Information on local training providers and online courses to help you improve your skills.

Farnborough College of Technology (FCoT)

FCoT offers a range of courses for adults, including professional evening courses, apprenticeships, degrees and more. To see the full range of courses and to find out how to apply visit the FCoT website.

Community First

Community First's Learning and Development team provides high value training programmes that aim to provide you with the skills you need to enable you to develop your capabilities and improve your effectiveness. Courses are normally delivered face to face in community settings in the borough, however all courses are currently being delivered via Zoom. To find out more about future courses and how to book a place visit the Community First website.

Construction Skills Fund - CSCS card

Training centres are located across the country including Aldershot, Bordon and Basingstoke. The courses are typically two weeks in duration and are designed to help people find their way into the construction industry, giving them basic trade skills and role specific certifications. These courses are being delivered by Hampshire Futures and whilst normally are delivered face to face, they are currently being delivered virtually, if you would like to find out more visit the Hampshire Futures Construction Skills web page or email

Hampshire libraries

Would you like to learn a new skill, maybe a new language or learn to paint? Hampshire libraries have a range of courses that would normally be delivered face to face, but are currently being delivered virtually. To find out more visit Hampshire County Council's learning in libraries page.

Read Easy UK

Read Easy is a UK charity offering free, confidential, 1:1 coaching for adults who struggle to read.  Their gentle one to one approach allows adults to learn in privacy, at their own pace, with the support of a dedicated reading coach and at a time and place to suit you. You can find more information about Read Easy at

Online learning resources

There is also a wide range of online resources to help you improve your skills and keep busy from home. Some will provide recognised qualifications, but all will help boost your confidence and work skills, all from the comfort of your home.

Barclays LifeSkills

Barclays have created free employability and financial capability programmes that you can access remotely. To find out more visit the Barclays Life Skills website.

BT Skills for Tomorrow

BT have collaborated with leading digital skills organisations to collate courses and information on a range of subjects, from getting online for the first time, to honing your skills for work. For more information visit the BT Skills for Tomorrow website.

ETA Consultancy Services

ETA Consultancy Services offer a vast range of NCFE/CACHE courses that are fully government funded, making them completely free of charge. Courses include business administration, digital skills, mental health first aid and many more. The distance learning courses have full tutor support and the option to complete workbooks online or on paper. When you complete the course, you will receive a nationally recognised and certified Level 2 qualification. To find out more, and to see the full list of courses, visit the ETACs website.


Focal is an online learning platform created by Farnborough College of Technology, offering a variety of course to support learners and employers across the UK. They aim to help learners to reach their goals; whether it is for a prospective job or to simply study a subject that they are passionate about.  Many of the qualifications can be started straight away and are free of charge. For more information visit the Focal website.

Google Digital Garage

Discover a range of free learning content designed to help your business or help you in your career. You can learn by selecting individual modules, or take an entire course. To find out more visit the Google Digital Garage website.

GCF Learn Free

In the current climate many people are using social media for business in a way they haven't needed to before. You may be asked to link up with colleagues or recruitment companies using Zoom or Skype for online meetings, interviews etc.  For information and advice on how to set up these apps and many others visit the GCF Learn Free website.

Learn My Way

Learn My Way has courses for you to learn digital skills. All course are free and will help you learn to look for work. For more information visit the Learn My Way website.

The Skills Toolkit

Find free and high quality digital and numeracy courses in the Skills Toolkit. Digital skills can be anything from using social media and staying safe online to coding, programming or digital marketing. Explore online courses on The Skills Tool Kit website.


FutureLearn has a diverse range of subjects to study with courses ranging in length from two to ten weeks. All courses are online and delivered by world class universities and industry experts. To explore the courses and start learning, visit the FutureLearn website.

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