A number of free courses for adults are set to begin to help support those affected by Covid-19.

In April, Blackburn College will launch new free courses for adults, at the Darwen Heritage Centre in Darwen town centre.

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.

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 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.”

Blackburn College will be providing free adult courses in Darwen

Blackburn College will be providing free adult courses in Darwen

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.

Principal and Chief Executive at Blackburn College, Dr Fazal Dad, 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 contact the Skills for Work Team by emailing SkillsforWorkHub@blackburn.ac.uk, call 01254 292277, or visit blackburn.ac.uk/darwen.