Adult learning plays its part in community renewal
Ofsted’s latest survey finds Neighbourhood Learning in Deprived Communities (NLDC) projects are bringing communities together and boosting educational, training and job opportunities for those most in need.
The report, The role of adult learning in community renewal: Neighbourhood Learning in Deprived Communities programmes, finds on the whole, providers are highly effective at engaging specific, targeted groups such as people with disabilities, lone parents, minority ethnic groups and young offenders.
Three quarters of providers surveyed said learners gained qualifications and then moved on to other forms of learning. Most were able to develop good communication and presentation skills, and often became more involved in local projects and events, such as community fun days and collective campaigns on local issues.
Christine Gilbert, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, said:
“Neighbourhood Learning in Deprived Communities funded projects can be instrumental in engaging hard to reach learners. It’s encouraging to see that most providers are using the funding well, and establishing strong partnerships with local organisations to contribute positively to community regeneration, and better prepare residents with skills for employment.”