Prepare for employment (Refresh) adult learning courses

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Get ready for interview success.

Take advantage of our 'Refresh' programme, made up of short courses and workshops and designed to prepare you for interview success and build self-confidence.

Support is given, to be your own career coach, search efficiently for that dream job, adapt your CV, complete an application form, write an outstanding cover letter or set up on your own.

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

We offer one day workshops and courses. These run over a period of weeks for a term, three times a year from September to July.

We also offer short courses at the start of summer. Applications open each term in March, July and November.

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Employment and digital skills courses at Surrey Adult Learning are free for adults aged 19 or over on the 31 August 2023 who meet the following eligibility criteria.


Course levels

We offer courses from beginners to advanced.

Refresh courses

To apply complete the application form below and we will evaluate your eligibility and skills then provide a course offer. You must accept this offer to secure your place.

Complete this application form

If you need help completing this form please

  • visit one of our centres to apply in person or
  • call us on 0300 200 1044, 9am to 3pm Monday to Friday

Eligibility criteria for our Employment and Computer Skills courses

Employment, Computer Skills, Maths, English and ESOL classes at Surrey Adult Learning are free for adults aged 19 or over on the 31 August 2023 who meet the following eligibility criteria. You must also be able to easily travel to an agreed Surrey Adult Learning centre to sit exams/assessments where applicable.

UK nationals - Who currently live in England and have been resident in the United Kingdom (UK) for at least three full years prior to starting their course.

EEA nationals - Who currently live in England and have obtained either pre-settled or settled status under the EU settlement scheme and have lived continuously in the EEA, Gibraltar or UK for at least the three full years prior to starting their course.

Other non-UK Nationals who are also a non-EEA national - Who currently live in England and have obtained either pre-settled or settled status under the EU settlement scheme and have lived continuously in the EEA, Gibraltar or UK for at least the three full years prior to starting their course.

Asylum seekers - Who have lived in the UK for 6 months or longer while their claim is being considered by the Home Office.

You will be exempt from the three-year residency requirement if you have:

  • Refugee status
  • Discretionary leave to enter or remain
  • Exceptional leave to enter or remain
  • Indefinite leave to enter or remain
  • Humanitarian protection
  • Leave outside the rules
  • Ukraine family scheme
  • Ukraine sponsorship scheme (Homes for Ukraine)
  • The husband, wife, civil partner or child (aged 19 or over) of an individual with any of the above
  • Section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016 leave
  • Calais leave to remain
  • British Nationals evacuated from Afghanistan under operation pitting
  • British Nationals evacuated from Afghanistan by UK government before 6 January 2022

Other exemptions may apply.

Depending upon your circumstances, we will need to see ID and proof of your immigration status, and for ESOL courses, we will need to see receipt of benefits and income when you enrol.

If you are not eligible for a free course under the above criteria, you may need to pay a fee. For more information and advice please email: adultskills@surreycc.gov.uk

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