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FREE training for unemployed adults

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Part-funded by the european unionThere are lots of local training organisations who offer FREE accredited training to unemployed adults. Please note that couses may be subject to funding.

Many of these courses are short, lasting just a few weeks, and delivered on a part time basis so that Job Seekers Allowance is not affected.

Types of training available

The courses cover areas including employability, IT, Maths, English and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) as well as sector specific courses such as Business Administration, Customer Service and Health and Social Care.​

Course providers

Bury College
0161 280 8588​
  • Skills for life.
  • IT Training.
0161 624 1444
  • Free training to the unemployed.
Hopwo​​​od Hall College
01706 358 490
  • Skills for life.
  • IT Training.
01706 630 140
  • Skills for life.
  • IT Training.
Mantra Learning
0800 389 5283
  • Skills for life.
  • IT Training.
  • LearnDirect​.
Oldham College
0161 785 4014​
  • Skills for life.
Rochdale Training Association
01706 631 417​
  • Skills for life.
  • IT Training.
The Work Com​pany
0161 359 3338​
  • National Careers Service.
WEA (Workers Educational Association)
09774 797 704 or 07813 686 080
  • ​​​​​Skills for life.

Support for people with disabilities

There are also training organisations who offer specialist support to adults with learning difficulties or disabilities including those with a mental health issue.

  • PossAbilities Employment Rochdale Employment Development Service offers services to help people with a disability or health condition to explore training and employment opportunities.
  • Rempl​​oy A professional and work-focused environment is provided for disabled people to improve their skills and search for the right job.​



​01706 925605

Economic Affairs Team
Economy and Environment
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU