Community Learning Trust

What is the Staffordshire Community Learning Trust?

We commission community learning programmes. We provide courses for all adults that contribute to:

  • better health and wellbeing
  • employment
  • social inclusion

Skills Funding Agency funded providers must work in strong local partnerships. They must adopt a common strategy that empowers people in their locality. The partnership can then agree their own learning priorities and partnership models.

These partnerships have to get extra funding for learners. This is over and above the public funding available. They do this by using innovative ways to match funding. They pool resources and maximise fee income.

We are doing this via the development of the Staffordshire Community Learning Trust. This exists through 8 district locality working groups.

It also helps develop our strategy for added value and better outcomes for our residents.

What is the purpose of the trust?

It is to:

  • Involve local people and communities in the planning of the community learning offer.
  • Promote collaborative working between providers.
  • Secure added value and investment to add to existing community learning income streams.
  • Support the council’s locality and skills agenda.

What are our commissioning priorities?

Please see below our priorities for 2016-17 to 2018-19.

It includes wards in each district that experience high levels of deprivation. People who live in these deprived communities should receive this provision.

What is a locality working group?

This is a district partnership that meets at least 3 times a year. It establishes and seeks partner input on:

  • emerging priorities
  • gaps in adult learning
  • promoting collaborative working amongst partners
  • sharing information and best practice

It also promotes applications to the Staffordshire Community Learning Trust responsiveness fund.

The locality working group may be either:

  • a distinct group
  • a district employability and skills group

It has to adopt the locality working group agenda within its terms of reference.

Interested in joining a locality working group?

Everyone who has an interest in adult learning is welcome to join a locality working group. Locality working groups for East Staffordshire and Staffordshire Moorlands are not yet established.

If you would like to know more or would like to become a member of your locality working group, please contact us:

Phone: 01785 278770

Or contact the respective locality working group chair below:

Cannock District into Work Group

Chair: Richard Williams

Stafford Jobs for Growth Action Group

Chair: Robert Gatensbury

Newcastle-under-Lyme Employment and Skills Group

Chair: Nina Walker

Lichfield District into Work Group

Chair: Richard Williams

Tamworth Employment Action Group

Chair: Stuart Etheridge

South Staffordshire Locality Working Group

Chair: Michelle Kettles

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