Skills for Work with Adult Learning

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Having the right skills and qualifications is more important than ever in today's competitive job market. We have a range of free 'Refresh' courses to increase your confidence and build your skills to help you get the job you want.

Digital knowledge and skills are also such a large part of our lives these days that having skills in how to use and get the best from digital devices is a real benefit, whatever your age or your reason for using technology. Our free Essential Digital Skills courses will help you whether you are looking to upskill for work or simply to be able to communicate and engage more effectively online.

Take a look at what we can offer.


Get that Job - Refresh courses - free

Our free 'Refresh' courses are designed for people who are recently unemployed, about to start their job search, want to refresh and hone their job searching skills, or want to move forward with their next step. You will learn how to stand out and be noticed in a competitive job market.

These short courses and workshops will help to build your confidence and prepare you for interview success.

Topics include:

  • identifying your skills and qualities, writing a compelling CV, how to search for a job
  • preparing for your interview and taking part in online interviews
  • speculative cover letter writing
  • application forms
  • learning how to be your own job coach
  • Starting your own business

Enrol on a Refresh course

We work closely with partners across the National Careers Service, Jobcentre Plus and local job clubs to ensure your needs are met and to help you impress your future employer.


Essential Digital Skills courses - free

Progress with a Qualification

Are you finding it difficult to keep up in this increasingly digital world? Don't get left behind!

Take a positive step towards developing your digital skills to help you with work and at home, whether it's using emails and searching for information or learning how to shop or make appointments online.

Our free Essential Digital Skills courses are suitable for people with limited or basic experience of digital devices. At the end of the course you will sit an assessment to achieve your qualification.

After completing a course, you will be able to demonstrate your competency in digital literacy skills to your current and future employers and you can add this qualification to your CV, or you can just feel proud of your achievement!

Take First Steps

If you would like to develop your digital skills and are not ready to take a qualification, we have a range great of basic courses, funded through Henrietta Parker Trust which might suit you.

How can I enrol?

Please contact us to arrange an assessment of your level, and get advice about which course is best for you. We will support you through an online skills test to assess which course will meet your needs.

Telephone: 0300 200 1044 (Opening hours for adult learning telephone enquiries are 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays)


Other useful courses in finding job success

Other Surrey Adult Learning courses are available to enable you to upskill and build knowledge in certain areas. Click the course subject below which will take you to further information and enrolment details. Courses start throughout the year.

Accounting and finance

Our courses offer an introduction to bookkeeping and a foundation for those wishing to go on to study accountancy.

Enrol on an accounting and finance course

Business courses

Business Admin courses include a basic introduction to admin and the skills, qualities, and experience that you would need to possess to work within an office environment.

Business Management courses are for people who already have a business or business idea and are looking to gain greater insight, understanding and knowledge of business planning, growing and retaining a customer base.

Enrol on a business course

Computing and IT

Our range of digital and computer courses will support you to make the most of technology whether you are a complete beginner or more advanced user.

Enrol on a computing and IT course

English and maths - free

We have courses to help you develop your English and maths skills from short Stepping Stones courses to Functional Skills and GCSE qualifications.

Stepping Stones and Functional Skills courses are free to eligible learners.

Enrol on English and maths courses

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) - free

If English is not your first language these courses will help you to improve your English skills so you will have a better chance of finding the right job for you.

Enrol on an ESOL course

Getting to grips with personal finance

These courses are designed to help plan your personal finances and understand how to budget. They explain the importance of good money management and cover inflation/deflation, borrowing and debt and salary deductions.

Enrol on a personal finance course

Henrietta Parker Trust (HPT) courses

A range of courses are provided at a subsidised fee to eligible learners via the Henrietta Parker Trust, offering educational opportunities and to help adults prepare for employment. These include computer skills, sewing and cookery.

Explore Henrietta Parker Trust courses


Financial support to attend or get the most out of your course

For those up to the age of 25, living in Surrey and enrolling for a course that will improve your employability skills, the Surrey Young People's Fund may be able to provide financial assistance where needed. Grants are available to help with the with the cost of travel, equipment or materials, childcare or even course fees.

Please note the Community Foundation for Surrey is not part of Surrey Adult Learning.


Next steps and continue your learning

There are also many other courses available from Surrey Adult Learning that may be of interest.

Take a look at our programme of courses and workshops

There are other providers you can contact to help build your knowledge and skills too.

Find out about other adult learning opportunities