• Who we are and what we do 

    We provide high-quality, impartial information, advice and guidance to help you think about the abilities you already have, what jobs could be right for you, the skills and qualifications you might need to get a job (or a better job), and which courses to choose. 

    Who can access this service? 

    The service is available for all adults thinking about returning to learning or already on a course with MAES and planning to progress to further learning and work.

    We can provide

    • Free, impartial information, advice and guidance about learning, training and work
    • Careers advice and information
    • Skills assessments and information about MAES courses
    • Advice about progression to higher-level courses with us or other learning providers
    • Advice about financial support for course fees, childcare, transport costs and other support for your learning while you are on a course
    • Referral and signposting to other services if needed.

    Additional Learner Support 

    If you have a learning difficulty and/or disability and need additional support while attending a MAES course, we may be able to help with:

    • One-to-one support 
    • Communicator support (BSL – British Sign Language)
    • Note-taker support 
    • Dyslexia support

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  • Privacy Statement

    Privacy Statement  - General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)


    When you enrol on a course with us, we will collect some personal data.  Please see the statement below which explains why we collect this information, what we do with it, and that we will destroy this information securely when it is no longer required.


    How We Use Your Personal Information


    This privacy notice is issued by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), on behalf of the Secretary of State for the Department of Education (DfE). It is to inform learners how their personal information will be used by the DfE, the ESFA (an executive agency of the DfE) and any successor bodies to these organisations. For the purposes of relevant data protection legislation, the DfE is the data controller for personal data processed by the ESFA. Your personal information is used by the DfE to exercise its functions and to meet its statutory responsibilities, including under the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 and to create and maintain a unique learner number (ULN) and a personal learning record (PLR). Your information will be securely destroyed after it is no longer required for these purposes.


    Your information may be shared with third parties for education, training, employment and well-being related purposes, including for research. This will only take place where the law allows it and the sharing is in compliance with data protection legislation.


    The English European Social Fund (ESF) Managing Authority (or agents acting on its behalf) may contact you in order for them to carry out research and evaluation to inform the effectiveness of training.

    You can agree to be contacted about courses by completing the 'Survey Contact' section.


    Further information about use of and access to your personal data, details of organisations with whom we regularly share data, information about how long we retain your data, and how to change your consent to being contacted, please visit:


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