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You will have heard of LSCs -- Learning and Skills Councils. In Wales these structures for post-16 learners are called CCETs -- Community Consortia for Education and Training.

I have been asked by one CCET to examine the structure of such partnership learning -- from FE colleges to private trainers, from the voluntary sector to e-learning.

The barriers to lifelong learning are well-known. However, does anyone have any examples of such good practice in networks in a geographical area. For example, how libraries mesh with other prioviders, how private providers work with statutory providers.

Many thanks.
Rod Ashley

2 Responses

  1. Local training networks
    There are Local Lifelong Learning Partnerships set up in each Unitary area within ex-Avon, and I am presuming elsewhere in the UK who are tasked with looking at learning provision, gaps etc. and feeding info back to the LSC and Connexions locally.
    In the West of England you could contact Connexions as partnership co-ordinator for the area.

    We have one local project, part-funded through ESF which looks at expanding on-line learning using the libraries as learning points, backed up with college tutor provision and managed through Connexions adult learning/guidance section.

    Hope this helps!

  2. Local guidance networks are an effective way to support lifelong
    The Lothian Adult Guidance Network, and associated networks representing smaller geographic areas, work together to disseminate information about training, including lifelong learning, opportunties. The network members come from guidance and training organisations in the voluntary sector, careers service, FE, HE, and public sectors. Meetings cover a range of topics relevant to members, including lifelong learning, community learning strategies and plans, etc., and members’ training needs are addressed through short training courses and conferences. This support system is particularly useful for ensuring that the different sectors work together, and that smaller voluntary sector providers have the support and communication structures they need to enable them to address the learning and guidance needs of their clients.


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