Adult Learning Service

About us

The County Council’s Adult Learning Service (ALS) provides learning opportunities that improve the lives and outcomes for individuals, families and communities and which support:

  • economic growth
  • improved employment
  • social inclusion
  • community cohesion
  • health and wellbeing.

We deliver English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses, programmes for Adults with Learning Disabilities (ALD) and lead on the Multiply and Adult Skills programmes for West Sussex, which provide opportunities to improve your maths skills for everyday life, at home and work and improve learners’ quality of life by developing their skills and knowledge, creating pathways into employment opportunities and increasing their potential career progression.

National Careers Service

We work in partnership with the National Careers Service who can provide you with impartial learning and careers information, advice and guidance.

The National Careers Service can help you:

  • assess your skills
  • find the right course
  • explore funding for training
  • develop or enhance your CV
  • improve your interview skills
  • understand the local job market
  • explore your career options
  • realise your potential.

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. Lines are open Monday-Friday 8.00am to 8.00pm and Saturday 10.00am to 5.00pm.


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 adult education providers who deliver across West Sussex.

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