Keighley College prepares adults to retrain with free courses

14 June, 2023 11:10 am

We are offering adults a wide range of free courses that will help learners upskill or retrain in growing sectors in the region, such as  health, digital, and science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects.

According to a report by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, around two-thirds (65%) of employers have upskilling needs in the region, driven by new working practices, new technology / equipment and regulatory requirements. 

It has also been reported that 32% of people have no qualifications in Keighley compared with 26% across West Yorkshire. The college will be using its free course provision to address the skills shortages and boost opportunities in the district.

With new technologies, accompanied by demographic and environmental change, the demand for people to retrain or upskill has heightened. As such, skills that include critical thinking and problem solving – which complement the new technologies – will become increasingly important in the future.

Kevin O’Hare, Principal at Keighley College, said: “We are witnessing a transformation in technological advancements. While the growth of technology offers the possibility of developing new skills, it will also come with the displacement of different types of jobs.

“As educators, we play a key role in adapting to the changing landscape and help learners develop in-demand skills. Gaining a Level 3 qualification can boost income, help people stand out and gain skills that employers value.”

“At the heart of the college’s skills agenda is ensuring that young people and adults are getting the very best education. Through these free courses, we are giving adults, particularly those with no qualifications, the opportunity to gain  one in an area they are interested in or for them to retrain for another career.

For more information on the free courses available, visit Keighley College.