Nacro - Barrow

Open Monday to Thursday from 9am until 4:30pm, Friday 9am until 1pm


At Nacro, you can learn in a way that suits you.

Study Programme
Our personalised vocational courses provide young people with the skills they need to get into education, training or employment. We also partner with employers to offer them enthusiastic, work-ready young people.

At Nacro, you can learn in a way that suits you. We’re not like school or college. Our groups, workshops and traineeships allow you to develop Employment skills.

It doesn’t matter what grades you left school with. At Nacro, we’ll help you find the skills you need to apply for a job or carry on learning. Many of our courses are vocational, which means you can learn a trade like construction or catering. If you’re ready to start work, we can offer you a traineeship, which includes a work placement in a job you’re interested in doing.

If you’re thinking about career options and what  to do next, why not try this course and learn the skills that employers want? We’ll help familiarise you with some of the practical and personal skills that employers expect in a vocational area of your choice.

What courses can I choose?




Awarding body

Skills for Employment, Training and Personal Development



Award, certificate or diploma


Skills for Employment, Training and Personal Development

1 & 2

Award, certificate or diploma


GCSE English




GCSE Mathematics




English at Entry Level



City and Guilds


1 & 2


City and Guilds

Maths at Entry Level

E1 - 3


City and Guilds


1 & 2


City and Guilds

CSCS Preparation
L2 Food Hygiene
Skills for Employment, Training and Personal Development can be selected on a construction, health and social care or catering career path. 

What will I learn?
You’ll choose personal development options, depending on your individual needs, such as:  

  • personal career planning
  • improving your confidence
  • preparing for an interview
  • preparing for work
  • customer service  

What qualification will I have?
You do not need any qualifications. Depending on which course you take, you’ll have an award, a certificate or a diploma. 

How do I complete the course?
You’ll be assessed through a portfolio, an exam or a range of practical activities.

What can I do next?
This course will help you decide which areas interest you most and what to do next. You should feel more confident and be able to apply for one of our other courses, or a job.

Alternatively you can take a related course at a higher level or apply for an apprenticeship in a related work area. 

We offer you information, advice and guidance
We know you’ll probably have lots of questions. That’s why we offer free information, advice and guidance at all our centres. You can talk to us about anything, including:

1. bursaries
2. housing and accommodation
3. training opportunities
4. qualifications
5. jobs and volunteering
6. work experience
7. keeping healthy and fit
8. personal matters
9. help to support your learning

We value everyone 
We work hard to make sure people feel respected and included. At Nacro you’ll be encouraged to value other people and help create a friendly, welcoming environment for everyone. If you have a specific learning need or disability, we will make sure you have the support you need to be successful.

We keep you safe
We want all our learners to feel safe and secure. We have strict guidelines in place to keep you safe.

We can help you with money
 Our courses are free for most learners. We offer bursaries and free meal to those who match our eligibility criteria. Our bursaries offer various levels of financial support and are paid weekly into your bank account. To find out more, talk to the staff in the Barrow Centre.

Have your say
At Nacro, we work hard to listen to and act on our learners’ views. There are many ways you can participate. We also have a Community Voice Coordinator who ensures our Leadership Team gets your feedback and acts on it. To find out more, email

Who to contact

Contact Name
Ami France
Contact Position
Senior Tutor

Where to go

College House, First Floor
Howard Street
LA14 1NB

We are a shared building, Nacro is based on the first floor.

When is it on?

Date & Time Information
Open Monday to Thursday from 9am until 4:30pm, Friday 9am until 1pm
Time of day
Session Information
Education sessions run Monday to Thursday 9:30am to 4:00pm

Other details

Referral required?
Referral and availability notes

Study Programme Courses require no referral and  are free for most learners. Depending on your age, you may be able to apply for a bursary to help with costs like travel and books. You may also be entitled to free meals.

Study Programme is also available for learners aged 19 to 24 with an updated EHCP.


Nacro Barrow provides education to young people throughout South Cumbria.


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Address: College House, First Floor  Howard Street  Barrow  Cumbria

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