Blackburn College to commence adult course delivery in Darwen

Blackburn College to commence adult course delivery in DarwenBlackburn College is set to launch new free courses for adult learners in April 2021, at the Darwen Heritage Centre in Darwen town centre.

Ready to start in April 2021, the programme will provide a range of courses to engage and support the Darwen community, particularly those who are unemployed or who have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Initially, Blackburn College and the Job Centre Plus will be offering a two-week part-time Introduction to Working in Care course to introduce jobseekers to local employers in the Care sector who are currently recruiting staff, with sessions delivered in Holker House.

MP for Darwen Jake Berry said: “I’m delighted that as we begin to move out of the period of national lockdown, Blackburn College is doing everything possible to encourage people to retrain and upskill.

“The opening of this new centre will give local people the support they need to apply for new jobs in some of the most rewarding areas of work and will help our communities build back following the pandemic.

“For me, the opening of the new centre in Darwen, within one of our most historic buildings in Darwen, highlights the College’s commitment to create change in our local community and drive economic growth for our region.”

Dr Fazal Dad, Principal and Chief Executive at Blackburn College, said: “Blackburn College is delighted to be launching the Darwen Community Learning Programme, a community we are absolutely committed to supporting.

“We are very pleased to offer courses and training to adults in Darwen, some of who will be unemployed, in order to help them get started or further their career in difficult times.”

A Digital Employability Skills course is also planned for jobseekers who need to know how to use online tools such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams, while Essential Digital courses are also set to be launched.

To find out more about the Darwen Community Learning Programme, please contact our Skills for Work Team by emailing or calling 01254 292277.

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30 Mar 2021, 14:10 PM