Adult Learning and Skills helps individuals, communities and businesses fulfill their potential and grow, by giving them access to learning and skills development. The service works to offer a consistent and high quality experience for people wherever they engage with us, and to work with partners to ensure we reach those furthest from learning. The teams within the service can offer careers advice and guidance and a range of support for skills development and routes into employment.
What we do
We hold an Adult Education Budget (AEB) contract with the Education & Skills Funding Agency for 19+ adult education, and a contract with the National Careers Service for the provision of adult information, advice and guidance in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. We also manage March Community Centre.
We operate out of five learning centres across Cambridgeshire based within the Library:
- Cambridge Central
You can find out more about our centres here: https://www.cambsals.co.uk/about-us/our-adult-learning-and-skills-centres/
We also subcontract with a number of providers to deliver other learning opportunities across the county. You can view these here: https://www.cambsals.co.uk/provider-information/current-providers/
We manage March Community Centre. You can read more about this centre here: https://www.cambsals.co.uk/our-partners/march-community-centre/
We are also involved in a number of projects. You can read more about these here: https://www.cambsals.co.uk/our-partners-and-providers/projects/
We are accredited with a number of Awarding Body organisation to support the work we do giving learners the opportunity to gain a recognised qualification.
The awarding bodies are:
City & Guilds
BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT
Cambridgeshire County Council Priorities
The Council has seven key priorities around which it positions its services:
- Older people live well independently
- People with disabilities live well independently
- People at risk of harm are kept safe
- People lead a healthy lifestyle
- Children and young people reach their potential in settings and schools
- The Cambridgeshire economy prospers to the benefit of all Cambridgeshire residents
- People live in a safe environment
Adult Learning and Skills has worked with other divisions within the County Council to develop a Skills Strategy that helps young people into Adult Learning and then onto employment.
We are also working as part of the Local Enterprise Partnership Skills Service initiative, this helps adults to get careers advice to direct them into employment in the growing local economy.
Adult Learning and Skills annually completes a self-assessment report which is inclusive of all the work we do across the service including partners work.
The process of the self-assessment is to assess the Service against the Ofsted Common Inspection Framework while focusing on maintain strengths and addressing weaknesses.
So why do we self-assess?
- To review the quality of the learner’s experience
- Inform Ofsted and other external quality assurance inspections of our work
- Reflect back on delivery and highlight improvement areas resulting in an annual quality improvement plan.
We are an Ofsted Grade 2 learning provider. You can read our report here:Adult Learning&Skills Short Report 2016.pdf
We are also accredited to the matrix quality standard for information advice and guidance services.