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
- Ely
- Huntingdon
- March
- Wisbech
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/

Accreditation
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
Gateway
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.
 
Self-Assessment
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.

Ofsted
We are an Ofsted Grade 2 learning provider.   You can read our report here:Adult Learning&Skills Short Report 2016.pdf

Matrix
We are also accredited to the matrix quality standard for information advice and guidance services.

Data Protection

We collect and use information about learners so that we can provide learning services under Legislation. Full details about how we use this data and the rights you have around this can be found at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/privacy   If you have any data protection queries, please contact the Data Protection Officer at data.protection@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

 

The English European Social Fund (ESF) Managing Authority (or agents acting on its behalf) may contact learners enrolled on our courses in order for them to carry out research and evaluation to inform the effectiveness of training.  Learners cannot opt out for this purpose.  They can opt in for other purposes by ticking the relevant boxes on our enrolment forms.     Full details can be found in the ESFA Privacy Notice

www.gov.uk/government/publications/esfa-privacy-notice   and in our Terms and Conditions 2017-18 June 18 update.docx

Some of our courses are subsidised by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and part financed by the 2014-20 European Social Fund (ESF) programme.   This funding is managed by Cambridgeshire County Council, Adult Learning and Skills.   A short video covering the background of ESF, what it does, how it helps and who benefits is available on the European Union website: http://ec.europa.eu/esf/home.jsp

Safeguarding
Arrangements have been made to make sure that you are safe at our Centres. If you feel you are not safe for any reason, for example through verbal or physical abuse or you have been discriminated against, please tell your tutor or the Centre Manager, who will investigate to ensure your safety.

Equality and Diversity
We are fully committed to equality of opportunity and welcome enrolments from all adults aged 19+. We positively encourage all learners with any concerns about specific needs which might affect their learning to discuss their requirements with us in confidence. We believe that everyone is entitled to learn in an environment that is free from discriminatory behaviour so that we build a community based on mutual trust and respect. We will do our best to ensure that resources and equipment are accessible to all and make reasonable adjustments to ensure that all learners can access activities.

British Values
We aim to ensure all our staff and learners treat people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance.  We embed British Values into all of our courses and will actively promote these values by challenging opinions or behaviours in class that are contrary to fundamental British values
According to Ofsted, 'fundamental British values' are:
• Democracy
• The rule of law
• Individual liberty
• Mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.