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Job training and adult learning


Find out about the range of courses available to help you brush up on your basic skills or become qualified in a completely new area of work. Some courses are free depending on your personal circumstances.

What is available?

  • Everyday skills sessions to tackle problems with English, maths and IT. Boost your confidence and make your work and home life easier whilst working towards a recognised qualification.
  • Vocational courses to support you in your chosen career. Develop your skills, become qualified in what you do or take the first steps towards a completely new career.
  • Earn while you learn. Apprenticeships for people already in work let you gain qualifications and practical skills.
  • Community courses to teach you skills such as how to use a computer, build your confidence, improve your chance of getting a job or help you to start your own business. 

Download our Adult Learning Course Guide Spring 2017 (PDF, 2Mb) for more information about our courses. Some of our courses run on an ongoing basis, so you can join the class at any time. If you'd like advice on any of the courses, or want to find out which one would suit you best, contact us for help.

Haven't found what you're looking for?

If you have a particular course in mind and it's not shown in our prospectus, contact us to discuss your individual needs. We'll do our best to help.

Applying for a course

Step 1: Choose your course and download our Adult Learning application form (PDF, 220kb).

Step 2: Complete it and send it back to us by post or email.

Step 3: We will contact you to check your details, confirm the cost of the course (if any) and let you know when it starts

Step 4: If you need to pay for your course, we'll send you an invoice after your first session

Course payment

You can either pay a council invoice online, or contact us using our automated payment line.

Workforce training - information for businesses

If you're looking to improve the skills of your staff, we offer a range of  to help employees fulfil their potential and boost your business.

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