Priority statement for Community Learning
Community Learning (CL) offers a broad range of provisions that brings together adults, often of different ages and backgrounds, by helping them to pursue an interest, address a need, gain a new skill, become healthier, or learn how better to support their children.
To achieve this, the college works closely with local stakeholders and community partners across the whole of Hastings and Rother. We are members of the Hastings and Rother Adult & Community Learning Forum and we undertake community consultation annually via the festival of learning in June/July.
- To maximise access to Community Learning for all adults, bringing new opportunities and improving lives
- To promote social renewal by bringing local communities together to experience the joy of learning and the pride that comes with achievement
- To help maximise the effect Community Learning has on the social and economic well-being of individuals, families and communities
Priorities for 17/18
- Increasing the amount of family learning including English, maths and parenting in partnership with local schools and children's centres in the Hastings and Rother area
- Increasing the amount of Community Learning in deprived communities with a focus on Sidely (Bexhill), Baird, Tressell, Central St. Leonards, Gensing, Hollington and Ore (Hastings & St Leonards) and Tilling Green (Rye)
- Deliver Community Learning courses in isolated rural communities in Rother
- Focusing on confidence building to enable participants to access further training including Employability, ICT for personal use or financial literacy, health and wellbeing courses and wider Community Learning and into accredited provision
- Working with the Adult Learning Forum members and wider partners to develop progression routes from Community Learning onto accredited provision
If partners, community groups or local people would like more information on the college's approach to Community Learning then please contact:
Tel. 01424 458403
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Hastings & Rother Adult Learning and Skills Strategy
Hastings and Rother Adult Learning and Skills Strategy
Hastings and Rother variously encompass high deprivation, low adult educational attainment and aspirations, rural isolation and an ageing population, and have suffered from these effects as seriously as everywhere else. At a time of greater demand, there are fewer resources available to provide support.
The Strategic Priorities for the Hastings and Rother area contained in this strategy are to:
- Ensure that the local learning and skills offer meets the current and future skills needs of local employers
- Ensure that community based and non-accredited learning is improved and enhanced, recognising its importance to social and economic inclusion across the Hastings and Rother area
- Build relevant, clear and effective local pathways from non-accredited learning through and to higher education and/or employment
- Maximise the funding which flows into the area to support local education, skills and employment priorities and actions within this strategy
Hastings & Rother Adult Learning and Skills Strategy priorities
1. Ensure that the local learning and skills offer meets the current and future skills needs of local employers.
Key strategic actions over the next three years will include:
- Running annual, joint sector specific education provider and employer events to review the skills requirements and influence curriculum development
- Liaison to ensure education and skills provision more closely aligns with future inward investment proposals and the jobs that will be created
- Involving more employers in the development of pre-employment and pre-apprenticeship provision
- Increasing employer involvement in school and college based activities that provide young people with a greater understanding of the local labour market and the skills required to secure work
2. Ensure that community based and non-accredited learning is improved and enhanced, recognising its importance to social and economic inclusion across the Hastings and Rother area.
- Joint curriculum planning to ensure the offer meets local priorities and needs, avoids unnecessary duplication and maximises the impact of multiple funding streams
- Increasing training for volunteers to provide opportunities for local people to gain employability skills and offer others support
- Developing additional provision targeting areas with high levels of deprivation and low educational attainment
- Ensure local people moving off health or other long-term benefits are able to access appropriate provision that offers confidence building blended with skills development
3. Build relevant, clear and effective local pathways from non-accredited learning through and to higher education and/or employment.
- Increasing the range and amount of training available at Levels 1, 2 and 3, linked to the skills requirements of key local employment sectors and planned inward investment
- Ensuring rural provision is secured and developed to meet local needs for both economic and social regeneration including the rural economy and Rye Harbour Development
- Developing a joint programme for adult tutors and teachers to improve the quality of teaching, learning and assessment and share effective practice
4. Maximise the funding which flows into the area to support local education, skills and employment priorities and actions within this strategy.
- Building partnerships to investigate and apply for funding from the Skills Funding Agency (SFA), other government or wider funding sources including the Lottery
- Establishing a working group to identify match funding and European Union (EU) partners in preparation for the 2014-20 European Funding round
- Supporting local employers and networks to apply for employer related skills funding e.g. Employer Ownership of Skills and Regional Growth Funds in partnership with local education providers
- Influencing the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) to fund learning and skills issues facing Hastings and Rother and other Coastal Communities