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

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