15 partnerships to start work in August 2012

Skills Minister John Hayes has announced that 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.

The ‘Community Learning Trusts’ will involve colleges, adult education services, businesses and voluntary organisations working together with their surrounding communities to provide courses that local people want.

The successful Community Learning Trusts now invited to run pilots in 2012/13 are; Birmingham CLT, Blackburn with Darwen (Sustainable Neighbourhood Services), Brighton and Hove Community Learning Trust BHCLT, CLCumbria (CLC), Community Learning in Cheshire (CLiC), Derby Community Learning Trust, Learning-for-All (Bedfordshire and Luton), Liberate (West Sussex), Liverpool Opportunities for Community Adult Learning (LOCAL), Sheffield Community Learning Trust, Sunderland’s Community Learning Trust, The Luton Trust, The Solihull Source, Trust in Learning - new curriculum, in new places for new learners in Exeter and West of England Community Learning Trust (Bristol).

They will start in August and will work to:

Mr Hayes said “Learning is the lifeblood of personal and economic growth in our local communities, which is why we are working with these fifteen pilots to pioneer new ways of learning that put local people at the forefront of the decision-making process. By bringing passion, purpose and innovative thinking to the pilot scheme, the Community Learning Trusts can change lives by transforming attitudes and abilities, bringing communities together to nurture the common good.”

Verity Bullough, Executive Director of Capacity and Infrastructure, 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”.

In another initiative which will work alongside the Community Learning Trusts, John Hayes announced this week that UK Online centres are testing thinking around community ‘e-reading rooms’, which will provide free and friendly access to computers.

Date Added: July 17th 2012