Community Learning Trusts

House of Lords written statement – made on 13th July 2012.

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Photo of Baroness Wilcox Baroness Wilcox The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

My honourable friend the Minister for Further Education and Lifelong Learning (John Hayes) has today made the following Statement.

In December 2011, New Challenges, New Chances, the Government's reform plan for further education and skills, set out the department's intention to pilot a range of community learning trust models from August 2012, against the background of revived and strong Government support for lifelong learning. The pilots will lead the way in giving local people a real say in decisions about adult learning in their communities and maximising the value of public investment.

I am announcing today that 15 partnerships have been invited to pilot local Community Learning Trusts. Local organisations, including learning providers, businesses, voluntary sector organisations, training organisations and local services, will work together to increase local decision-making about learning priorities and develop robust financial strategies that will enable community learning to grow and flourish.

The pilot trusts will test a range of different models to identify effective approaches to:

increase the overall number of learners;motivate and progress people who are disadvantaged;make the most impact on people's lives; andgenerate income to reinvest in learning.

Pilot trusts will have support in developing a consistent evidence-gathering strategy and a robust external evaluation will review the different models and their impact on learning, learners and local communities.

I strongly believe that learning is not just for local people and their communities, but still more belongs to local people and must answer to them for its success or failure. These pilots will enable communities to have more control over their local learning offer and will help shape the future of community learning, which is surely amongst the brightest jewels of civil society.

The following organisations have been invited by the Skills Funding Agency to become pilot trusts:

Birmingham CLT;

Blackburn with Darwen (Sustainable Neighbourhood Services);

Brighton and Hove Community Learning Trust BHCLT;

CLCumbria (CLC);

Community Learning in Cheshire (CLiC);

Derby Community Learning Trust;

Learning-for-All (Bedfordshire and Luton);

Liberate (West Sussex);

Liverpool Opportunities for Community Adult Learning (LOCAL);

Sheffield Community Learning Trust;

Sunderland's Community Learning Trust;

The Luton Trust;

The Solihull Source;

Trust in Learning-new curriculum, in new places for new learners in Exeter; and

West of England Community Learning Trust (Bristol).