I would like to improve my skills for work

We have a range of courses designed to help you get into work or progress in your job.

Skills Plus Centres – learn in a friendly, relaxed environment with other adults – English, maths and employability courses

Improving your maths and English skills and gaining or updating your qualifications can improve your CV, build your confidence and enhance your chances of getting a job or progressing in your career. Our Skills Plus Centres offer free maths and English courses leading to Functional Skills qualifications. These are on offer from a basic level up to Level 2. Courses can be joined at any time of year and we have centres throughout Kent. Functional Skills qualifications may be acceptable instead of GCSEs to enable you to go onto further learning. Please check the entry requirements with your learning provider.

Skills Plus also offers year long intensive GCSEs in maths and English. These courses start in September of each year.

More information on GCSEs (opens in new website).

Some centres offer courses specifically designed to improve your employment skills by looking at CVs, interview techniques, letter writing, working with others, writing reports, working with money, understanding payslips and many other skills used in the work place. You can learn these skills while working towards Functional Skills qualifications.

More information on studying maths, English or improving your employment skills in a Skills Plus Centre

KT&A (Kent Training and Apprenticeships)

If you are aged 16 to 19 years old our Work Ready Extra programme or an apprenticeship may be just what you are looking for.

Visit the Kent Training and Apprenticeships website

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and English as a Foreign Language (EFL) 

If English is not your first language and you need to improve to find a better start, to manage day-to-day life in the UK, to apply for British Citizenship or to gain nationally recognised ESOL qualifications we can help. We also have courses which focus on employability skills, health and safety, ICT and healthcare. Each learner works towards an Individual Learning Plan (ILP). If your goal is employment, your learning plan will focus on the language steps needed to achieve it.

More information on ESOL and EFL courses


Response offers short courses aimed specifically at those who are unemployed or on a low income. The courses are designed to bring back confidence and help set you on the path to better paid work or further learning. Types of courses on offer include: Food Safety in Catering, Health and Safety in the Workplace, and First Aid.

Kent Adult Education

Kent Adult Education offers a wide range of courses that could improve your chances of getting a job.

Visit the Kent Adult Education website


If you are an employer and need to upskill your staff, click here to make your enquiry. For groups of ten or more we can devise bespoke courses to suit your specific needs and can deliver it at your premises if you have suitable training rooms.

Are you ready to take a GCSE?

Virtual learning for GCSEs available from 19th February.

Click here for more info.

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