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Learning & Skills

Learning and Skills covers key providers such as further education and sixth form colleges, schools with sixth forms, local authority and adult education institutions and private and voluntary sector providers.





14-19 Gateway
A single reference point for those engaged in transforming the 14-19 phase of education and training, including news announcements and publications to download.

Association of Learning Providers
The Association of Learning Providers (ALP) is a subscription organisation which speaks on behalf of independent learning providers throughout the United Kingdom. The majority of its 400 members are private, not-for-profit and voluntary sector training organisations.

Learning and Skills Council
The LSC exists to make England better skilled and more competitive. It is responsible for planning and funding high-quality vocational education and training for everyone, with the goal of improving the skills of England's young people and adults.

Offender Learning & Skills Unit website
A site for those involved in delivering or planning prison education and training.

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority
The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) is committed to building a world-class education and training framework that meets the changing needs of individuals, business and society.

Success For All
Success for All is the long-term reform strategy to develop the high-quality, demand-led, responsive colleges and providers we need in the learning and skills sector.

Adult Learning

Get On
Information on the 'gremlins' campaign to help adults improve their reading, writing and maths.

The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education is a non-governmental organisation working to promote the study and general advancement of adult continuing education in England and Wales.

Read Write Plus
The 'Skills for Life Strategy' aims to improve the literacy, language and numeracy skills of 2.25 million adults by 2010, through boosting demand for learning; increasing capacity of provision; raising standards; and increasing learner achievement.

Sector Skills Development Agency
The Sector Skills Development Agency (SSDA) funds, supports and monitors the UK-wide network of employer-led, independent Sector Skills Councils.

Skills Strategy
Details of the 2003 and 2005 white papers on making this country a world leader in skills, including news and progress updates.


Further & Higher Education

Whether you're still at school, in work or unemployed, the Aimhigher website has all the information you need to get started on the road into higher education, helping you improve your career prospects and find your dream job.

Information for young people and employers on apprenticeships: earn while you learn, and get a nationally recognised qualification like an NVQ.

Association of Colleges
The Association was created in 1996 as the single voice to promote the interests of further education colleges in England and Wales. The Association provides a broad range of services to its subscribers. It represents their interests locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

Financial Help for Students
A website about the different kinds of financial and other help that may be available to you, to help with your living and learning costs while in education and training.

Qualifying for success - changes to the A Level and GNVQ curriculum
Information on GCSEs, A-levels, vocational qualifications and policy developments, aimed at parents, teachers, pupils, lecturers, students, employers and anyone with an interest in qualifications.

Recognised UK degrees
View the full list of institutions recognised by the UK authorities as having degree awarding powers ('recognised bodies'), and those providing courses which lead to a recognised degree ('listed bodies').

Student Support
Information about loans, grants and other financial help available to students in England who want to go to university or college.



British Chambers of Commerce
The website of the national network of Chambers of Commerce, representing the interests and supporting the competitiveness and growth of all businesses in their communities and regions.

Centres of Vocational Excellence in Further Education: The Way Ahead
Information about how colleges can play in meeting the economic challenges we face.

City Academies
A prospectus for sponsors and other partners.

e-skills UK Passport
Profile your own IT user skills, or those of your staff, with an e-skills Passport - helping you see at a glance where you have gaps, and plan your training accordingly. The scheme is operated by e-skills UK, the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for IT, Telecoms and Contact Centres.

Learning and Skills Beacons
Public recognition of the excellence and innovation which exists within the Learning and Skills sector. This prestigious award celebrates learning providers that deliver outstanding teaching and learning and are well led and managed.

National Learning Network
A national partnership designed to increase the uptake of information and learning technology across the learning and skills sector through the development of infrastructure, support and resources.

Sustainable Development
Sustainable Development is about improving the quality of life for everyone - now and for future generations, bringing together the environment, social progress and the economy. This website details the work which the Department for Education and Skills is doing especially towards the social and economic aspects of Sustainable Development in England.