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15 communities chosen to run learning pilot schemes
Fifteen partnerships across the country have been invited to take part in a pilot scheme that will give communities more power to choose which adult learning courses are available in their area, Skills Minister John Hayes announced today.
The pilot ‘Community Learning Trusts’ will comprise colleges, adult education services, businesses and voluntary organisations working together with their surrounding communities to maximise access to community learning and by providing courses that local people want.
The pilot trusts will start in August with the ambition to:
- boost the number of people participating in learning
- motivate and help more people who are disadvantaged
- have a positive impact on people’s lives
- generate additional income to reinvest in this important type of learning
Verity Bullough, Executive Director Capacity and Infrastructure at the Skills Funding Agency said:
“We expect to learn a great deal from these innovative pilots. They will be leading the way in showing how an inclusive, locally-based community learning offer – supported by the effective targeting of public money and income generated from other sources each pilot has identified – can positively and measurably impact on the social and economic well-being of individuals, families and communities”.
Please read the full press release here