Personal Development

This page contains information about Personal Development opportunities with a focus on training and courses from national providers:


New Directions Reading is an adult learning college offering a mix of skills and community learning opportunities. Their main teaching site is in Whitley but they deliver training from many other venues across the town.

Equal Power: free online training for women. FREE online training for women on getting into politics, using your voice online and getting active in the upcoming local government elections. This programme includes spaces and support specifically for groups of women who are underrepresented across politics, including Women of Colour and Disabled women. You don’t need any existing knowledge or experience. Sign up for several different sessions or just one, whatever works for you.

Alison is one of the world’s largest free learning platforms for education and skills training. Alison is dedicated to making it possible for anyone, to study anything, anywhere, at any time, for free online, at any subject level.


The Skills Network offer paid-for accredited distance learning courses on a wide range of subjects at levels 1-4 as well as CPD certification. Some courses may be available fully funded if you meet the eligibility criteria.


Future Learn is a 100% online platform providing access to courses on a huge variety of subjects provided by universities and industry experts from across the globe.  Many of the short courses can be accessed free of charge and are a great way to explore a new topic or skill. Paid for accredited courses are also available.


OpenLearn is a free learning platform, delivered by The Open University aiming to support the wellbeing of the community. There is a wide range of free courses available, including a selection specifically designed for volunteers.


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