MORE adults than ever are getting back into learning, according to the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) in Lancashire.

More than 1,300 adults have received an Adult Learning Grant in the county over the last year, allowing them to embark on new qualifications and learn new skills.

Adult Learners Week takes place from May 19 to 26, and the LSC is reminding people the deadline for applications for the grant this academic year is May 30.

The Adult Learning Grant, a means tested allowance of up to £30 per week is open to adults resident in England aged 19 or over.

It can provide funding to help gain a first full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification.

The grant is being piloted in Lancashire, and will be rolled out nationwide from August.

Ian Haworth, director of Lancashire LSC, said: "The Adult Learning Grant has helped many adults realise new ambitions, transforming their lives through learning.

"Young mothers have been helped to return to work, individuals have changed careers and boosted their prospects whilst others have taken the opportunity to learn a new skill."

Further information on the Adult Learning Grant can be found by calling 0800 100 900 or visiting