Read the ECA's response
Last week the ECA submitted its response to the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Review of Informal Adult and Community Learning, part of theâ€˜New Challenges, New Chances: Next Steps in Implementing the Further Education Reform Programme Consultation.
The IACL consultation aimed to review and refocus BIS investment in informal adult and community learning to ensure it supports relevant Government policy objectives including the Big Society and engages and motivates people from disadvantaged groups.
To help formulate its own response and to encourage other members and organisations the ECA held an Eastern Region meeting at the beginning of October as well as working with its regional representatives to gain views from the other regions.
Amongst other points in its response the Association stated its belief that the Governmentâ€™s aims for the Big Society and decentralisation of power will not work as intended unless: -
- learning and access to learning are built into the Big Society framework.
- It is acknowledged that the Voluntary and Community Sector need resources to support volunteers, build volunteers capacity and provide voluntary opportunities. It is expected that this sector will play a large role in the Big Society at a time when many VCS organisations are having to cut back on staff and reduce what they can achieve.
- A role is given to Third Sector learning organisations who support, promote and deliver IACL opportunities and are amongst the best placed to understand the needs, opportunities and constraints relating to the majority of VCS organisations at this time and the relevant learning support and provision that would provide the best fit and allow the Big Society to achieve its full potential.
The submitted response was endorsed by ECA members at its AGM on 22nd October 2011.
To read the full ECA response click here.
Date Added: October 28th 2011