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Eastleigh College supporting Skills for Life campaign

Eastleigh College is supporting the Government’s Skills for Life campaign and encouraging adult learners to realise their potential and access a course or apprenticeship to help them further their career and future job prospects.

It is never too late to learn and the opportunities available are flexible, achievable and designed to fit in with learners’ current careers and personal commitments. Eastleigh College has experts on hand to help and advise on the funded opportunities available to help learners unlock their future potential. 

“Under the Skills for Life umbrella we are offering apprenticeships, essential skills qualifications and free courses for jobs, the majority of which are fully funded,” said Rhys Jay, Brand, Engagement and Learner Recruitment Account Manager at Eastleigh College. “No matter what your current qualifications are or whether you want a career change or a progression, we have courses to suit everyone.”

Jo Landon, Head of Planning and Operations at Eastleigh College, said: “We understand that it can often be difficult and daunting for those already in work, with family commitments or a lack of self-belief to access courses or training that will help them further their career. Skills for Life brings together the huge range of opportunities we have for learning, support and advice to gain the skills people need for the job they want - whatever age.”

Adult learners can choose from the following:


An apprenticeship is a real job with a contract and holiday leave, where participants learn, gain experience and get paid. Apprenticeships are available in a wide range of industries.

Essential Skills

Available in English, numeracy and digital skills, Essential Skills qualifications help learners to develop and demonstrate that they can apply these vital skills to a range of situations whilst at work, in learning and throughout life. Courses range from entry-level for complete beginners to courses at Level 1 or Level 2, which are equivalent to GCSE. There is also the opportunity for learners to gain their GCSE in English and maths - both these course offerings take place on a part-time basis over a year.

English courses for speakers of other languages are also available to help learners get the essential reading, writing, speaking and listening skills needed for life and work in the UK.

Free Courses for Jobs

If learners do not already have a Level 3 qualification (equivalent to A-Levels or an advanced technical diploma), they can choose from over 400 free courses to help them boost their earnings or get a better job. Courses link to a large range of sectors including accounting, health and social care, construction, early years, catering and agriculture.

From April 2022, these free courses will also be available to adults who are unemployed or earning below the National Living Wage, even if they already have a Level 3 qualification or higher. The free Level 1 and Level 2 online courses we offer are delivered exclusively through EC online.

National Skills Fund

The National Skills Fund courses will help adults to train and gain the skills they need to improve their job prospects. They are designed to support the immediate economic recovery and future skills demand by boosting the supply of skills that employers require.

As part of the National Skills Fund Eastleigh College is offering a Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce, a Level 3 HABC Diploma in Adult Care, a Level 3 Diploma in Leadership and Management and a Level 3 Construction Contracting Operations.

All the courses mentioned can be undertaken online, face-to-face or via a blended approach of both, enabling participants to learn at a pace and time convenient to them.

To learn more about all the courses available and how to apply, join our online Skills for Life webinar on Friday April 8th at 11 A.M. It’s free to register and Rhys Jay will be on hand to provide all the important information as well as answer any questions. To register, please click here.