Adult learning and employment

Important information about Adult Learning: Covid-19

Due to the developing situation with the Coronavirus (Covid-19), there will be some disruption to the Adult Learning services. Please contact your learning provider directly to check about the delivery of your course as the situation develops. We thank you for your understanding and patience during this time.

Adult learning and employment service is working to provide a wide range of provision in three broad curriculum objectives: aspiration and employment; participation and citizenship; and health and wellbeing.

Our courses have diversified to meet the demand for more courses leading to recognised qualifications in basic and vocational skills, whilst maintaining a wide range of options for people wanting to pursue creative, leisure and wellbeing paths. We have:

  • courses to help you improve your literacy, numeracy and language abilities, many of which will lead to recognised qualifications
  • vocational courses leading to formal qualifications which can improve your prospects of finding work, or finding better work
  • courses and activities that help you develop new skills that could lead to career change, or to study for your own personal development
  • opportunities for you to develop skills in arts and crafts; dance; creative writing; reading and comprehension; budgeting and mathematics; spoken English; and technology - and to gain vocational qualifications
  • opportunities to learn about working in specific sectors such as childcare, creative arts and healthcare, and about working for yourself or setting up a business

Family learning courses

Family learning courses support parents and carers of pre-school and school-aged children – giving you the confidence to understand the school curriculum and develop your own skills in supporting your children’s development and learning. Some of these programmes will be for you as an adult alone, and others are for you and your children to learn together. See the full list of providers on the Adult and Family Learning page.

For more information about family learning programmes please email:  

See also: Adult and Family Learning policies and strategies.

Adult Learning Services

Find services that can help you to find work in the Council's Jobs and Training Guide

Jobs and Training Guide