Edinburgh's adult educators join forces

A new partnership aimed at improving the range and quality of adult education opportunities in Edinburgh is being launched tomorrow at the Central Library.

The Edinburgh Adult Education Group brings together education providers from the voluntary sector, further and higher education, NHS Lothian and the Council to set our a vision for the future of the services.

City Education Leader Cllr Marilyne MacLaren said:

"With around 12,000 learners starting adult education classes this week, this is the perfect time to launch this important new partnership. There are a number of organisations that provide fantastic learning services across the city and I'm convinced, that by working more closely together, there's a genuine opportunity to make even more of what's already on offer.
"Edinburgh has a rich history of adult learning and it's important, particularly during these difficult financial times, that adults have the best access to a range of affordable, accessible learning opportunities where new skills and qualifications can be gained."

Last year over 30,000 community based adult learning opportunities were taken up across the city. Since a freeze in fees for Council run courses was introduced four years ago, there has been a five per cent increase in enrolments.

In putting together and signing up to this framework, adult education providers in the city have come together to demonstrate  their commitment to providing high quality community based adult learning.

Last year over 30,000 community based adult learning opportunities were taken up across the city. The freeze in fees for the last 4 years for the Council's Adult Education Programme demonstrates its commitment to Adult Learning  and has resulted  in a 5% increase in enrolments.

The range of learning opportunities includes:

Subject based day, evening and weekend classes and workshops Adult literacy, numeracy and digital technology Family learning Supporting young adults into employment, education or training ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Courses leading to a qualification Workplace learning

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