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Adult and lifelong learning

We run a programme of, daytime and evening, learning courses for adults in venues across North Ayrshire. 

Benefits of learning

Adult and lifelong learning can help you to:

  • master new skills
  • refresh old skills
  • become involved with your local community
  • meet new people
  • build your confidence
  • improve your chances of employment

What can I learn?

Our Participation & Empowerment Team will work with you to explore what you want from learning and will look at the best way of achieving this.

Employability courses

FREE employability courses, including CV preparation, interview skills, sector specific, getting back to work.

Micro Tyco project

Enterprise training that releases commercial talent across all age groups and industries. Teams have 1 month to grow their £1 micro loan into a much profit as possible. Proceeds are invested in growing business in Africa through the Wild Hearts Foundation.

Job clubs

Get advice and support, search and apply for jobs, create or update your C.V. at our weekly job clubs. Just drop in!

  • Irvine Library - Mondays 12 noon to 2pm and Tuesdays 3.15 to 5.15pm
  • Dalry Library - Thursdays 1 to 3pm
  • Kilwinning Library - Thursdays 1 to 3pm
  • Beith Library - Fridays 10am to 12 noon
  • Walker Hall, Kilbirnie - Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 1 to 3pm
  • Stevenston Employability Hub, Stevenston Library - Monday to Friday 2 to 5pm, Wednesday all day by appointment, call 01294 464834 or email.

Computing and ECDL

Computing skills for all levels, including the European Computer Driving Licence covering 7 modules and working towards an internationally recognised qualification provided by BCS, The Charted Institute for IT.

Literacy and numeracy

Need help with reading, writing or numbers? Telephone 01294 604612. Our Youth Literacy classes, for ages 16 to 25, are fun, informative and free.

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We aim to increase learners' confidence, self-esteem and ability through an informal approach that expands on existing skills, highlights strengths and encourages progression.

English for speakers of other languages (ESOL)

Our tutors provide courses and resources for learners at all levels. Opportunities are available to attend courses such as Life in the UK Preparation course, Family ESOL, ESOL for Work and ESOL Literacy classes.

Sign language

From taster and refresher sessions to sign language for the workplace and SQA introduction to BSL and BSL1 (Intermediate).

Gaelic language and culture

North Ayrshire Council has been actively involved in supporting the Gaelic language and culture for over 20 years. Classes include song, dance, fiddle, clarsach and gaelic language. Contact our Gaelic Support Worker by telephoning 01294 475926.

More information

Learning courses are advertised on the CPP website.

For more information, or to take part, telephone the Focus Community Learning Centre, Saltcoats on 01294 604612 or email