Cheshire East Skills and Lifelong Learning team

Employment skills and community learning

We fund, deliver and work with local organisations to create learning opportunities, courses and classes. Our own team of tutors deliver maths, English and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses.

Through our commissioned partners we are able to offer deliver a wide range of funded (for the vast majority free) courses from accredited vocational programmes to practical life skills courses that widen participation in learning. See the Education and Skills Funding Agency to find out more about how we fund these courses.

Below are details from our partner agencies with regards to their provisions.

Our partners:

  • Cheshire Learning Partnership - Run 'Work Clubs' for those seeking employment, as well as qualifications and courses on topics such as ECDL, Cookery, Construction, Completing Application Forms and Interview Skills
  • East Cheshire Training - Deliver different levels of Functional Skills Qualifications. East Cheshire Training also deliver an Award in Construction Crafts.
  • Cheshire East Safeguarding Adults Board - Deliver Basic Adult Safeguarding Awareness training to all care providers and third sector partners across Cheshire East. This course is free of charge and will give delegates an understanding of relevant local policies, signs and symptoms, and how to report any concerns.
  • Macclesfield Disability Information Bureau -  Deliver courses and qualifications such as Using a computer keyboard, Using the internet, Word Processing Software
  • VITA Skills - Offer qualifications in Beauty Services and Foster Care
  • Workers' Educational Association - Teach Sign Language and Lip Reading skills
  • SUSO (Speaking Up Speaking Out) - Deliver a wide range of accessible training for adults with learning disabilities and additional needs to improve skills, opportunities and well-being for all

  • Create and Develop Career Solutions - Deliver a range of accredited qualifications including Customer Service, Food Safety in Catering, Warehousing and Storage Skills and Construction (CSCS card) as well as Introduction to Emergency First Aid session in the local community
  • CVS CE - Deliver a range of courses such as Financial Management and Budgeting to Cyber Safety and How to protect your organisation.
  • The Skills Network - Deliver a wide range of accredited qualifications including Prevention and Control of Infection, Mental Health, Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care and Team Leading to name but a few
  • The Guild for Lifelong Learning - Delivering exercise to Music For The Over 50’s

The council uses sub-contracted delivery as its main method of delivering adult education. This policy applies to all sub-contractors paid for by the Education and Skills Funding Agency Adult Education Budget that the council manages on its behalf.

Latest updates

The Skills and Lifelong Learning (S&LL) team and its partners are fully committed to providing and delivering quality learning experiences throughout the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.

We are supporting our partners to continue delivering through face to face and online and/or virtual learning platforms by funding our partners with their new initiatives and supplying our learners with technology.

Your course leader or contact will keep in touch with you throughout the periods of lockdown so please make sure that you and your tutor or contact discuss and agree your learning needs during the lockdown.  Your course leader will put the appropriate measures in place for you.

Our Quality Manager, Vicky Orlando, will ensure that the learning you require is available to you. Please contact Vicky on 07921956741 or should you have any queries about your learning requirements.

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We offer English Language Courses (ESOL).

Due to teaching commitments there may be a delay in our responses, please be patient. Contact Christine on for more information.

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Page last reviewed: 26 April 2021