Adult education

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1 Overview

Following government and health and safety guidelines, our providers are now all offering some face-to-face provision where it is safe to do so, as well as online learning.

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 Maths Foundation to GCSE
  • ESOL
  • ICT
  • employability and personal development
  • vocational qualification such as:
    • teaching and learning
    • beauty
    • hair and barbering
  • family learning which supports learning and wellbeing for parents who may benefit from support to improve their parenting skills such as:
    • confident carers
    • confident children
    • understanding children’s behaviour
    • getting ready for school.

Community Learning courses in this programme include:

  • art for wellbeing
  • health and fitness
  • healthy eating/nutrition.

Many of these courses have concessions available and discounts for people on certain means-tested benefits, or who earn less than £17,004 annual gross salary.

For more information, visit the Aspire Sussex website or phone 0345 601 0161.

You can also pick up Aspire’s brochure at your local library or request one online.

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.

Tuition fund statement 16-19

We have received funding from the government to help support learners in post-16 education who have had their learning disrupted or deferred by the COVID-19 pandemic. The money will be available for the 2020-21 academic year only.

The funding is being provided to support small group tuition for 16 to 19 students in English, maths and vocational study programmes. Although the actual tuition does not need to be for GCSE English or maths, supported students all need to be those who had not achieved grade 5 or above in at least one of these subjects at this level by age 16.

Asphaleia expect to offer this support during half-term/holidays to help keep students engaged during these periods. This will ensure it is additional to the normal teaching provision taking place throughout the term.

No more than five students will be allocated to each group:

  • The sessions will be run by a subject specialist teacher or tutor.
  • Each session will be clearly planned with a topic or exam activity in mind, so that it is as productive and targeted as possible.
  • Asphaleia will record evidence of student participation and tutorial hours through their normal attendance recording procedures.

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 Get in touch

Last updated:
13 April 2021
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