We provide education and training opportunities, for people over 19-years-old, to help you learn new things and gain the skills you need to get a job.

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These learning programmes are funded and quality assured by Lambeth Council’s Adult Learning Service. We receive funding from the Greater London Authority (GLA) co-funded by the European Social Fund where appropriate.

Lambeth Adult Learning was inspected by Ofsted on 29th to 30th October 2019 and achieved ‘good’ across all criteria.

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1. Update on classes and learning during Covid-19

The current Covid-19 lockdown means that Lambeth Adult Learning centres are temporarily closed. However, we are doing our best to deliver our classes in other ways, such as through online learning, the post, social media and phone calls.

Our current learners are being contacted to explain how to access current and future courses and learning materials. If you want to become a new learner with us over the summer term, please contact one of our learning centres (on contact details on section 3. Adult Online courses in Lambeth) or Sign up to our monthly electronic newsletter to find out what is going on.

We are trying hard to make sure that no one is left isolated or with no access to learning. Learning something new is so important for mental health and wellbeing, and our electronic Learner newsletter will have lots of information on how to keep healthy. Sign up to receive this for free over the summer.

The government has also created a new website called the Skills Toolkit with links to lots of free, high-quality courses covering digital skills and numeracy. They are all online and flexible, which means you can work through them whenever you have the time. You will need a computer with internet to access the courses. Find out more at the skills tool kit

Lambeth Adult Learning want to say a big thank you to all staff and tutors who are working so hard to develop online classes and resources, and to stay in contact with learners. And thank you to all our learners for your patience and enthusiasm to keep learning!

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2. Lambeth Adult Learning

Lambeth Adult Learning is part of Lambeth Council’s Sustainable Growth and Opportunity Directorate. Learning programmes are delivered on behalf of the council by 16 subcontracted providers at over 130 different venues across the borough. Provision is targeted at those new to learning, with no or low levels of qualifications, and those furthest from the job market. There is also in-work provision supporting those in the workplace to progress.

The service’s aim is to widen participation in learning and promote social inclusion. Lambeth Adult Learning enrols about 3,000 part-time learners each year, all aged over 19. About 72% of learning programmes are non-accredited, with 28% leading to a qualification. Lambeth is ranked as the 22nd most deprived borough in England and unemployment in the borough is 5.4% compared to the national average of 4.7%.

Ofsted inspectors noted that ‘Managers ensure the most disadvantaged learners are effectively engaged and supported.
Learners make good progress, often from low starting points; they achieve their goals well and many progress into further learning and employment’. Congratulations to the Lambeth Adult Learning team and all our partners.

Whether you're a lone parent, need support with English language skills, have been out of work for a long time, are looking for a career change or want to join one of our in-work programmes, we can help you find the course for you.

You can contact us about your training needs by using the following methods:

Telephone: 020 7926 3304 - Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

3. Adult courses in Lambeth

If you want to learn a new skill, gain a qualification to boost your job prospects, meet people, learn something for fun, or get over an illness, you will find a course that interests you.

Courses vary from improving your writing and computer skills, to getting to grips with managing your money, art, health, fitness, media, business and counselling. To find a list of courses currently available at each of our Course Providers, please click on the Lambeth Adult Learning Autum 2020 Courses Update document under Downloads at the end of this page.

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4. Adult Learning policies, fees and charges