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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 for everyone and some are free depending on your circumstances, eg if you're unemployed.

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.
  • Employability courses can help you get back into work or get a new job. Improve your CV writing or interview technique and learn how to complete successful job applications.

Download our Adult Learning Prospectus 2014/15 (PDF, 4Mb) for more information on our courses. 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, 185kb).

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 workforce training to help employees fulfil their potential and boost your business.

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