Today, Cabinet members reviewed the Adult Skills and Community Learning self-assessment for the 2020/2021 academic year.
Since receiving a "Good" judgement from Ofsted in November 2018, the service completes self-assessments as part of a quality improvement cycle.
Adult Skills and Community Learning works with Barnsley people over the age of 19 to:
- Improve their employability, gain skills and achieve qualifications.
- Get on to the skills ladder to retrain and progress in work.
- Overcome physical and mental health barriers to get more involved in their community and open opportunities to move into work.
- Reduce loneliness and isolation by bringing communities together.
- Helping people develop skills, behaviours and characteristics to get the most out of work and life.
At Cabinet, members heard some fantastic feedback from learners, including:
- “From beginning to end, this has been an enjoyable experience. I received help choosing and applying for the correct course to suit my needs. There were many times and days available to attend, making it easy to fit around my family. The venue was very accessible, and my tutor and classmates were friendly and supportive”
- “My tutor makes maths fun. She is a really good teacher and often offers different ways to understand how to do calculations when you are struggling.”
- “My life feels more positive. I like how I feel different about everyday situations.”
- “I have applied for several job vacancies, and I wouldn't have had the confidence to do so without gaining these skills. I feel in a better position to change career.”
The service is planning to make some improvements to be even better. These include:
- Working with Area Councils to welcome more learners to the service, particularly those that face the greatest disadvantage and have fewer skills and qualifications.
- Delivering a mixture of online and face-to-face lessons so that learning is flexible most effective.
- More collaborative working with partners, so the best possible learning opportunities are available across the borough.
Kathy McArdle, Service Director for Regeneration and Culture, said: "Developing skills, talent and creativity within people of all ages will open up exciting prospects. It's great to hear about the impact of Adult Skills and Community Learning and how it helps to bring so many benefits to Barnsley people. These self-assessments are a valuable opportunity to reflect on what we deliver and ensure we provide quality service and outcomes."
Barnsley's Adult Skills and Community Learning is funded primarily through the Adult Education Budget from the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority.