Adult Education and Careers

If you want to improve your basic skills or job prospects, build your confidence, or be more creative, it is never too late to get back into learning.

Community Learning and Skills Development delivers a wide range of learning opportunities that can help you to develop new skills, gain confidence, adapt to changes in your life and, in many cases, achieve a recognised qualification.

Free and impartial advice and learning opportunities are offered by various providers in subjects such as Skills for Life (English, Maths and IT), Preparation for Work, Health and Wellbeing, , English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Family Learning and Community Engagement.

Realise Futures

Suffolk County Council subcontracts provision (PDF, 474KB) for learning, careers advice and skills development to Realise Futures. They can support and advise people wishing to gain or return to work or training, particularly those with a disability or disadvantage, through the provision of skills development, advice, information, learning, guidance and employment in social businesses.

To find out about their wide range of daytime and evening courses see the Community Learning and Skills Development website or call 0300 456 20 50.

If you are considering returning to work, updating your skills, improving your work prospects or changing career direction, the National Careers Service can help. They provide free and impartial information, advice and guidance to adults aged 19 years and above (18 if a Jobcentre Plus customer) about a wide range of learning and employment opportunities.

To speak to an adviser please call 0800 100 900, or visit the NCS website to find other ways to contact them.      

Suffolk County Council's Community Learning and National Careers Service programmes are supported by ESF funding.


The Leap website  can link you to both formal and informal learning opportunities in your area.

Further information on local courses

To find out about the wide range of academic, vocational and leisure courses on offer through the university, colleges, schools and other venues in Suffolk see also the learning page on MyLife