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Pilot scheme for adult learners

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 ‘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 pilot trusts will start in August and will work to:

  • Boost the number of people participating in learning.
  • Motivate and help people who are disadvantaged.
  • Have a positive impact on people’s lives.
  • Generate income to reinvest in learning.

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.”

– - John Heyes, Skills Minister

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.

– - Verity Bullough, Skills Funding Agency

The Government’s support for these 15 Community Learning Trust pilots shows that they understand the value of, and are committed to supporting community learning. NIACE has always advocated for learning which empowers adults and the communities they live in.“We know that a better understanding of what people want to achieve and a joint approach to designing learning leads to better outcomes."

– David Hughes, Chief Executive of NIACE