A MULTIMILLION pound programme offering adults the chance to learn a new skill or improve their knowledge of different subjects and topics has officially launched in Leeds.

Leeds Adult Learning, a service commissioned by the city council will run the £2.2m programme which has been funded by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Education and Skills Funding Agency.

The programme will provide adults, aged 19 or over, with the confidence and skills to access job opportunities or with new skills to support a personal or family interest, with a variety of courses running throughout the academic year.

The courses will offer a range of topics including learning how to use your smart phone or tablet, growing your own vegetables and eating more healthily, improving English, maths and digital skills or building self-confidence, whilst also offering the opportunity to learn something new and meet new people.

Courses are free for adults in receipt of benefits or those in work but earning less than £17,374.50 per yea. Visit www.leedsadultlearning.co.uk for further information.

Last year thousands of people took part in more than 700 adult learning courses.