodcraft

Spanish (Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced)



Privacy Statement - How we use your personal information

The personal information you provide is passed to the Chief Executive of Skills Funding (The Agency) and when needed, the Department for Education, including the Education Funding Agency to meet legal responsibilities under the Apprenticeships, Learning Records Service (LRS) to create and maintain a unique learner number (ULN) and a Personal Learning Record (PLR). The information you provide may be shared with other organisations for education, training, employment and well-being related purposes, including research. 

Further information about use of and access to your personal data, and details of organisations with whom we regularly share data are available on GOV.UK - SFA Privacy Notice.


Help with funding

You may be entitled to fee exemptions or reductions depending on your circumstances. We also offer Learning Support if you have additional learning needs and discretionary learner support for help with hardship circumstances (Adult Skills courses only).

Please be aware that your course maybe part funded by the European Union Social Fund. 

Rated 'Good' by Ofsted and 'Outstanding' for Community Learning.


Governing Body

We are pleased to inform you that our Service Governing Body has now been officially established.

Our board consists of:

  • Chair of Governors: Councillor Nigel Cooke - Elected member for Economic Regeneration and Transport (also Link Governor for Equality and Diversity)
  • Vice Chair of Governors: Frances Hoy - Personnel Manager for NIFCO UK Ltd
  • Member: Craig Taylor - Learning and Skills Manager 
  • Member: Katie Horbury- Learner Representative
  • Member: Jacqui Taylor - Employer/Education Representative
  • Member: Chris Renahan - Economic Growth and Spatial Development Manager, Stockton Borough Council
  • Member: James Hadman - Voice Development Officer, Catalyst - representing the voluntary and community sector - also Link Governor for the Prevent agenda
  • Member: Councillor Jim Beall - Elected member for Adult Services - also Link Governor for Safeguarding
  • Member vacancies: we are looking to recruit another learner representative, ideally from the adult skills provision and also another employer representative.    


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