Working in partnership with local organisations and council services to support adult and family learning courses aimed at enhancing the lives of people living, working and volunteering in West Berkshire.
To ensure our service provides access to a wide range of learning opportunities, the council also subcontracts the delivery of courses to local quality approved providers, many of whom specialise in working with specific learner groups. This approach enables the community learning service to effectively identify and respond to local need and skills gaps, maximise funding opportunities and access specialist tutors, resources and venues. All courses are delivered in local venues across West Berkshire.
The service had a successful Ofsted inspection in November 2015 which described community learning as outstanding in relation to:
- the range of courses that meet local needs
- the partnership working that enables the service to reach vulnerable adults
- the achievement of learners on qualification-based courses
West Berkshire's service is also featured on the Learning and Work Institute website, showing examples of good community learning provision involving parents with special needs and local community funding webinars.