Lancashire Adult Learning has been hailed “an inspiring service” for the work the organisation does in supporting adult and community learners across the Red Rose County.
Peter Mucklow, the Director for Further Education at the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), praised LAL after he enjoyed a day’s visit to discover more about their diverse and high quality offer to around 14,500 learners annually in Lancashire.
During his visit, Peter attended a Family Learning Fun with Phonics class at Lord Street Primary School in Colne, an ESOL session at Linkbridge in Burnley and a Food Safety for Volunteers course at Clitheroe Library.
He also took part in a round table discussion on the adult and community learning landscape at LAL’s Northlight home in Brierfield. There, he met with members of Nelson and Colne College and Lancashire Adult Learning’s Senior Leadership Team and Heads of Curriculum, and representatives from key partners including Lancashire County Council, JobCentre Plus North West and Lord Street Primary School.
Peter said: “It is great to see Lancashire’s adults being helped onto the road to work, to read with their children, or to learn English when that is not the language spoken at home. Lancashire Adult Learning is an inspiring service whose staff are tireless and committed to making a difference to adults across the county.”
Lancashire Adult Learning delivers measurable impact in a range of different areas of learning and in 2017-18, 100% of children whose parents attended Family Maths and Family English improved their attainment at school, while 97% of learners on Health and Wellbeing courses reduced their dependency on healthcare services.
Other key statistics include a 96% pass rate for adults on Level 2 Functional Skills English and a 94% pass rate for adults on Level 2 Functional Skills Maths.
Principal of Nelson and Colne College and Lancashire Adult Learning Amanda Melton said: “One of Lancashire Adult Learning’s key priorities is providing education to adult learners out in the community who are often the hardest to reach.
“These may be learners who need to learn basic English and Maths skills to help them personally or achieve first rung qualifications in order to progress them towards the employment market, further education or volunteering opportunities. This is an important element in the learning pyramid and it is critical to the success of the economy in the future.
“I would like to thank Peter for visiting LAL to understand in greater detail the broad range and the quality of provision delivered to our learners county wide. It was also a great opportunity to raise awareness of our innovative, flexible and responsive methods of delivery – including collaborative work with key partners – and highlight the outstanding impact that this learning has on lives in Lancashire.”
Julie Bell, Head of Libraries, Museums, Culture and Registrars at Lancashire County Council, said: “Our relationship with Lancashire Adult Learning is very much a collaborative approach and we work together to deliver a range of fantastic courses through our libraries – the list offered consistently amazes me.
“This includes Lego Robotics under the Family Learning umbrella to get parents and children learning together, which is vital. It also includes supporting people on the digital pathway, whether it be for a personal or social basis, or getting them back into work, and Health and Wellbeing provision, which includes key sessions around mindfulness and First Aid for parents, to help learn basic life skills.”
Fran Starkie, Partnership Manager at JobCentre Plus North West, said: “Lancashire Adult Learning plays a crucial role in supporting our customers who are the furthest away from the jobs market.
“This includes working together at specialist Work Clubs set up across the county in Chorley, Skelmersdale, Ormskirk, Lancaster and Morecambe. These allow our work coaches to source the support that they need in order to get people prepared for accredited training.
“Our relationship is excellent – it’s responsive and flexible to any changes and the support we have received from Lancashire Adult Learning around Universal Credit Full Service has proved absolutely invaluable.”
In February, Lancashire Adult Learning was named as the national Adult and Community Learning Provider of the Year winner at the Tes FE Awards.
As well as its targeted delivery and partnership work, Lancashire Adult Learning offers a huge range of planned provision across the Red Rose County, from Arts and Crafts to Humanities classes, Languages to Health and Wellbeing sessions and Functional Skills English and Maths and Employability courses.
For more information about LAL, contact 0333 003 1717 or visit www.lal.ac.uk