As most of our members are within BT, and that BT's recruitment policy normally states 4 "O" levels/GCSE's there is not much call for the basic education such as numeracy and literacy, so the South East Centrals education strategy is more towards further education. However, this does not mean that we will overlook Literacy and Numeracy should this be required by our members.

As the branch is geographically large its difficult to geta main site in which to organise learning events, but we have negotiated with BT and got education rooms in Withdean Grange Telephone Exchange in Brighton and Tunbridge Wells Telephone Exchange. The union have equipped the rooms with laptops and other equipment. Most learning events in these buildings are of an informal type and members within those areas will be notified by email.

We are looking into the possibility of opening up rooms in Hastings TEC and Sevenoaks Workstyle should there be a demand. Should you want any events near you please contact the branch.

Free Further Education Link

Types of education.
  • Formal Education - will be provided by local education providers such as at the bottom of this webpage. These courses will normally finish with a recognised qualification. The cost of these courses would be dependent on numbers who wish to do the course, but do not let that be a deterrent to your study as we often get reductions on courses through the CWU & Union Learn (restricted to membership) including adult education to Degree via the Open University.

  • Informal Education - this would be run by the branch itself by people who would want to share knowledge. Currently what we have planned is Genealogy, Microsoft Excel, Social Media (such as Facebook, Twitter & Skype), Digital Photography and basic PC skills. With Informal education there are secondary benefits that is not instantly recognised, e.g. with genealogy you search databases (to search for relatives via census), thinking outside the box (finding other ways when reaching a dead end), fitness (exploring graveyards, church records, libraries, electoral lists), organisation (storing your records), presentation (how you show your records), communication (by involving others to assist your search) and PC Skills (the best way to gather info).



West Kent Education Centres

East Sussex Education Centres

Tonbridge & Tunbridge Wells area - West Kent College Website Hastings & Bexhill - Bexhill College - Sixth Form Website
Tonbridge area - Hadlow College Website Brighton - City College Brighton & Hove Website
Bromley area - Bromley College of Further Education Website Plumpton & Lewes - Plumpton College Website
Maidstone & West Malling - Mid Kent College Website Eastbourne - St Giles College - for English Language Website
Maidstone - University College for the Creative Arts Website Hastings - Sussex Coast College Website
    Eastbourne - Sussex Downs College Website
    Brighton - Varndean College - Sixth Form Website
    Brighton - University of Brighton Website
    Sussex - University of Sussex Website

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