Support for Learning and Employment

Allocation of Learning Place
Our purpose is to…. Help adults from all Stirling communities to overcome barriers to life and learning, improving their quality of life and wellbeing”. In line with our funding and the aims of the organisation we give priority to learners from the following groups when allocating learning places:

  • People from Cornton and the other regeneration areas of Stirling
  • People who are unemployed
  • People on low incomes (including in receipt of state benefits, in receipt of pension credit and in receipt of working tax credit)
  • People with disabilities
  • People with physical and mental ill health

Where we have places that have not been filled by learners from these groups we are pleased to offer these places to other interested learners.

Tutor Led Classes
We provide a variety of taught informal classes in a wide range of subjects. These will change on a regular basis but have included i.e. ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence), Counselling Skills, SwITched On, Employability Plus amongst others. These classes are provided both by ACE directly and with support of our partners.

Training and Learning for Local Groups
We can arrange bespoke training courses for local groups in line with their learning needs. Please contact us at for more details.

Do you have questions/concerns about your benefits, debt etc. Advice sessions are available on Wednesday from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at ACE Cornton. Drop in or call 01786 445619/07956963399 to arrange an appointment.
Please also see CHANGE timetable for other venues in Stirling where Advice sessions are available.

Work Search Sessions
Offers job seekers free use of computers/internet for access to job search sites and return to work resources with support available from both Staff and Volunteers. Available weekly on Thursday 12.15 – 2pm (no appointment necessary)

ACE has developed a group of volunteers who are experienced in the support of learners in the classes we offer. These ‘buddies’ help learners overcome the barriers to learning often encountered by those who attend community learning classes. They can also offer a chance for learners to discuss problems which are not directly part of learning but can prove to be a barrier to progress. We also have volunteers who can offer advice on subjects such as IT and starting your own business.

Job Coaching
In October 2014, ACE recruited eight individuals in the role of Job Coaches. Individuals who are in receipt of DWP Access to Work funding are supported by our Job Coaches in their place of work. For further information on this support service please call 01786 445619.

Charges for Learning
ACE Cornton provides some classes directly and others in partnership with Forth Valley College. For classes offered in partnership with Forth Valley College there may be a charge, however depending on your circumstances you may be eligible for a fee waiver, concession or Individual Learning Account (ILA) to cover the cost of each course. For directly provided classes in line with our allocation policy many are free of charge, others may be ILA eligible or on occasion a small fee might be required.

1:1 Support
This support can be arranged on an appointment basis through contacting 01786 445619. Members of the public can get help with individual projects and other computer use such as internet, safety online and basic PC operation. Advice can also be given on purchasing a PC or Laptop.

Help with CV
Help and advice on completing a CV is available at ACE, either through making an appointment or attending the Thursday Job Club. Volunteers are available at the Job Club who have a good knowledge of the job market and CV building. Help with emailing and other forms of communication are also available.