About Us


HLC's story

Founded in 2002, Humber Learning Consortium (HLC) is a learning and skills partnership hub organisation.  We provide a “single port of call” that enables funders to engage with small providers, especially – though not exclusively – voluntary organisations.

Our partnership approach has made us one of Yorkshire & the Humber’s largest and most experienced European Social Fund (ESF) and National Lottery Community Fund deliverers. 

We work with delivery partners to strengthen local learning and skills delivery capacity. By connecting, developing and supporting organisations, to access and deliver contracts that might ordinarily be out of their reach. 

We have an absolute commitment to disadvantaged learners and a strong focus on the development of our delivery partners.  

HLC values


  • We value collaborative working to enhance the role of the voluntary and community sector in the learning agenda
  • We believe the sector is best placed to work with hard to reach learners and make a positive difference to their lives and aspirations
  • We believe in a team ethos with everyone working together, supporting each other and valuing the diversity that individuals bring from their own experiences and background
  • We believe that learners should be at the heart of decision-making
  • We strive for excellence in all we do


Cyber Essentials Certification

Cyber Essentials Certified

HLC has been awarded Cyber Essentials Certification in June 2019 after meeting all the requirements of the Government backed scheme.

Cyber Essentials helps to protect organisations against the most common cyber attacks.  

The assessment was carried out against 42 users, Firewall & router, ensuring policies and procedures were in place.

HLC are now working towards securing accreditation for GDPR and Information Security.

Healthy Places Award

Healthy Places

HLC were awarded the Bronze Healthy Places Award in July 2018 and are now aiming to achieve the Silver level, to gain recognition for working towards creating a healthier work setting. 

The aim of the Healthy Places Award is to raise awareness of Health and Wellbeing in the workplace.  There is a focus on key themes including: physical activity; healthy eating; mental health & emotional wellbeing and healthy lifestyle.  

What is HLC doing?

We have a Health and Wellbeing working group that focuses on facilitating activities to support our staff in achieving a healthy work/life balance, including raising awareness of factors contributing to good physical and mental wellbeing.

This also includes the distribution of a monthly schedule of events/activities to support physical and mental health whilst raising awareness of health and wellbeing among HLC staff (and delivery partners) to inspire sustainable health related change within the organisation. 

We provide relevant information to staff members through a monthly campaign/display of resources and consulting with wider staff members to identify further ways of promoting good health and wellbeing. 

The impact of the Healthy Places Award activity to date has included Mental Health First Aid training (18 members of HLC staff have been trained to date).

We have established a Mental Health First Aid group to support the key staff members in their role within the workplace.
Our staff training days have a focus on emotional resilience, restorative practice and physical & mental wellbeing.
We’ve also introduced a smoking cessation policy with support for staff wishing to cease smoking. Annual staff survey analysis and resultant actions.
Fruit bowls are available within the HLC office to encourage healthier food choices. We have membership of a local (NE Lincs) Health and Wellbeing network to obtain relevant updates/share good practice. We have also introduced a walking challenge to increase activity and the associated benefits to physical and mental wellbeing.

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