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 https://www.sctp.org.uk/ .
For details of apprenticeship training opportunities see Apprenticeships in Sussex
East Sussex Libraries also run a number of courses for adults
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
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 (acreslearning.org.uk)
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