Information for employers

What will help my business?

At the Adult Education Service we are committed to working with you to help achieve your business goals and succeed in today’s competitive market.

We offer:

  • advice and guidance to you and your staff
  • flexible training in terms of times, duration, venues and content as we understand one of the biggest pressures on a business and its workforce is time
  • signposting to a suitable provider if we are unable to meet your requirements.

In the East Riding we have continued to introduce Work Skills Clubs in partnership with Jobcentre Plus to provide skills improvement and employability support to the unemployed.  Many of our courses provide learners with the vital skills and self-confidence needed to be work ready or to make that career change they may have been thinking about.   

We have purpose built adult education centres in Bridlington and Cottingham which can provide an excellent venue for conferences as well as being great places to learn.  Market Hill adult education centre, situated in the heart of Hedon, can also be hired for meetings or training.  This venue has ICT facilities, whiteboard and can seat up to 12 delegates.  Some free parking is available in Hedon close to the venue.

We offer a variety of courses that run at different times throughout the academic year.  Some of the courses on offer for 2014/15 include:


Apprenticeship training programmes are available for young people and adults.  These frameworks will provide off the job training, on the job assessment and a range of accredited qualifications for those looking to work in a particular sector or for those adults looking to progress within their chosen careers.  We have Apprenticeships on offer in several areas, including:

  • Business and Administration - an Intermediate Apprenticeship suitable for anyone working in an Administration role whereas the Advanced Apprenticeship is suitable for experienced administrators.
  • Customer Service - an Intermediate Apprenticeship suitable for anyone working in a customer service role or if their role is to provide a service to customers.  Advanced Apprenticeship is for experienced customer service staff.
  • IT, software, web and telecoms professionals - suitable for anyone working in a supervised technical ICT role.  Provides the skills, knowledge and competence required to become an IT, Software, Web or Telecom professional.
  • Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools - suitable for those wanting to provide support in the classroom.  Working with teachers to carry out duties on lesson preparation and working with small groups or individuals, thereby allowing the teacher to concentrate on teaching.
  • Management and Team Leading - suitable for those responsible for supervising staff in an operational role.  Management Apprenticeship suitable for those managing staff.

Did you know there could be funding available to you if you take on a young person  as an Apprentice?  The Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of 16 to 24 year olds (AGED 16 to 24) is aimed at helping eligible employers to offer young people employment through the Apprenticeship programme, by providing wage incentives to assist employers in recruiting their first apprentice.  The National Apprenticeship Service will provide up to 40,000 Apprenticeship grants to small-medium sized employers recruiting 16 to 24 year olds with a value of £1,500 to encourage new employers to take on apprentices.

Please contact the Cottingham Adult Education centre and ask to speak to Sue Pylee for more information on Apprenticeships, or alternatively you can visit the National Apprenticeship Service website.

National Apprenticeship Service website (external website)

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Employee courses

  • Maths and English for Life and Work Initial Assessment and Introduction - during your first week you will undertake an initial assessment of your maths and English skills.  You will then progress to the introductory programme for a further 4 weeks.  During this time you will receive information, advice and guidance regarding qualifications needed and complete an English or Maths Award (EMA).  You will then have the opportunity to progress to work towards FREE maths or English Awards or Functional Skills up to Level 2. 
  • Computer Workshop Accredited: enrolment to this course is ongoing and you can join at any point in the year, providing there is a space available.  Following your free, no obligation, introductory week you will agree your course of study with the tutor.  Courses on offer will include Entry Level and Level 1 IT Awards, E-Safety, Computer and Online Basics, ECDL Essentials, ECDL Extra and ECDL Advanced.  For those having some existing skills and wishing to Fast Track ECDL levels then, subject to initial assessment, this option is also available.  Fees vary depending on level and course length.  This will be agreed during your free introductory session.  Please note, ECDL Advanced is a Level 3 qualification - please see our 24+ Advanced Learning Loans web page for more information on these qualifications.   



Courses for 2014/15 (starting September 2014) will be advertised from June 2014 onwards so please watch this space for further details.

If there is a course you would like that we do not currently offer, please contact your local adult education centre to discuss your requirements or contact us via the green box at the top of this page.

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Where do the courses take place?

There are seven main adult education centres around the East Riding of Yorkshire and many of our courses are taught in these centres.  Throughout the year we also use additional external venues for courses so there should usually be a venue close to you that will have something run by the adult education service.  For more information on the venues, please see the venue details page.

As a business, you may feel it more appropriate for us to run a course for your staff from your premises.  Please call your local adult education centre in order to discuss your needs.
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How much do courses cost?

Course costs vary, depending on the duration and type of course, and your personal circumstances (for example, if you’re on certain benefits or you’re taking a particular qualification).  For more information on course types, concessions and paying by instalments, please see our how much it costs page.

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How do I find and book on a course?

Please use our interactive course finder where you can search for courses by title, subject or location. 

You can also contact your nearest adult education centre where our friendly staff will be happy to give you more information about courses that interest you. 

If you know what course you want to do but do not want to book online, please see the how to enrol page for more information on the alternative ways to book your course. 

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