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.
- 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 2013/14 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.
- Horticulture - suitable for those working in businesses producing fruit, vegetables, protected crops, plants, flowers and bulbs, nursery stock and trees.
- Internet, Web and Telecoms - 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.
- Licensed Hospitality - suitable for those working behind a bar or in customer facing roles in the bar area in licensed hospitality premises, such as public houses, hotels, restaurants, nightclubs and licensed clubs.
- 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.
- Team Leading - suitable for those responsible for supervising staff in an operational role. Management Apprenticeship suitable for those managing staff.
We also offer a number of Pre-Apprenticeship courses if you are not already working in paid employment - Hospitality Industry Introductory Level 1 Award; Horticulture Award Level 1 Introduction; Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 2; Preparing to Support Learning Level 2.
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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- 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.
- NEW - Business and Administration: following a two week introductory course you will learn to carry out basic administrative tasks and gain higher level support skills. These qualifications can be tailored to meet your/your employers specific needs. Progress to further NVQs and apprenticeships in Business and Administration is available through East Riding Employment and Skills Team
- NEW - Business Skills: following a two week introductory course you will select from a wide range of business skills tailored to our personal career development needs. Ideal for anyone starting out or progressing with a business skills role
- NEW - Introduction to Customer Service Level 1 Certificate: following a one week introductory course you will develop your skills to work in the customer service industry, even if you have no previous experience, by developing your knowledge and customer service skills. Progress to further NVQs and apprenticeships are available through East Riding Employment and Skills Team.
- NEW - Office Procedures Level 1 and Level 2 Awards: following a two week introductory course you will work towards qualifications which cover all aspects of life in a modern office, from handling mail, invoices, and stock control to dealing with HR issues, preparing business documents and boosting customer service.
- NEW- Practical Office Skills: following a four week introductory course, this course will provide you with an introduction to working in a general office environment and is closely linked with the workplace. Learners could progress onto the Level 1 Award or Certificate in Practical Office Skills.
- Text and Word Processing Workshop: text and word processing qualifications are offered at three levels to suit individual needs. You will learn how to produce a range of business documents. Following your free, no obligation, introductory week, you will agree your course of study with the tutor. Fees will be advised during this first week.
- NEW - 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.
- Food Safety in Catering Award - this two day course is aimed at all food handlers working within any sector of the food industry. The areas covered include bacteria, food poisoning, contamination of food, pest control, personal hygiene and legislation. Exam will be taken at the end of day two.
- NEW - Hospitality Industry Introduction - find out more about the Hospitality Awards and Certificates including creating a portfolio of evidence. You will also undertake a skills assessment to allow us to create, with you, your individual learning plan. Progression will be to the Hospitality Awards and Certificates at Entry Level and Level 1.
- NEW - Advice and Guidance Introduction - find out more about the Advice and Guidance qualification and how to build a portfolio of evidence for assessment. You will also undertake a skills assessment to allow us to create, with you, your individual learning plan. Progression will be to the Advice and Guidance Certificate.
- NEW - Advice and Guidance Certificate - this qualification is for those working in all advice and guidance settings either in work or voluntary settings. It will focus on communication and interactions to support clients in preparing and completing their chosen actions; the knowledge required to work with legislative and procedural frameworks; working with other services through negotiation, liaison and referral; understanding and promoting careers education guidance within organisations and enabling clients learning through group work, demonstration and instruction. Learners must be working in an Advice and Guidance role.
- NEW - Community Development Award Introduction - find out more about the Community Development Award including creating a portfolio of evidence. You will also undertake a skills assessment to allow us to create, with you, your individual learning plan. Progression will be to the Community Development Award at either Level 1 or Level 2.
- NEW - Community Development Level 1 Award - this award has been designed to support learners who are new to community development work or learners who would like an introduction to working with community groups.
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- Web Design Beginners Step 1: covering the basic skills required to design and produce a personal web page using web design software. Existing basic computer skills necessary to be able to do this course.
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- Work Skills Introductory Programme - designed to help you gain the skills needed for employment. You will undertake a skills assessment and receive information, advice and guidance on careers and qualifications needed. You will have the opportunity to progress to work towards FREE Maths and English and Employability and Personal Development qualifications or a variety of other qualifications that may help you in your search for suitable employment.
- Work Skills Programme - designed to help you gain the skills needed for employment. You will receive information, advice and guidance on careers and qualifications needed. You will undertake a skills assessment and have the opportunity to work towards FREE Maths and English and Employability and Personal Development qualifications.
- Advanced Work Skills Programme - these are intensive courses for the unemployed, aimed at gaining skills in specific vocational areas of interest. You will work towards achieving either an Award or Certificate in Employability focusing on either employment or enterprise skills.
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. Top of page
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 over 100 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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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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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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