Adult education

Search for adult education information.

1 Overview

For the immediate future and in line with Government guidance issued 20 March 2020, all face-to-face classroom delivery has stopped.

You can keep updated with us on Twitter, or by following our contracted providers for adult education, Aspire Sussex, Albion in the Community and Asphaleia. They can still be contacted via email, online and phone to discuss learning options.

They are also working hard to develop online learning opportunities to support those whose learning has been interrupted or are looking to learn a new skill, and will be able to advise learners of their options.

Our vision is to offer responsive, accessible, high quality education for individuals, families and businesses. This helps residents enjoy life, take part in society and have the skills for sustainable and productive employment.

Our service was judged ‘Good’ by Ofsted in January 2017 and you can view our most recent Ofsted report online.

The County Council has a contract with the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), to provide a range of adult learning opportunities. We do this by working in partnership with three adult education providers: Aspire Sussex Ltd, Albion In The Community and Asphaleia Ltd.


The ESFA Funding and Performance Management Rules requires us to publish the supply chain and charges policy below.

European Social Fund and Education & Skills Funding Agency logos

2 Our adult education providers

Aspire Sussex Limited

We work with Aspire Sussex to deliver a wide range of community learning and adult skills courses, including those with learning difficulties.

Adult skills courses help people gain skills for work. They include:

  • English and mathematics qualifications (up to GCSE)
  • fitness
  • art
  • languages
  • cookery
  • history
  • IT
  • photography and much more.

Many of the courses have concessions available and discounts for people on certain means-tested benefits.

You can pick up Aspire’s brochure at your local library or request one from their website.

Visit the Aspire Sussex website or phone 0345 601 0161 for more information.

Albion In the Community

We work with Albion In The Community to deliver a Level 2 NVQ Spectator Safety programme.

Find out more by visiting the Albion In The Community website.

Asphaleia Ltd

We work with Asphaleia to deliver 16-19 year olds a study programme designed to provide learners with a structured and challenging learning programme that supports their development and progression in line with their career plans.

The Skills Toolkit

The government have launched The Skills Toolkit, which allows adults to access free, high quality online courses whilst at home. This enables you to build new skills and help boost growth and productivity. It is available to everyone and consists of digital and numeracy courses, ranging from basic to more advanced levels. These are skills that are sought after for many types of jobs, with 82% of job vacancies requiring digital skills.

If you’d like to talk to someone about which course you should choose, you can contact a careers adviser.

3 Learning and careers information, advice and guidance

The National Careers Service can help you if you are:

  • thinking about returning to learning
  • updating your skills
  • returning to work
  • changing career direction
  • improving your job prospects.

They provide free and impartial information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work.

To find out more, visit the National Careers Service website or freephone 0800 100 900.

4 Contact us

Last updated:
15 October 2020
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