making life better by improving your skills

Learn Devon provides a range of courses to help provide important skills and qualifications, whether it’s to help you get a new job, support independent living or simply because you want to improve yourself.


Courses are designed to support both employers and employees, offering transferable skills and ensuring they meet both legal and commercial needs. For example, we offer one-day ‘emergency first aid at work’ qualification courses, which may help a business be legally compliant. We can also help with everything from food hygiene certification and learning about industry accounts software, to marketing and the best recruitment techniques.

independent living and leisure

Learn Devon offers a variety of courses for those with learning difficulties and disabilities. Our independent living courses are specially designed for those beginning their journey towards independence, whether it’s managing money or learning about the skills needed to enter the workplace.  Those with learning difficulties may also enjoy our independent leisure courses, covering things such as art, drama, music and pottery. If you can’t find a course that’s suited to you, please feel free to contact us or call in at one of our centres, where we’ll be happy to discuss how we can provide the course you need.

get that job

Ever felt you’d be really good at something but you can’t get that across in a job application or interview? Do you think you have most of the things a job requires, but there are a few key skills you’re missing? Many of our courses can help with this, whether it’s shoring up your English or maths skills or adding a new skill to your C.V. We also have a range of ‘get that job’ courses, specifically designed to help you with communication, completing job applications, developing confidence or introducing you to working in specific areas.

English and maths

If you feel that you could do with improving your English or maths, we can help you find out what skill level you are and get you on the right course. Whether you are looking to improve your basic skills or get an English or maths GCSE, there’s a course that will suit you. If you are aged from 16 to 19 years old, you need to be referred to our Learning Support Team to ascertain your programme of study from Careers South West. We can also help if English isn’t your first language.


We have courses at a range of levels in French, German, Italian and Spanish, as well as BSL and Makaton. Learn your first simple phrases or consolidate your already existing language knowledge.

Workforce development

The Workforce Development team supports vocational qualifications to those working within Health and Social Care services, across both adults’ and children’s services. They will support you in achieving your work and career goals – by helping you develop new knowledge and skills, or enhancing what you already have, for your current role or the next role you aspire to.


Many courses designed to help you with key skills and qualifications are free. For example, if you don’t have an English or Maths GCSE at level C or above, you might be able to get on one of our GCSE courses for nothing. For more info on who is eligible for concessions, such as those on certain state benefits who are looking to return to work, see our learning and support page.


(Please note: evidence of eligibility for concessions will be required)