Adult and community learning


Middlesbrough College are on hand to provide students with career support and create bespoke training for the local community.

From support for those who are unemployed and looking to get back into work, to those who are keen to enrol onto sector based training, find out more about what you can expect.

Youth employment initiative (YEI) 

The Youth Employment Initiative is part funded by European Social Fund (ESF) and support young people aged 15 – 29 who are unemployed or inactive to progress into Education, Training or Self –Employment.

Within all of our courses, you will also be able to access support from the Employability & Projects team with CV, interview skills and any other skills to support you into gaining employment. 


To be eligible for any of our Employability programmes, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Aged over 16
  • Not in Employment Education or Training
  • Been resident of the UK for over 3 years
  • Resident of the Tees Valley (SSU and YEI only)


  • Free travel to and from college
  • Discounted lunch available
  • Support with PPE, interview clothes, DBS checks, SIA card, CSCS card
  • Childcare 

Sector based work academies 

We offer short courses as well as Sector Based Work Academies for people who are looking for work which will give you both a recognised qualification and a competitive edge when applying for jobs.  With Middlesbrough College you can learn new skills and increase your knowledge.

Courses are available in a range of sectors including:

  • Adult Social Care
  • Multi Skills in Construction (including CSCS card)
  • Food Manufacturing
  • Food Safety
  • Security Training (including SIA Licence)
  • Warehousing and Logistics (including Forklift)
  • Customer Service
  • Business Administration

Our courses are chosen around those occupations where we know vacancies exist locally.  The Employability and Projects team will help identify the most appropriate training and progression routes.

We will discuss the type of work you are looking for, explain the training required and identify the right course for you.

We will also help identify other support or qualifications you might need to gain employment.  Courses run on regular dates throughout the year and attending them will not affect your benefits.

Steps programme

The Steps programme is a 4 week programme, offers practical courses designed to provide skills to progress into employment, apprenticeships or further training. Courses are individualised and bespoke to meet individual needs and can include Functional Skills maths and English, Personal and Social Development Skills, support with Employability Skills; all learners will also be assigned a personal mentor to support throughout the programme and your chosen progression route, this maybe either one of our sector specific courses, full time college course, apprenticeship or employment. 

Pre-apprenticeship programme
This programme provides support to anyone applying for an apprenticeship; learners will get full support with applications for apprenticeships, mock interviews, work experience, team building activities, and a guaranteed interview with Northern Skills Group.

Skills support for the unemployed (SSU) 

The Skills Support for the Unemployed programme is part funded by European Social Fund (ESF) and is supports long term unemployed or inactive from the age of 16 and resident of the Tees Valley.  The programme is aimed at upskilling, and retraining unemployed to support with their progression into sustainable employment or onto a further training course.

These courses, can either be one of our sector specific courses or CV workshops, interview skills, and support with application forms. 

Skills support for the workforce (SSW) 

Skills Support for the Workforce can help businesses to develop and upskill staff through free bespoke training.

This is aimed at small, medium sized business within the Tees Valley form within the Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering sector.

If this is something you feel could benefit you or your organisation, get in touch.

Skills support for redundancy (SSR) 

Skills Support for Redundancy can offer free training for anyone who is at Risk of redundancy, or has been made redundant within the last 3 months.

This can be bespoke training to meet the needs of individuals to support gain further employment. This
can include CSCS cards, SIA, Food Safety, Forklift truck, plus many others.

Community learning

Community Learning is aimed at local community groups or centres, and can be a range of non-accredited courses and activities aimed at bringing local community groups and people together.

Activities can include: cake decorating, card making, basic sign language, Gardening, Pre-ESOL, ESOL.

As well as the above activities, we can also run some Sector Based work Academies from Community Hubs/Centres.

Distance learning

To gain a place on a course or to find out further information, you must attend one of our Awareness Sessions, these are ran on a daily basis. 

Call 01642 333378 or email adult& to book onto one of the sessions. 

Meet the Team

Middlesbrough College Employability and Projects Team

Contact Us:

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