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Learning and employment

Adult and Community Learning Team

Adult and Community Learning in Dudley offers a wide range of part-time courses for adults. The courses are run in neighbourhood learning centres, libraries, schools and community centres and include many courses for people who have done little or no studying for a while and want to do basic skills or taster courses.

We can offer you additional support including:

  • Practical help for learners with a disability
  • Information supplied in alternative formats and languages
  • Information and advice about what to do next
  • Specialist equipment, e.g. ICT software, adjustable desks
  • Full concessions for adults who meet eligible criteria, for example those on a low income or who are unemployed



Training for people working in health and social care – for the independent and voluntary sectors

The DACHS Learning and Development team at Dudley Council offers specialised training for people working in health and social care.

Our courses and qualifications are designed specifically to meet the Care Quality Commission's training requirements for the health and social care sector. Many of our courses are accredited with national awarding organisations such as City and Guilds and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.


Learning for older people

Adults of all ages are welcome to enrol for courses offered by colleges, universities and adult learning services. In fact the Adult and Community Learning Team's website says that its oldest learner was 101. However, older people may also like to look at courses offered by Age UK or the University of the Third Age.

Learning for younger people with disabilities

The Connexions service works with young people with disabilities and additional needs between the ages of 13 and 25. They work with educational and training providers to help people find the courses they need whether these are mainstream courses or courses designed for people with particular educational needs.

Colleges and universities

There is a list of local colleges and universities. Follow the links for further information about the colleges, vocational and non-vocational courses and any support they offer to students with additional needs.


Looking for work - Gov.uk

The government's website offers comprehensive information on looking for work, benefits and services offered through Job Centre Plus (JCP). There are sections on the site for people with disabilities, carers, parents and young people. Local JCP offices have specialist Disability Employment Advisers and now offer a range of training and advice for carers wishing to start or restart work.


Access to Employment - work for people with learning disabilities and/or autism

There are also specialist services for people with learning disabilities and/or autism and other additional needs who are looking for work.

Additional support in looking for work

Work Clubs can help you with writing your CV, searching for a job and interview techniques.