Improve your Skills

Free on-line courses to support East Sussex residents and the local economy because of the pandemic and resulting lockdown are available. If you have recently lost your job, been furloughed or you are working and want to update your skills see these courses from Grasp Learning which is part of the East Sussex College Group and Coursera through their partnership with South East Local Enterprise Partnership. Please see below link for more information.

Our local training providers offer a huge range of courses for adults. Visit their websites to find out more:

East Sussex College Group Part time Courses                                        

Bexhill College Part time Courses

Plumpton College Courses   

University of Brighton

University of Sussex

As well as our FE and HE colleges we also have a huge number of specialist independent training organisations in the county, many of whom belong to the Sussex Council of Training Providers – see .

For details of apprenticeship training opportunities see Apprenticeships in Sussex

East Sussex Libraries also run a number of courses for adults

Online learning

If you can set aside some time to undertake home learning then there are lots of online options, many of which are free.

Free Courses with Coursera
There are over 4000 free courses available at SELEP’s Coursera programme, including those focusing on business and leadership skills, cyber security, coding and programming, digital marketing and web development, and courses range from those aimed at beginners, through to content for advanced learners.

Coursera have confirmed that they’ve extended the deadline to October 31st for people registering to complete courses on their platform. Individuals can register their interest in joining the learning program through this link.
Coursera and SELEP Courses

The UK Government has compiled a range of free online learning courses. Where to find free online learning courses

For a range of academic and vocational courses of which some are free Learn Direct - online courses

Grid for Good Employability Programme

National Grid’s new flagship Corporate Responsibility community investment programme delivered in partnership with Catch22. It delivers upskilling and employment opportunities for people with barriers into work nationally.

Over the next 12 months, we will see 450 people, aged 16-30, with barriers to work go through this unique training programme. This includes industry insights, team building, employability upskilling, 121 mentoring and paid work experience leading to Apprenticeships, Graduate opportunities, Internships and other job opportunities. Career pathways include Engineering, IT, Admin, Finance, Procurement & HR.

Initially it requires very little time and commitment from participants, just 3 x 1 hour online sessions. After this, if they would like to progress on the pathway, there are some great mentoring, paid work experience and employment opportunities within the National Grid for them down the line.

We are now taking referrals and applications for Grid for Good, for programmes which will be running a new cohort every month throughout 2021.

Eligible participants must:
• Have access to a phone or computer and internet access to join the virtual sessions
• Have proof of the right to work in the UK
• Commit to 3 x 1 hour sessions

National Grid target audience within disadvantaged groups are:
• 16-30 year olds
• Low or No Income
• Shock Unemployment – as a result of Covid-19 or wider circumstances
• BAME Background
• Young Offenders (excluding arson & sex offences)
However we consider referrals case by case and participants can for example be in education whilst completing the programme.

Digital Skills

The Government has launched a range of free digital courses The Skills Toolkit 

The Digital Skills Partnership from the South East Local Enterprise Partnership has partnered with Coursera to provide free, online learning resources to 10,000 users across the South East. There are more than 4,300 courses available to those facing redundancy, on furlough, or those looking to reskill to enter a new industry. The courses are free to sign up to until the end of September 2020, and must be completed by the end of December 2020.

Online Higher Education

The Open University offers a range of online higher education courses which you can do while working. It also offers an online Access Course which you may need if you don’t yet have the qualifications to do a degree.

ACRES Adult Learning

ACRES is a consortium of Community Colleges and can provide real time adult learning courses across East Sussex.
Adult College for Rural East Sussex (

Careers in Health and Social Care

For those of you interested in a job and career in health and social care here is a list of current key national and regional programmes to enable you to work out which pre-employment and work experience suits your needs. If you need help in deciding which route into the health and care sector you can ask advice from the following agencies:

- If you are at school or college contact the National Careers Service or ask your careers teacher
- If you are 16-18 please seek advice from an adviser at the Youth Employability Service
- If you are older please contact the National Careers Service