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.
Suffolk County Council’s strategic partner for learning, careers advice and skills development is 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 0845 6037 197.
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 book an appointment, please call 0845 6031059
If you would like to discuss you options, please contact a Careers Adviser (PDF, 124Kb)
Suffolk County Council's Community Learning and National Careers Service programmes are supported by ESF funding.
Leap provides access to free and impartial, high quality information, advice and guidance through a network of Leap Centres and Leap Points based in Libraries, Children’s Centres and other locations across Suffolk. Leap also works with businesses wanting to improve the skills of their workforce.
Leap services include providing courses, help with CV writing, job searches and applying, interview and presentation skills
To find out more visit the Leap website
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