Adult Learner Awards 2020


Unfortunately, we couldn’t hold our usual celebration to appreciate the great achievements of our adult learners, but we wanted to ensure that their achievements don’t go unrecognised.

Over the past year, they have worked immensely hard to earn their qualifications and continue their studies, despite unprecedented and difficult circumstances.

There were four awards up for grabs, and the winners were:

  • Adam Rutherford, winner of the English and Maths Learner of the Year award
  • Shay Raper, winner of the Jeanette Hedley Apprentice of the Year award
  • Daniel Barber, winner of the Young Leader of the Year award
  • Antoyha Amis, winner of the Sandra Girvan Adult Learner of the Year award

This year, we asked all of our award winners, as well as those who were highly commended, to take photos with their awards, or record short video messages. You can watch the video here:

Adult Learning Courses from September 2020


Welcome to our latest prospectus for adult learning and skills courses in North Tyneside for 2020/21

Download the Prospectus

Download our Term 1 2020-21 Course List

Learning a new skill is one of the most fulfilling things that life has to offer, so North Tyneside Council and Tyne Metropolitan College have once again worked together to ensure that it is easier than ever. With a wide range of courses to improve your existing skills, enhance job prospects, or simply try something new – the prospectus offers opportunities for people at any stage of their life.

Courses run throughout the day and in the evenings to allow flexibility for learners – there are also distance learning courses for those who have other commitments such as work and family and may not have the time available.

Together, North Tyneside Council’s Adult Learning Service and TyneMet College aim to support everyone in North Tyneside to reach their full potential and this prospectus will signpost you to the very best adult learning courses available.

All courses have been designed to provide great value for money and many people may find that they will be able to study for free, or at a reduced price, so take a look and see what could suit you.

Note to all Learners: In order to prioritise the safety and wellbeing of our learners and employees, we may need to adjust courses from what is published in this prospectus to comply with Government regulations and guidance. Wherever possible we will provide online learning alongside classroom-based activity. We will continue to work to ensure all learners have access to support with learning, skills and employment.

Back to Work Service

North Tyneside Council’s Employment and Skills Service has launched a new free Back to Work Service to assist local businesses and residents with employment and skills support during this difficult period.

If you are a business in North Tyneside seeking support with recruitment, retention of staff or skills and training advice.

If you are resident requiring careers information, advice and guidance, employment support, training or help with searching for and securing a job.

Please contact our Advisers on:

Tel: 0191 6432111
Message on Facebook: @NTAdultLearning
Message on Twitter: @NTEmployment

You can find out how the service is already supporting residents and businesses here:

Free Distance Learning Courses – Available Now!!

The service continues to provide Adult Learning and training for Apprentices with Tutors providing online learning resources to ensure we continue to meet your learning and skills needs. To check start dates and to enrol on our FREE distance learning courses e-mail or call 0191 6432288 and leave a message.

We are adding new courses to undertake via distance learning all of the time. The current courses we have available are listed below. Click on them to find out more about the course:

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Children and Young Peoples Mental Health

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Awareness of Mental Health Problems

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Behaviour that Challenges

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Equality and Diversity

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Awareness of Safeguarding and PREVENT

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Childhood Illnesses

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate Introducing Caring for Children and Young People

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in End of Life Care

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Customer Service

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Nutrition and Health

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Business Administration

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Team Leading

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Advice and Guidance

NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Excellence in Customer Service in Hospitality

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of the Prevention and Control of Infection in Health Care Settings

NCFE CACHE Level 1 Certificate in Digital Skills

Feedback from one of our Adult Learners

‘I must admit when I started this course I was not sure if it was going to be for me, but now I could not imagine doing anything else. I have learned so much, not just about supporting children and teachers but also how to develop my skills more. I have enjoyed this course and it has helped me realise how much I want to help children in a positive way. I am grateful to the Adult Learning Services for these life changing services they run enabling us adults to better ourselves for working opportunities. I have already enrolled in one of the distance learning courses and have set my goal to be completed in 4 weeks so I can start the next one over the summer holidays and am very interested in doing the Autism course in September. I will be continuously educating myself where I can to develop ways to help children’.

Free distance learning courses available

Trying to study around work and family can be hard. Why not study flexibly through distance learning? The Employment and Skills Service are offering free accredited distance learning (online) courses for those aged 19+ in the follow areas:

• Level 2 Awareness in Mental Health Problems
• Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Behaviour that Challenges
• Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Common Childhood Illnesses
• Level 2 Certificate in Children and Young People’s Mental Health
• Level 2 Certificate Introducing Caring for Children
• Level 2 Certificate in Advice & Guidance
• Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Customer Service
• Level 2 Certificate in Equality & Diversity

All courses are between 14 – 20 weeks long and are perfect if you want to develop your skills or if you just have an interest in these areas.

The next induction date is Tuesday June 25 and anyone interested can enrol onto one of these courses by ringing the Adult Learning Service enrolment line on 0191 643 2288 or e-mail

In addition, the Employment and Skills Service offer a wide range of other courses. Further information is available on their website

Extension of Generation NE to support Youth Employment

Generation NE is a major programme of employment support for young people aged 18- 29 which has been designed locally, in partnership with employers and Jobcentre Plus since 2014.

We have now secured additional European Social Fund (ESF) funding to broaden and continue the programme until 2022. The programme has three main aims:

• To support young people to enter and remain in employment, training, apprenticeships, traineeships and work experience
• To help businesses to recruit and to future proof their workforce with young people
• To provide impartial advice for young people and businesses on the range of services and options open to them

In North Tyneside, the project has supported 966 young people to date with 751 (78%) moving into employment, further training and volunteering and work experience.

Addressing Mental Health issues through Adult Learning

The Adult Learning tutors are successfully supporting disadvantaged local residents to improve their mental health and move on in their lives. ‘Susan’ suffered from agoraphobia and mental health problems and it took a lot of courage for her to enrol on maths and English classes. Since then she has attended regularly and passed her entry level maths and English qualifications. Alongside this tutors supported her to complete a qualification in Personal and Social skills which helped develop thinking through some of the personal issues she was facing. She is now working towards achieving Functional Skills level 1 in maths and English.

Susan’s growth in confidence has been amazing – before Christmas she went on holiday for the first time in twenty years. Up until recently she would not leave home or use public transport without support. Susan started her new job two weeks ago working in a local staff canteen. She says ‘I have loads more confidence than what I used to have. A year ago I wouldn’t even go out the house by myself. Staff have been really helpful too and listen to anything and help with anything I find difficult. I’ve got a job now which I never thought would be possible but thanks to coming here it has happened.’

The wider benefits of adult learning

Eleven local residents are currently enrolled on a drawing course with the Adult Learning Service. Last week they spoke of how they are gaining much more from the course than simply acquiring a new skill.

One man described how the tutor has taken him from the very basics of drawing to setting up his own business selling his work to the general public. Other learners talked about the benefits of ‘learning something new every week’; of how the course has prevented them from becoming socially isolated; of how it has improved their mental health; of their amazement at the progress that they have made in such a short space of time; and how the course has pushed them outside their comfort zone.