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Welcome to Skills & Learning Adult Community Education

Now is the perfect time to learn something new. Our staff aim to give you the best possible learning experience when you take up a course with us. We are supporting thousands of learners each year to improve their skills, employment prospects and wellbeing.

 A partnership agreement between Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council and Dorset Council exists for a single joint adult learning service which created Skills & Learning on 1 May 2013. 

We are a customer focused organisation and are working with local communities, partner organisations and employers to provide opportunities to change people’s lives for the better through learning. 

A word from our Principal Learning Manager:

Skills & Learning is one of the top performing adult education providers in the country with some of the highest learner satisfaction rates in Dorset.  We are proud of our national reputation for success and you will find us a welcoming, respectful and friendly place to learn. 

Learning here is rewarding and enjoyable and whatever your starting points you will have the excellent support of our very committed, well qualified teaching and support team. We encourage all our learners to be ambitious and believe they can succeed by developing confidence, skills and improving well-being.  

Our programme is full of exciting new courses including a daytime, evening and weekend programme and our course offer is continually updated online to meet requests from individuals, communities and employers. Throughout the year we run additional Information Sessions, workshops and taster events so keep an eye on our website for more opportunities.

We have courses for those who want to feel more comfortable in the digital world and those who are looking to improve their skills for work. You could give your employment prospects a boost by attending one of our many FREE Job Clubs and Employment and Learning Hubs. Our dedicated tutors can share their years of expertise and experience with you, inspiring you to take your skills to the next level.

Joining in with others on our courses provides valuable support, and aids both your personal and professional development. Learning new skills and developing hobbies can be fun and gives you confidence if you want to find a job or progress in your career. You can use your new found skills to give to others, share your knowledge, help others or volunteer your time.

Lesley Spain
Principal Learning Manager

Our Vision, Mission and Values

Our Vision:

Strong, skilled and prosperous communities

Our Mission:

Improving skills and well-being for you, your community, your business

Skills & Learning contributes to the two Councils’ agendas by improving the life chances for young people and adults in DorsetQualifications and participation in learning helps people into work, to adapt to new labour markets and improves health and well-being.  Increasing the skills and independence of local people is the best investment the service can make for individuals, communities and businesses.

Our Values: 

  • Outstanding in teaching and learning
  • Inclusive and ethical
  • Excellence in customer service
  • Inspiring ambition, supporting progress


Our Achievements

  1. We are an OFSTED good provider 
  2. We are matrix accredited for our impartial Information, Advice and Guidance
  3. We are Adult and community learning provider of the year 2018 and 2019 finalists for the Tes FE Awards
  4. We have been awarded the Gold Centre IAB Award for our Bookkeeping and Accounting programmes
  5. 94.7% of learners would recommend us to their friends and family

Are you ready to start learning with us?


View Our Courses

If you are ready to start learning you can view our live course listing here.