Adult learning opportunities

Have you thought about learning a new skill or brushing up on an existing skill?

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Courses offered focus particularly on supporting learners to develop their skills in order to increase their employability or their ability to be active in their local community. Courses include English, mathematics, information technology, English as a second language, employability skills, vocational subjects, mental health recovery, family learning and provision for adults with learning disabilities.

Find out more at: Suffolk County Council - adult learning and careers advice

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There are hundreds of subjects to choose from, for employment, education or enjoyment.

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National Careers Service - The Skills Toolkit

Free online courses, tools and resources to help you improve your digital and numeracy skills. The Department for Education has consulted some of the country’s leading educational experts and employers to make up a collection of high quality resources to suit a range of interests and skill levels.

Find out more: National Careers Service - The Skills Toolkit

Free level 3 qualifications for adults

Any adult ages 19 and over, who does not already have a level 3 qualification (equivalent at an advanced technical certificate or diploma, or A levels), or higher, can access hundreds of fully funded level 3 courses.

In addition, from April 2022, any adult in England earning under the National Living Wage will also be able to access the qualifications for free, regardless of their prior qualification level.

This offer is part of the government's long-term commitment to help everyone gain skills for life. Courses are available in a variety of lengths, to support adults to get the skills they need to boost their careers. Learners may be able to get help for childcare, travel and other costs.

Find out more: GOV.UK - Learner Support

All 19 to 23 year olds can also access additional courses for free through their legal entitlement to a first full level 3 qualification.;

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Free Numeracy courses through 'Multiply' scheme 

Multiply will make it easy for you to access free numeracy training and advice that fits around your other commitments, so you can gain the skills and confidence you need to use numeracy at work or in everyday life. From Spring 2022, if you are aged 19+ and do not have maths GCSE at grade C (or equivalent), you can take advantage of Multiply. From free numeracy courses to online tutorials or personalised support, there will be lots of different options to choose from - so you can learn at a time, place and pace that suits you. 

Find out more: Multiply - Skills for Life 

Skills Bootcamps - Make sure your skills set is relevant with Skills Bootcamps

These are flexible courses of up to 16 weeks, giving people the opportunity to build up sector-specific skills and fast-track to an interview with a local employer. They're funded by the Government and are developed as a part of the Plan for Jobs skills and Employment programme.

Find out more at: Purple Beard - Make sure your skillset is relevant with our Skills Bootcamps

Realise Futures - Learning, coaching and advice

Realise Futures' primary aim is to improve and promote the economic and social wellbeing of those who are disadvantaged and/or disabled across Suffolk and Essex. They have a wide range of courses to support you in life and work, provided by learning centres.

For more information, visit Realise Futures - Learning, coaching and advice