Learning new skills as a new parent can be exceptionally rewarding - especially if you want to pursue a new career, climb up the work ladder or start your own business. If you're concerned you might be the oldest one in the class, don't be! Returning to education is commonplace these days and there are lots of options for mums who need to balance training and education with childcare and family life.

Where to start

Deciding to re-train is a big step and one that requires a lot of thought. Can you afford the time for example? How will you manage childcare? Do you have family who can help or is there an affordable creche at the college? The best way to start is to write a list of questions down and consider each one carefully. Once you have a workable plan, you can start searching for the right course.

If you are thinking about college and different courses you might like to  read "12 reasons to consider going back to college" or take a look at the Reigate College Prospectus & East Surrey College Prospectus which you will find at the bottom of this page.

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WEA (Workers' Educational Association)

If you have ben unemployed for more than six months WEA have a FREE programme that may benefit you.  They can offer mentoring, job skills, computer training, volunteer opportunities and ongoing support.  Please take a look at the flyer at the bottom of this page for more details...

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JACE Training

JACE is a medium sized Independent Training Provider that has consistently gained good grades from Ofsted.  JACE can offer you many options in a variety of vocational areas.  They can help you gain;

Qualifications for Working with Children,

Qualifications to improve your job prospects to help get you back to work,

Qualifications for Customer Service, Business Admin,

Food Safety & First Aid

Call JACE on 0845 241 7738 for more details or visit

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Free online learning courses

The Learn My Way website has loads of free online learning courses.  Everything from basic English and Maths through to how to use Universal jobmatch.

For more information contact:

Mel Munro, Income Suppport, Department for Work and Pensions, Epsom Jobcentre, 50 East Street, Epsom, Surrey KT17 1HQ

Phone: 01372 853303