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Due to predicted high demand, applications for the Household Support Fund have now closed. Further support can be found on our Cost of Living and Household Support pages

New courses for 2024/2025

If you want to explore new interests, learn digital skills, improve your health and wellbeing or develop yourself for employment, then we have a range of courses on offer. For more information and start dates, use our Course Search or view our latest prospectus below .

Employability courses

Into employment - health and social care

This free course is for those interested in a career in the health and social care sector with the NHS or with Dudley Council in both clinical and non-clinical roles. 

Duration: each course lasts four weeks, Monday to Friday from 10am to 2.30pm.

Venue: Brierley Hill Neighbourhood Learning Centre*

The course is free, and courses run every month from January 2024. On completion of the course you will be guaranteed an interview for a job.

For more information please call ACL on 01384 818143 or email: acl@dudley.gov.uk

Pre-employment training

We offer one-to-one support and courses to help you search for work. You can learn how to complete an effective job application, create a CV, be successful at interviews, build confidence, and develop other work-related skills like team work.

Our pre-employment training courses are designed to focus on the key skills required to secure a job in the sector you want. They are aligned to local job vacancies and our employment team will work with you throughout your training to support you into a job.

Pre-employment training courses are offered at Brierley Hill Neighbourhood Learning Centre every day from 9.30am to 3pm over two consecutive weeks. These can include an element of training for the career sector that you want in areas of customer service, care or warehousing.

Help with employment and training

Dudley Council is offering support for adults who are looking to develop their employability skills.

The UKSPF (UK Shared Prosperity Fund) People & Skills programme offers individuals opportunities to gain a brighter future through upskilling and/or gaining employment.

The programme is designed to support people who are economically inactive, meaning those who are without work and not in receipt of benefits, or those out of work but in receipt of certain health-related benefits. It's for adults aged 19 right up to retirement.

Support available includes customised training, 1-2-1 support, coaching, mentoring, development opportunities, and apprenticeships, and also includes self-employment guidance.

For more information phone 01384 813567 or email: ukspfps@dudley.gov.uk

Skill Up

Skill Up is a fast-track learning programme for learners to gain a nationally recognised qualification. 

Please contact us for the next course start date.

View ACL Skill Up flyer below for more information.

Maths skills for everyday life

Multiply is a new government funded programme to help adults learn maths skills for life and work.

If you are aged 19 and over and don’t have a maths GCSE at grade C or above, or an equivalent qualification, then you can join a free maths course through Multiply.

We have free courses to help you build your confidence and ability. The focus is on having fun with numbers and learning practical skills to manage budgets and to support you to:

• manage your money
• strengthen your skills in the workplace
• improve your skills to help with better job opportunities or progress in work
• help your children with the maths they are learning in school
• learn about overdraft charges and interest rates and loans

On our free courses we can also offer debt advice or referral to specialist debt services if required.

Courses are free and offered in the classroom and online. You will need to register with us so that we can identify if it is the right course for you.

For more information, please call 01384 818143 or email: acl@dudley.gov.uk

Digital skills

If you are struggling with technology, or just need to get a little more confident, we can help you improve your digital and computer skills for life or the workplace.

The use of computers, tablets and smartphones has become an essential part of daily life. Access to the internet using these devices will enable you to save money, book appointments, find important information, pay your bills, and email and chat to friends and family. Having digital skills will also help to keep you safe online and enable you to make good use of the internet for everything from job searching to booking a holiday.

Absolute beginners can join our free Digital Skills Taster course which is six hours of learning. On this you will learn how to:

  • increase confidence using a computer
  • use digital skills on a computer, tablet or smartphone
  • be safe online