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Adult learning advice and guidance

If you’re looking for a little direction and guidance on your next steps in learning, training or employment, you can get free and impartial advice from our team or the National Careers Service.
Our team can help you with:

  • finding the right course
  • advice about learning, training or employment
  • understanding our course fees
  • signposting to additional services

To contact one of our team for guidance on your next steps, complete our online contact form and a member of our team will get in touch with you directly.

National Careers Service

The National Careers Service can help you with:

  • online tools to help you make decisions about career choices
  • personalised careers guidance
  • advice about getting a job
  • signposting towards specialist resources and support

Wherever you are in your decision-making, visit the National Careers Service or call 0800 100 900.

Career and labour market information can help you make good decisions when you are first progressing into work, considering a career change or moving to a new area to live.

Find the key labour market information for our area

You might also like to try SACU which offers a great source of careers information plus a free career quiz showing Careers, UCAS Courses, FE Courses, Apprenticeships, Labour Market Information and Job vacancies.

Adult Learning Service do not offer apprenticeships. Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study, for more information go to the Government Apprenticeships website or call 0800 015 0400.

If employment isn’t your next step, you might want to consider volunteering. Volunteers are at the heart of local communities. Get in touch with your community venue for the latest opportunities.

The Samaritans

If you are concerned about your emotional wellbeing, or if you are concerned a person may be at risk of harming themselves, please contact The Samaritans.

Call 116 123 or visit The Samaritans website.


Prevent is one of the elements of the government's counter terrorism strategy.

We have a duty to help protect learners from being radicalised. Radicalisation is the process through which a person comes to support or be involved in extremist ideologies. It can result in a person becoming drawn into terrorism and is in itself a form of harm.

If you are worried about someone showing signs of being radicalised or if you hear something that could be terrorist related report it:

  • to your tutor or other staff member
  • to the Adult Learning Service's designated Safeguarding Officer, Helen Doel or the Deputy Safeguarding Officers, Tania Sowerby and Teresa Humpage on 01604 367119

Last updated 11 April 2023