Anyone seeking to upskill or improve their professional credentials in the new year now can with a range of short course qualifications offered by Nelson and Colne College and Accrington and Rossendale College.

A series of adult advice events will be held in January where visitors can find out more about the wide range of Professional Skills qualifications offered by the Colleges, the levels of study, ways to study and the financial support that may be available.

Sectors included in the offer include Hair and Beauty, Construction and Motor Vehicle, Business and Professional Services, Engineering, Sport and Leisure, Facilities and Cleaning Services, and Health and Social Care, Childcare, and Education.

At the events, information will also be available on Higher Education through the College Group’s University Centre and a wide range of leisure, wellbeing and Functional Skills courses under the community learning offer with Lancashire Adult Learning.

The adult advice events will be held at:

  • Nelson and Colne College on Tuesday 7 January, 5pm-7pm
  • The Waterside Centre Accrington on Wednesday 8 January, 11am-3pm
  • Accrington and Rossendale College on Thursday 9 January, 5pm-7pm

Principal of the Nelson and Colne College Group Amanda Melton said: “Whether you are looking to develop your professional credentials for employment, want a change of career, or simply want to continue to invest in your professional development, we have a range of adult Professional Skills qualifications to meet your needs.

“Our offer is broad, across a number of industry areas and varying levels, to include, professional and Technical qualifications such as Hairdressing or Health Awareness, university level qualifications such as HNC/Ds and degrees, as well as a wide range of Higher Apprenticeships.

“We understand that every individual is different, with different needs and personal circumstances. This is why our approach is flexible, from entry requirements, funding options and ways to study.

“We have a long history of quality and recognised delivery, with the industry facilities and expert teaching to match, all delivered at centres close to you. We look forward to welcoming you to our adult advice events and supporting you on your career journey.”

If you would like to apply to study at Accrington and Rossendale College, visit, and to study at Nelson and Colne College, . Alternatively, please call 0333 003 1717 to enrol.