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A range of providers offer courses to help you gain skills and qualifications which could help you find work, progress your career or provide training opportunities for your employees. 


Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is offering local businesses and employees access to a free online learning platform with SEEDL. Once registered, you can take part in an unlimited number of courses. Once a course is completed, participants can download a learning certificate to evidence their personal development in gaining additional skills and knowledge. As an accredited organisation, SEEDL provides training, workshops and events which can count towards continuing professional development, known as CPD hours.

Part-time and distance learning

BCoT's Aspiral Learning team offers a range of free* and flexible distance learning courses that are a great way to build your CV and demonstrate your commitment to continued professional development. Study can be undertaken at your own pace, starting at any time and an allocated individual tutor will support you throughout your learning journey.

They also offer part-time professional courses in subjects such as finance, human resources and business administration.


Apprenticeships develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce. Businesses that offer apprenticeships view them as beneficial to their long-term development. Apprentices can be new or current employees and can be used to recruit and train new staff or to develop existing staff. A number of providers including Basingstoke College of Technology and Basingstoke ITEC offer apprenticeships and The University of Winchester offers degree apprenticeships.

The Apprenticeship and Skills Partnership offers free and impartial advice to organisations of any size across Hampshire and Surrey on apprenticeship and skills training. It can help  organisations to find the most suitable training provider and offer guidance on funding apprenticeship training, levy transfers and sourcing apprentices. 

The Basingstoke and Deane Apprenticeship Business Fund aims to support any micro business or SME to access talent through apprenticeships. Eligible businesses can apply for grants of £5,000 per apprentice to support with the costs of recruiting and retaining a new apprentice. Businesses can apply for funding for up to three new apprenticeships. Closing date is 31 March 2024.

If you are considering an apprenticeship you will also find information on The Apprenticeship and Skills Hub.

Green skills training

A series of free online green skills courses has been created and is available through the Innovation South Virtual Campus (ISVC) learning platform. The courses are designed to be accessible to everyone, regardless of their background or prior knowledge and include these topics:

  • Carbon Literacy
  • Introduction to Domestic Retrofitting
  • Introduction to Retrofit Technologies
  • Introduction to Sustainable Resource Management
  • Rainwater and Greywater Harvesting
  • Tree Planting and Climate Change

The M3 Job Club 

If you’ve just been made redundant or looking to return to work, The M3 Job Club can help. Based in Basingstoke, it is a community-based charity made up of a voluntary group of experienced and enthusiastic professionals. It offers people ‘Get Back to Work’ workshops, coaching and mentoring so you can learn all the skills needed to shine in today’s jobs market.

Universities within the area

The University Centre, Basingstoke offers higher-level study programmes designed to boost employment and career prospects in the area. The full and part-time courses range from entry-level access to higher education, from Higher National Certificates and foundation degrees, through to professional Level 7 qualifications.

Basingstoke is also within easy reach of seven universities in the region, including one Russell Group university – the University of Southampton. Courses in business, finance, technology and creative arts are widely available helping support the growth of our knowledge-based economy, together with more specialist areas such as engineering, medicine and real estate – helping to bolster the skills base available locally.

Find out more about education in Basingstoke and Deane.

*Subject to eligibility checks, these courses are government-funded and can be studied entirely online or in part with a range of supplied resources. 

Updated April 2024

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