About adult learning

Courses for adult learning

The Bedfordshire Employment and Skills Service (BESS) provides opportunities for residents in Central Bedfordshire and Bedford Borough to learn in the community.

Courses provide learning focused on employability and job skills to help and support residents to get into work, to support career progression or to progress to further learning.

Courses also provide learning and skills focused on supporting residents with specific needs related to disabilities, health conditions, mental ill-health or those affected by homelessness.

Download our course guide (PDF 1.2MB) for information about courses.

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No fees

Bedfordshire Employment and Skills Service (BESS) courses are free for eligible learners. You will be given details of eligibility when you enrol.

Enrol on a course

To enrol on a course, contact us and we'll get in touch with advice on finding the right course in your area.

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Learning support

We provide additional support, where required, to learners with a learning difficulty or disability. Any learning support needs you might have should be discussed when you are enrolling on a course, during induction or at the first session. We can also, in some cases, reimburse travel or childcare costs you incur attending sessions. Your tutor will let you know about the process for doing this.

Courses available

We have a wide range of courses available. These include:

  • maths courses
  • English courses
  • IT courses
  • English for speakers of other languages courses
  • health and wellbeing courses
  • volunteering courses
  • employability courses
    Build skills in preparation for employment including:
    • returning to work
    • job searching and applications
    • interview skills
    • team work
    • networking
  • job-specific courses
    Build skills for employment and gain a qualification, including:
    • health and adult care
    • hospitality
    • leisure
  • working with children and young people courses
    Build skills for working with children, including:
    • early years
    • support work in schools 


Find out more about the apprenticeships we offer

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