About Us

Family Learning Tutor Vicky Meer with children from Allerton Primary School

Hello and welcome to the Family Learning and Adult Skills Service.

‘Families are the main context of learning for most people. Learning within the family is usually more lasting and influential than any other. Family life provides a foundation and context for all learning.’

Riches Beyond Price: Making the Most of Family Learning, NIACE, 1995

What is Family Learning?
Family Learning describes a whole range of activities and programmes where parents, grandparents, children and carers are involved in learning. Sometimes it involves the adults and children learning together at the same time. The courses take place in the community, in schools, childrens centres and libraries. All our courses are designed to improve parents’ skills and increase their confidence. We encourage parents to move into further learning or employment.

Who delivers the courses?
We have a team of experienced and qualified tutors who deliver all of our Family Learning courses on your behalf.

Why should I book a Family Learning course?
The benefits of Family Learning are far reaching:

It helps schools and parents to work more closely together.
It encourages parents to gain confidence in their own ability to learn.
It can act as a key factor in raising the achievement levels of children.
It aims to improve motivation, build self-esteem and help both children and adults to become effective learners.It encourages learners to participate with their own and the wider community.
It provides opportunities for children to help their parents, and in these ways it enhances and enriches family life.
It promotes lifelong learning.

Mission Statement

The mission statement for the Family Learning Service therefore  is as follows:

“To inspire families to value learning, thereby enabling them to develop skills, improve their life chances and actively engage with the wider community”

Who are Skills for Work?

Skills for Work delivers employment and skills training support for adults as well as young people facing the most barriers to employment. Our key aim is to connect local people to local sustainable jobs.

Skills for Work also provides a range of recruitment and customised training services to meet the workplace skills needs of local employers and aims to improve skill levels in the workplace across the district.

These include helping to identify potential candidates and work placement opportunities that allow potential candidates to be test driven, giving the opportunity to “try before you buy!”

We also provide workplace training, including NVQ training & qualifications, facilitate Apprenticeship training support as well as offer Skills for Life and other bespoke training packages.

Information, Advice and Guidance is also available from our Matrix accredited staff which offers an individualised information service for both employers as well as individuals.


Where disability or ill health is a barrier to employment, Work-Able, our specialist disability service offers a range of training, support and assistance to help disabled people to move into, retain and progress in employment.

Skills for Work is part of the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council’s Department of Children’s Services and delivers programmes on behalf of both the Department for Work and Pensions and the Skills Funding Agency.

Skills for Work supports the Council’s corporate objective of “Creating a More Prosperous District” by seeking to improve the life chances and the economic well being of all people across the district through access to training that leads to employment / progression opportunities, work experience and qualifications.

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