Essential Skills for Life

Develop your life skills with a free training programme for Ashfield residents

Improving your basic skills can have a huge impact on your life, helping you to find new jobs, connect with new people, and make your day-to-day life easier. 

With our free training programme, you can improve your:

  • Confidence
  • Motivation
  • Employability
  • Budgeting Skills
  • Digital Skills
  • and more!

If you live in Ashfield and want to learn more, fill out our form today!

Please complete this short form to sign up

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Is it right for me?

The Essential Skills for Life programme, funded by Ashfield District Council’s allocation of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund Investment Plan, has been created for adults living in Ashfield, to help them increase their skills and move forward in life.

It's perfect for anyone who is wanting to take their first steps in developing their skills. 

The skills you learn on the programme can help you to:
  • Feel more confident when applying for jobs 
  • Understand more about how to manage your money and budget your household income 
  • Improve your digital skills, so you can navigate the online world with ease
  • Increase your motivation and help you to develop a plan for what you want to do next

How do I start the programme?

The programme will be delivered through face-to-face workshops, where you'll receive support from our incredible Skills Tutors as well as being able to connect with other people in your community. 

You'll be able to choose the training courses that are best suited to you, meaning the support you'll receive will be completely personalised to your needs.

You'll also be offered one-to-one mentoring and guidance to support you as you move forward in your learning journey.

Workshops will be available across Ashfield, including: 

• Sutton Central & Leamington 

• Stanton Hill & Skegby 

• Kirkby Central (covering Greenwood and Summit) 

• East Kirkby (covering Sutton Junction, Harlow Wood, Kingsway and Abbey Hill) 

• Selston 

• Hucknall Westville  


Discover which workshops are running in your area by completing the form above and talking to our friendly team.

Please be aware that eligibility requirements apply:

To join the Essential Skills for Life programme, you must:

  • Be an Ashfield resident
  • Be aged 16 years or older

If you are unsure if you are eligible or not, please use the contact form above and we’ll be in touch.

If you're not able to join the Essential Skills for Life programme, support is still available - get in touch with us to see how we can help you.