Adult Learning

NXG Trust offers courses to local residents looking to update and boost their CVs and develop new skills useful for paid and voluntary work.

We pride ourselves on offering short courses delivered by quality tutors with qualifications and certificates that are nationally recognised. We are always happy to talk to you about ideas and needs you have for course we don’t presently offer.

All our of courses are subsidised so that we can offer them to you at the best possible price. If you are really struggling to pay please do not hesitate to talk to us.


Mental Health First Aid

Safeguarding, Children and Young People

Food Safety

Customer Service

Emergency First Aid

Paediatric First Aid

Fire Safety Marshall

Bee Keeping

See our events page for dates and to book a place.

Costs: All courses are subsidised to keep prices low. The reduced rate for people unwaged is £10 and for waged £50. These fees contribute towards the certification costs. Please note the charge for Paediatric First Aid is £60 waged and £20 unwaged as it is a two day course.

“The gardens are serene and the facilities for running courses is ideal. All the staff are friendly, welcoming and helpful and I would recommend this place to anybody. I hope the local community is aware of the gem that is Besson Street Gardens”
Course participant.

Booking: If you are interested in booking in to any of our courses, please contact the office for further information or visit our events page.

Course outlines

Emergency First Aid: This is a level 3 qualification is designed for anyone who is willing to take on the role and responsibility of administering first aid in the workplace. The course covers many areas including: seizures, shock, wounds and bleeding, assessing an incident, CPR, burns and scalds, and much more. First Aid at work is usually run over four consecutive Fridays.

“I’m unemployed right now and thought being a qualified first aider would help make more employable and  get my CV more up to date, just give me a better chance in an interview situation.”  Sacha I.

Paediatric first Aid
This is a two day level 3 course. One day in the classroom and one day online working from home or the library. It is Ofsted recognised so just right for anyone working with children in a paid or voluntary capacity. This course is £60 waged and £20 unwaged.

Food Health and Hygiene: This is a Level 2 course designed to equip anyone working or planning to work in the service industry with an industry standard qualification in food hygiene and handling. It is an intense, one day course with a multiple choice test at the end of the day. Certificates are awarded by Access Training 21 accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.

“Getting this certificate, along my first aid certificate, helped me get registered as a childminder, now I’m earning a good living, thanks for the opportunity.” Sofia J.

Customer Service: This is a level 2 accredited qualification designed for all learners working or preparing to work in a customer service role or where using the telephone is a part of their role. The course covers the principles of customer service including how to meet customer expectations, the importance of appropriate behaviour and communication techniques, as well as ways to deal with problem customers. It requires a minimum of 6 hours attendance. There is a short multiple choice test at the end.

Fire Warden Training: This is a level 2 certificated course accredited by Highfield and delivered in one day. This qualification is ideal for anyone who wants to boost their CV and put themselves ahead of others at an interview with a useful qualification that could save a new employer time and money. Subjects include hazards and risks, controlling fire in the workplace, the principles and practice of fire safety management at work and the role of the nominated fire warden.

Care agenda: We offer a variety of courses based around the care agenda including: Child Protection, Safeguarding of vulnerable adults, ADHD and Autism awareness, Diabetes awareness, Dementia awareness, and many more. Please contact the office for the courses that we are currently offering.

ESOL (English as a second or Other language): Thanks to some much needed funding from the National Lottery Community Fund, we are able to provide ESOL training three days per week. The classes run Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and are provided  at a variety of levels. To book onto a course, you need to first have an assessment, so that you can be placed in a class appropriate to your level of English. Assessment sessions are 3.30-5.00pm on a Monday, and 5.00-6.00pm on a Wednesday. For these you can just turn up at Besson Street Community Garden. We will then try and slot you in to one of our courses.

Safeguarding of Children & Young People: This course is taught at level 2. It is designed for everyone who works with, in a paid or voluntary capacity, children, young people and/or their families. The course covers legislation and guidance; the recognition of child abuse; how to respond to concerns; who to contact when there is a concern; fulfilling ‘duty of care’; safe practice and keeping children safe.

Sew You Need to Get Out More! A weekly sewing class for anyone who needs to get out more and mix with people while doing something creative. You can learn appliqué, patchworks, embroidery and much more. Please note this is not a dress making course. For the moment we are offering two 1 hour sessions on Monday mornings with limited places. You will need to book in advance by calling the number bellow.

Personalised IT training: This is an ongoing course that people can book onto at anytime. It is presently online IT training that is customised to meet individual learning needs. Our tutor will work with you to set up Zoom and from there on support you with your IT needs. We aim to deliver part of this service in-person from a classroom soon. Watch this space.

Bee-Keeping: This course is designed for those interested in taking up bee-keeping, those interested in helping out with ‘community bees’ or would just like to know more about bees in the urban environment. The course runs for three consecutive evenings from 6pm-8pm.

“I  wanted to say a huge thanks for running this course – without it, my husband and I would still be dreaming of keeping bees instead of having bought our first hive and preparing for the bees to arrive next spring!  This is a massive first step for us on our journey to eventually having a smallholding, and the confidence boost is indescribable.  The fact we actually had hands on time at the hives was also invaluable, practising using the kit and dispelling any fears about being around the bees.   You picked a great instructor and by offering the course at such an affordable rate it meant we could both attend, instead of just my husband as we had originally thought would have to happen.” Alexandra.

Other courses: We continually review our courses, and how we can improve the range of courses on offer. We welcome your feedback as to the types of courses that would be helpful to you. The latest available courses and dates are always available on our events page. Follow us on Facebook for further updates.

Office telephone number: 0207 639 7605. Or email: