Through a combination of public and targeted provision, Lancashire Adult Learning provides learning opportunities for adults across the county. Its aim is to enable all adults in Lancashire, from all walks and stages of life, to learn something new and shape their own futures, and it offers an extensive range of subjects to learners, with over 2,000 courses delivered through more than 300 venues.
Local community and strategic partnerships enable the provider to respond to a wide range of community needs and to develop an innovative, tailored and community-focused curriculum aligned to local, regional and national priorities.
Working with strategic partners in the Department for Work and Pensions and Lancashire County Council has enabled Lancashire Adult Learning to deliver learning to 2,400 employability learners, and it has also supported learning sessions in over 50 libraries, assisting the government’s library ambitions strategy.
Its provision has a 99.9 per cent retention rate, with 99.4 per cent of community learners achieving their end-of-course target. Of the parents attending family-learning courses, 96 per cent said that their children’s behaviour had improved, and 99 per cent of parents attending family English and maths classes said that they were able to play a greater part in their children’s education and attainment.
The judges said: “In terms of skilling, scope and reach, this entry just stands out. It really is amazing what they have managed to do.”
Congratulations to Lancashire Adult Learning, the inaugural adult and community learning provider of the year.