IT courses


DigiLab is a community based hub for creative coders and makers to meet, share skills and collaborate on projects.   It’s an exciting new initiative in Barking & Dagenham which is open to anyone over 8 years old.  

No previous knowledge is required, we provide children, young people and adults with the chance to explore new types of technology; electronics, coding, 3D printing and 3D design. 

You can just pop into the DigiLab (see opening times and address below) and the support workers will connect you into their resources.  There are also specific classes and workshops and you can find out more by contacting one of the team.

  • Seun Oshinaike (or speak to any of the team at the Hub)

  • Barking Learning Centre
    2 Town Square
    IG11 7NB

  • 07762 801640


  • Monday - Thursday 3pm - 6pm
    Sat 11am - 5pm

Excel Women’s Centre

The Excel Women’s Centre (also Somali Women’s Association) is a locally based health, wellbeing, training and employability organisation committed to providing support to women and their families in Barking & Dagenham (and surrounding boroughs).

Promoting independence community cohesion and integration to the wider society.  Services include;

  1. Advice Project
  2. Informal Learning Project
  3. IT and Vocational Training
  4. Work Club and Unemployment Program
  5. Lunch Club for older people
  6. Youth Project – funded by London borough of Barking and Dagenham through the youth opportunity fund
  7. Family Learning Programme – for parents & children who want to improve their English.
  8. Carers Support Group
  9. Activities for young people
  10. In addition to the above we also support to facilitate and run the Somali Women’s group, which is a User Led project to support women with mental health support needs.

The centre has 10 local volunteers  who between them speak 7 community languages. More on their website

  • Zahra Ibrahim

  • 13 London Road,
    IG11 8AA.

  • 02085943730

  • Monday - Friday 10.00am - 4.00pm

Excel Women’s Centre

The centre has 10 local volunteers  and who between them speak 7 community languages.

Excel women’s centre is women resource centre for B &D residents.

We provide courses in Skill and employability support ,  Esol, basic IT and functional skills course, Health and Social care and child care course L1, L2.

We also have a coffee club and a work club. More on their website

  • Zahra Ibrahim

  • 13 London Road,
    Barking, Essex,

    IG11 8AA.

  • 02085943730


  • Monday - Friday 10.00am - 4.00pm

The Adult College of Barking and Dagenham

The Adult College has been providing courses to the local community for over 30 years.

We are committed to support every adult in Barking & Dagenham to further their learning through vibrant and innovative programmes.

  • Our free Skills for Life programme and low cost courses, help those without qualifications to progress towards Level Two courses and gain nationally recognised qualifications.
  • Our wide range of vocational (on the job) programmes offer qualifications that will build your skills and improve your job prospects.
  • Returning to learning could be the first step in achieving your goals and ambitions.  Learning does not have to be about getting a qualification

There’s great satisfaction from getting to grips with something new, and proving to yourself that you can do it!  You don’t need to make a huge time commitment to learn something new.  Many of our courses are only one or two hours long per week.

If you want to join 4000 learner who already study with us each year, now is your chance. Our expert staff are on hand to support you with your learning aims, whether you are a complete beginner or a more confident and experienced learner.    More on the website



  • 127 Ripple Road

    IG11 7PB

  • 020 8270 4722


  • Monday to Thursday (term time) - 8:30am to 8pm

    Friday - 8:30am to 5:00pm