We work with partner organisations to improve learning opportunities, learner engagement and progression in Surrey and beyond, particularly for those who have missed out on learning in the past.
The activities listed below give a flavour of the range of partners we work with but do not cover all.
Community Learning Partnerships
By convening ad hoc local Community Learning Partnership (CLP) Meetings across Surrey we are able to identify local learning and skills needs and address gaps in provision. Recent CLP meetings in Woking, for example, have engaged with The Corner House, The Maybury Centre, Surrey History Centre, Woking College, Woking Borough Council, Surrey Adult and Community Learning and Guildford College. They have guided the development of a job club in Woking, reviewed local regeneration plans and made proposals for engaging new businesses and providers in addressing retail and other skill gaps.
Policy and Planning
We have also convened countywide events to bring partners together influence and respond to policies which impact on adult learning. In presenting at our Conference on New Challenges, New Chances, David McNulty, Chief Executive of Surrey County Council, said that successful Lifelong Learning must not simply be about achieving awards, it must ultimately change communities. Ian Yarroll, NIACE (now the Institute for Learning and Work)Project Manager for the Colleges in their Communities Inquiry, challenged providers to engage more with disadvantaged communities.
Surrey Civilian-Military Partnership Board Community Integration Task Group
As a member of the Surrey Civilian-Military Partnership Board Community Integration Task Group we chair the Employment Group and are working with 11th Infantry Brigade and other partners to promote local learning and employment opportunities for veterans, spouses, reservists and service leavers.
With changes to benefits and the introduction of universal credit we are working with a range of partners including local voluntary agencies such as Leatherhead Start, Surrey Carers, the Volunteer Bureaux and Councils for Voluntary Services to ensure those seeking to secure housing have the skills to gain employment. Funding partners are Guildford Borough Council, Paragon Housing, Elmbridge Borough Council, Epsom & Ewell Borough Council, Rosebery Housing, Mole Valley District Council, Circle Housing and Tandridge District Council.
Institute of Learning and Work (formerly NIACE)
We have worked together over many years and assisted on the judging panel with the South East Adult Learner Awards. We were invited to the launch of the Institute’s Skills for Prosperity Building Sustainable Recovery for All at the House of Lords. Following on from this we are developing plans for a Surrey meeting to explore how there can be more emphasis on informal, non-formal as well as formal learning to enable people to gain economically and socially useful skills.
We have worked closely with Oakleaf Enterprise and YMCA Downslink Group to develop the Guildford Learning and Development Enterprise. We are supported in this work by Guildford Borough Council and Guildford College.