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Here at Blackburn with Darwen Adult Learning, one of our key priorities is to help people progress into work, training or further learning. We have a wide range of FREE sessions, courses and services to support you in upskilling and preparing for employment. 

Perhaps you are looking to boost your CV? We offer qualifications such as Customer Care, Health and Social Care, First Aid, Food Safety and Safeguarding.

Volunteering can also be a great option. We work closely with the Lancashire Volunteer Partnership to guide you to find the right placement.

If you are unsure about your options for learning, training or work, we have advisors from the National Careers Service ready to help you.​


Our Employability courses will enable you to:

  • Build and enhance your CV

  • Make the first steps towards your career pathway

  • Acquire relevant employability skills and knowledge needed by employees

  • Upskill and prepare you for employment

  • Gain valuable and bespoke training  for volunteers


For those wishing to enhance their career pathway, we also offer qualifications and routes to further/higher education, volunteering and employment.



Our Employability service covers a wide range of courses, from Interview Skills and Customer Care, to introductory sessions for those aiming to work in Retail, Health and Social care


We have tutors on hand to help with your CV or job application.

In our First Aid sessions you can learn practical lifesaving skills such as the recovery position and treating minor injuries.

If your role requires you to handle food and drink, our Food Safety courses will give you the skills and knowledge required.



Becoming a volunteer can be a very positive experience. You will meet new people, develop new skills, and make a huge difference to your community.


Have a look at the wide range of opportunities on offer with the Lancashire Volunteer Partnership (LVP). 

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The National Careers Service provides free course and career advice to everyone. Perhaps you are unsure of your next career move, or wanting to return to work?

We can help with:

  • Job application forms

  • CVs and cover letters

  • Interview techniques

  • Effective job search

  • Courses/Training

Call on (01254) 588891 or simply drop in to any of our centres make an appointment.

Advice is free, confidential and impartial. 

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Tel: 0800 328 5644 (Free, Mon-Fri, 8am to 6pm)

You can manage you account online by signing in here.


I'm very grateful to all the teachers and staff who gave us the opportunity to learn and improve our skills. Now I feel confident to do something with my career. 


  Our courses include:

  • Customer care

  • Reception skills

  • Health & social care

  • Safeguarding

  • Conflict management

  • Health & safety

  • Fire safety awareness

  • Food safety

  • First aid at work

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See the course programme for full details of current sessions.

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