A WIDE range of free courses is being offered in Keighley to help adults upskill or retrain.

The town's college is providing courses covering subjects such as health and digital, and science, technology, engineering and maths.

It's hoped the initiative will help address skills shortages and boost employment opportunities in the district.

According to a West Yorkshire Combined Authority report, around two-thirds of employers in the region have upskilling needs – driven by new working practices, technology and regulatory requirements.

Also, an estimated 32 per cent of adults in Keighley have no qualifications. That compares to 26 per cent across West Yorkshire.

Keighley College principal, Kevin O’Hare, says: "We are witnessing a transformation in technological advancements. While the growth of technology offers the possibility of developing new skills, it will also come with the displacement of different types of jobs.

"As educators we play a key role in adapting to the changing landscape and helping learners develop in-demand skills. Gaining a Level 3 qualification can boost income, and help people stand out and gain skills that employers value.

"Through these free courses we're giving adults, particularly those with no qualifications, the opportunity to gain one."

For more information, visit keighleycollege.ac.uk/free-courses-for-jobs.