Lancashire Adult Learning raises aspirations in Skelmersdale and Ormskirk in partnership with Jobcentre Plus

Two hundred Skelmersdale and West Lancashire residents took up a fantastic opportunity to meet with employers through Lancashire Adult Learning and Jobcentre Plus.

The Raising Aspirations careers showcase was held at Skelmersdale’s Jobcentre Plus and the free event highlighted the employment and educational opportunities available in Skelmersdale and West Lancashire for those seeking employment or a change of career.

On the day, visitors had the chance to find out more about LAL’s free Work Clubs, Functional Skills courses and its range of short courses aimed at helping job seekers gain employment.

There was also the opportunity to meet 15 local employers and apply for live vacancies, gain expert careers advice and take part in employability workshops to improve CV writing and job application skills. Visitors were also able to find out about a wider range of courses including, Health and Wellbeing, ICT, Maths and English and Family Learning courses.

During the 2017-18 academic year, almost 2,500 adults across Lancashire enrolled on to basic skills courses with Lancashire Adult Learning including English, Maths and ESOL. LAL also helped two thirds of adult learners on its employability and skills based courses progress into employment or further learning.

Anita Houghton, Curriculum Leader for Employability at Lancashire Adult Learning said: “I’m thrilled that our Raising Aspirations event has been so positively received by both employers and visitors attending from Skelmersdale, Ormskirk and the West Lancashire area.

“We have successfully held Raising Aspirations events elsewhere in Lancashire and they have proved invaluable in raising awareness of employment opportunities that exist on the doorstep, but not only that, actually finding attendees work there and then on the day.

“Our latest Raising Aspirations careers event has once again enabled LAL to grow and develop its relationships with organisations across Lancashire, and we now have a successful model of delivery that can be transferred to other areas of the Red Rose County where there is a need.

Daniel Ditchfield, Job Centre Manager at Jobcentre Plus, said: “I think everyone would agree that the Raising Aspirations event has been an overwhelming success.

“It provided a great opportunity for the people in the local area to meet employers, and it really has raised aspirations and helped to make people aware of what employment opportunities are available locally.

“I would also like to say a huge thank you to Lancashire Adult Learning for hosting this event with Jobcentre Plus – we are already looking forward to the next Raising Aspirations event.”

Any businesses and organisations in Lancashire who would be interested in working with Lancashire Adult Learning at a similar Raising Aspirations event can contact Anita Houghton at a.houghton@lal.ac.uk

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.

In February 2018, Lancashire Adult Learning was named as the inaugural winner of the national Adult and Community Learning Provider of the Year at the TES FE Awards.

Further information about Lancashire Adult Learning can be found at www.lal.ac.uk or by calling 0333 003 1717.

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