Aspire Sussex wins bid to build better opportunities across West Sussex

Aspire Sussex Adult Education has been successful in their bid to the Building Better Opportunities programme and have received development funding totalling £100,000 to lead on the development of two new projects across the Coast to Capital LEP area (Sussex, Surrey, Brighton and part of Hampshire).

The two projects which are now in the development stage will involve working with a range of partners to provide targeted family-focused provision and community inclusion. Getting to this stage means Aspire Sussex will go forward to the next round of the bid process.

Building Better Opportunities is funded through joint investment from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.

For further information on the project, please email Robyn Kohler at

Try A One-Day Course in Littlehampton!

Littlehampton Academy is our host for our most recent set of one-day workshops!

These are a brilliant way of trying a course out, or getting an introduction into something completely new. On Saturday, 14th November, we will be running:

These courses are all held at Littlehampton Academy on Saturday 14th November and run from 10am to 4pm.

Concessions of 70% are available for those on a means-tested benefit, or of 10% for those over the age of 65, so we are confident that we have something affordable for everyone! To see what other one-day workshops we have running across the county, please click here.

Free drop-in sessions for families and teachers at the Imagination Station!

As part of the nationwide Family Learning Festival 2015, Aspire Sussex Ltd Family Learning would like to offer families an exciting opportunity to take part in some free, fun family learning activities at the Imagination Station!

Come along to find out more about Family Learning and how it could help you to support your children’s learning. The drop-in sessions will include fun reading, number, science, art and food-based activities, all of which can be easily and cheaply replicated at home. You will receive a Family Learning information sheet and details of activities you can do at home with your child.

Aspire Sussex Ltd works in partnership with Children and Family Centres, Nursery Schools, Primary Schools and Secondary Schools to deliver a range of courses where parents/carers and children are involved in learning. Some courses involve adults and children learning together and some courses are for adults only. Family Learning is a perfect way into learning and offers:

  • The opportunity for families to learn together, discover new skills and encourage them to pursue further learning in a supportive and friendly environment.
  • Support for parents/carers to become more involved in their child’s education and to raise awareness of the vital role that they play in raising attainment levels.
  • Opportunities for adults to progress to further learning and to gain qualifications.

If you are a parent or an adult who plays a significant role in caring for a child, or are interested in finding out more about Family Learning and work in a Children and Family Centre, Nursery or School, come along and have some fun.

  • Where? Main Hall, Durrington Community Centre, 2 Romany Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN13 3FJ, (near Tesco).
  • When? Thursday, 22nd October 2015
    • 12.15-1.45pm – aimed at families with pre-school children
    • 3.15-4.45pm – aimed at families with school-age children

Please just turn up on the day, or give us a call on 01273 840705.

Improving mental wellbeing through learning

‘Aspire 2B Me’ is a new project set up by Aspire Sussex Adult Education which offers a selection of free courses to people over the age of 19, who are recovering from mild to moderate mental ill health, which could include anxiety, depression or sleep disorders.

The project is part of the National Government funded Community Learning Mental Health Pilot which aims to prove that adult education can have a significant and positive impact on individuals’ lives.

Courses on offer include:

  • Art for Wellbeing
  • Creative Writing
  • In Your Own Words
  • Singing for Wellbeing
  • Managing Anxiety
  • Managing Anger
  • Food and Mood

Robyn Kohler, CEO for Aspire Sussex said: “With 1 in 4 people in the UK experiencing mental ill health at some point in their life, we are pleased to be part of the government pilot and look forward to helping many people to improve their mental wellbeing through learning over the course of the next year.”

For further information on the courses being run by Aspire Sussex as part of this project please contact 0345 6 01 01 61 or visit

Weekend Workshops at Shoreham Academy

After the summer off, Adult Education weekend workshops return to Shoreham Academy this October! As ever, with one-day workshops ranging from Floristry to Psychology, Italian to Photography, and Carpentry to African Drumming, we’re confident that we have got something on offer for everyone.

Our full offering for that day is:

Weekend workshops are perfect for those that may not be able to commit to a longer course, those that want to try something out, or for those that simply want to try something brand new!

These courses are all held at Shoreham Academy on Saturday 17th October, and are from 10am to 4pm. To see what other one-day workshops we have running across the county, please click here.

Upcoming Saturday workshops in Bognor Regis

We are pleased to announce the programme for a weekend of courses coming up in Bognor Regis!

On Saturday 10th October, we will be running no less than twelve one-day workshops. These courses are perfect for those that may not be able to commit to a longer course, those that want to try something out, or for those that simply want to try something brand new!

Our full list of courses that day are:

These courses are held on the Regis School campus, just off Westloats Lane, and are from 10am to 4pm. To see what other one-day workshops we have running across the county, please click here.

Aspire Sussex has become an approved AAT provider

Aspire Sussex has been accredited by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) to deliver its accounting qualifications.

AAT is the UK’s leading qualification and professional body for vocational accountants. Its qualifications give students practical skills to work in a range of finance and accounting jobs. People with AAT qualifications go on to work at all levels and in all sectors of the economy with some running their own accountancy practices.

Aspire Sussex are pleased to be offering the following AAT qualifications in local centres across West Sussex:

  • Level 1 Award in Accounting (Access)
  • Level 1 Award in Bookkeeping
  • Level 1 Award in Computerised Accounting
  • Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping
  • Level 2 Accounting Skills to Run Your Business

Only AAT Approved training providers are allowed to deliver AAT qualifications and courses and they must first go through a rigorous verification process. Students should therefore only register with an AAT Approved training provider to ensure they receive the highest standard of teaching.

Commenting on the announcement Robyn Kohler, Aspire Sussex CEO said: “AAT strengthens our offering in the accounting and finance fields by matching this prominent qualification with our tutors wealth of knowledge and expertise in training accountancy students. It will offer students the chance to learn some of the most in-demand skills in the world, and gain a professional status they can be proud of.”

Mark Farrar, AAT Chief Executive, said: “Every business needs well trained finance staff and an AAT qualification demonstrates to a prospective employer that you have the skills to do a job. Gaining an AAT qualification, which are internationally recognised and respected, is a great step into a professional finance career.”

For further information please contact Aspire Sussex on 0345 6 01 01 61 or visit

Celebrating Creativity in Littlehampton

Aspire Sussex Adult Education students and tutors are getting creative this month with a free Art and Crafts exhibition which is being run as part of the Littlehampton Arts Festival.

The exhibition takes place on Saturday 18 July and from Monday 20 July – Friday 24 July inclusive from 10.30am to 4pm, at The New Learning Shop, 88 High Street, Littlehampton, BN17 5DX.

Organised by Aspire Sussex, the event will celebrate the talents of local students and tutors in drawing, painting, woodcarving, pottery and lots more, showcasing a range of skills from beginners to advanced.

Robyn Kohler, CEO for Aspire Sussex, said: “This event is a great opportunity to come along and see first-hand the quality of work students on our courses produce.”

Information about new courses for the next academic year will be available. For further information on the range of Adult Education courses offered by Aspire Sussex, please contact 0345 6 01 01 61 or visit

Language Courses

Are you going on holiday this year? Need to brush up on your languages? We have a wide range of languages available, ranging from Beginners to degree-level (Level 4).

To see our range of courses, please click the relevant link below:

As part of our programme, we will be running a number of intensive courses, running over three or four full days. Please click here to see our range.

If you’re not sure what level would be best for you, you can find our self-diagnostic assessments online by following this link.

You may be eligible for some concessions. If you are over 65, you will receive a 10% discount on your total fees. Alternatively, if you are in receipt of a means-tested benefit – such as Housing Benefit, Council Tax Allowance, Job Seeker’s Allowance, etc. – you may qualify for a huge 70% discount. For more information on the concessions available, please click here.

We are currently in the process of planning our programme for September 2015, and these courses will be advertised in June. For more information, please call us on 0345 6 01 01 61 or email us at

Aspiring designs from ALDD students in Crawley

As Marketing and Communications Manager for Aspire Sussex, one of the favourite parts of my job is meeting students and hearing about how our classes have helped change their life.

Last week, I was invited to attend a class for Adults with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities (ALDD) in Crawley to find out about a new enterprise making greetings cards that had been set up from the classroom.

It was obvious that under the guidance of one of our expert tutors, the students had developed in confidence and learnt new skills to assist the venture. Students told me how they design cards (some are drawn by hand and others are produced using a computer) and their current plans to extend the range of cards on sale to include Mother’s Day and possibly Easter cards in the coming weeks.

The group had to come up with a name, choosing “Aspire Greetings Cards”, and have learnt a whole new set of skills which includes money skills, writing letters, sending emails and researching to name just a few.

The future looks bright for the students who are planning to design other items such as mugs, badges and magnets.