Rother has many excellent establishments which offer apprenticeships, staff training, development and a range of other adult education options.

Learn Direct

Phone: 0800 101901 (Open 8am-9pm Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm Sat, 10am-6pm Sunday)

With a mission to transform the skills and productivity of the working population by using technology to bring people together to work, share and learn online, Acres show how they can transform people’s lives and help businesses thrive.

Back in 2000, Acres challenged the norm and took a bold step to deliver learning online.  In doing so, they have built a unique and market leading position – using technology to provide learning and assessment solutions. 

Local Business Training

Bexhill College

Address: Penland Road, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, TN40 2JG
Phone: 01424 214545

Bexhill College offers a varied and rewarding experience with the widest choice of advanced level courses and subjects available in Hastings and Rother. Praised in their most recent OFSTED report for their excellent exam results, their wide range of courses and social and education inclusion, life at Bexhill College is so much more than academic study.

Professional qualifications such as NVQs in Health and Social Care, Supporting Teaching and Learning or Children’s Care, Learning and Development and GCSEs, as well as a wide range of recreational courses which range from Reiki to painting, astronomy to cooking, IT to alternative therapies. Adult Literacy, Numeracy and English as a second language are all Skills for Life and qualifications can be gained through part-time and evening courses.

East Sussex College Group

Address: Station Plaza, Station Approach, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 1BA
Phone: 01424 458444

Sussex Coast College has strong links with the local business. They recognise that in today’s changing climate, many companies require a more tailored approach to training, designed to your specifications and based on your requirements, whether as an individual or as an organisation. They operate a “one stop shop” through which all business enquiries are routed. From initial consultation through to evaluation, they area an ideal option if you want tailored training to meet your organisational development and the skills needs of your employees. They can arrange to deliver training at a time and place to suit your needs, be it on-site, at College or another suitable location for you.

For further information and more details please contact their Employer Responsiveness team on the numbers above.

Sussex Downs College

Address: Employer Training, Mountfield Road, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2XH
Phone: 0845 2302007

At Sussex Downs College, Employer Training, they are passionate about helping individuals and local businesses to develop, innovate and flourish. Skills Advisers can help with:

  • Explaining how apprenticeships work and how you can start
  • Student Information
  • Recruitment through our Job Shop

They work with businesses in a variety of ways to provide education which employers, industry and people in Sussex need to succeed now and in the future.

Plumpton College

Address: Ditchling Road, Near Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 3AE
Phone: 01273 890454

The College specialises in providing a wide range of land-based courses in partnership with schools, for those in further education and for those in higher education. The College degree courses are provided in association with the University of Brighton.

The College’s main site is at Plumpton with out-centres at Netherfield near Battle, Robertsbridge and Flimwell.

Other Adult Learning

U3A Universities of Third Age

Phone (Battle): 01424 222383
Phone (London): 020 84666139

The Third Age Trust is the national representative body for the Universities of Third Age (U3As) in the UK.  U3As are self-help, self-managed lifelong learning co-operatives for older people no longer in full time work, providing opportunities for their members to share learning experiences in a wide range of interest groups and to pursue learning not for qualifications, but for fun.

Acres – Adult College for Rural East Sussex


Something for everyone, whether you want to take up a new interest for personal or professional development or gain a nationally recognised qualification.

For those who perhaps can’t commit to a daytime or evening course they have¬†Weekend Workshops that are¬†offered at various venues and times throughout the year. These though prove very popular so make sure you book well in advance.

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