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Locations of English Learning and Skills Council offices announced


The Dfee has this week announced the location of 47 Learning and Skills Council local headquarters throughout England.

This is part of the drive to update post-16 education and training throughout the country, announced in a white paper last year, and currently progressing as legislation though Parliament.

Education and Employment Minister Baroness Blackstone commented: "The creation of the new Learning and Skills Council and its 47 local arms will increase the standards and range of learning opportunities for businesses, communities and individuals, providing excellence with diversity to all learners. The councils will be a considerable force within their local communities. The national LSC will have a £6 billion budget and some six million learners.

"There will be significant local discretion over funding - substantially more than the current discretionary budget of Training and Enterprise Councils. Local LSCs will have the powers and necessary levers to determine what happens in their own localities. A typical LSC will have a budget in excess of £100 million to fund over 100,000 learners.
"The local LSCs will be sited where they can serve the communities in their areas most effectively. Wherever practical they will be housed in existing TEC offices, ensuring best value for money and freeing up more funds for front line services. In reaching these decisions I have taken advice from Government Offices for the Regions, who have in turn consulted Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) and other local partners.

Local offices will be located in:-

North West
Cumbria - Workington
  Merseyside/Halton - Liverpool
  Lancashire - Preston
  Cheshire - Middlewich
  Greater Manchester - Manchester

North East
Tyne & Wear - Gateshead
  County Durham - Newton Aycliffe
  Tees Valley - Middlesborough
  Northumberland - Cramlington

West Midlands
Birmingham & Solihull - Birmingham
  Staffordshire - Stoke on Trent
  Shropshire - Telford
  Herefordshire & Worcestershire - Worcester
  The Black Country - Sandwell
  Coventry & Warwickshire - Coventry

Yorkshire & The Humber
North Yorkshire - York
  South Yorkshire - Sheffield
  West Yorkshire - Bradford
  Humberside - Hull

East Midlands
Lincolnshire/Rutland - Lincoln
  Northamptonshire - Northampton
  Leicestershire - Leicester
  Derbyshire - Derby
  Nottinghamshire - Nottingham

East of England
Bedfordshire - Bedford
  Essex - Chelmsford
  Cambridgeshire - Peterborough
  Hertfordshire - St Albans
  Norfolk - Norwich
  Suffolk - Ipswich

Central - Camden
  North - Palmers Green
  East - Stratford
  West - Ealing *
  South - Croydon
South East
Surrey - Woking
  Sussex - Brighton
  Oxford, Milton Keynes, Bucks - Abingdon
  Kent/Medway - West Malling
  Hampshire/IOW - Fareham & satellite at Newport (IOW)
  Berkshire - Reading

South West
Devon & Cornwall - Plymouth & satellite at Truro
  Somerset - Taunton
  Gloucestershire - Gloucester
  Dorset - Bournemouth
  Wiltshire - Swindon
  Greater Bristol - Bristol

* The Government’s preference is to locate the West London local LSC in Ealing but before a final decision is made, it will be necessary to look further into the financial implications.


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