PEOPLE looking for a new challenge this New Year are being urged to contact The Learning and Skills Service.

A new-look programme including over 100 free courses has been unveiled in a bid to help new learners achieve their career and pastime aspirations in 2019.

From languages to maths, from digital skills to crafts and from apprenticeships to functional courses to help you get into work – the service offers something for all.

Stockton Borough Council’s Learning and Skills Service boasts over 50 years’ experience in teaching, training and delivering qualifications in a friendly and inclusive environment.

Councillor Nigel Cooke, the council’s cabinet member for regeneration and housing, said: “We have seen brilliant results in helping people wanting to further their career or find a new hobby, so I would encourage anybody looking for a challenge to see what the service could do for them.”

An open event will be held from noon-2pm and 6-8pm on Wednesday, January 16 at Billingham Community Centre. For more information visit, call 01642-527904 or email