Adult learners set to receive financial boost from LSC

Adult learners in the Bolton area are gearing up to receive a substantial rise in funding from the Learning Skills Council (LSC) in line with the Government’s aim to increase the skill levels and qualifications of adults across the UK.

This opportunity is an exciting turning point for both Alliance Learning and local Bolton businesses as it means adult learners and their staff can work together to help drive local business success through affordable flexible work based training offered by Alliance.

The funding is part of the LSC’s vision that by 2010, young people and adults in England have the knowledge and skills to match the best in the world, in addition it is hoped that such training will open up opportunities for adults in Bolton to enrich, not only their knowledge, but also that of local businesses so they ultimately become more valuable assets to each other.

This new funding means that selected training providers, such as Alliance Learning, can offer Adult Apprenticeships, where previously such programmes had been limited to individuals aged 16-24 years old.

In addition to this funding through the Train to Gain initiative is also available to Bolton learners to gain NVQs in their relevant chosen field; only funding for NVQ level 2 has previously been available but selected training providers, including Alliance Learning can now also offer funded NVQ level 3.

Alliance Learning can now offer Apprenticeships to learners of all ages in areas including; Administration, Customer Service, Childcare, Health & Social Care, Fabrication & Welding and Mechanical and Electrical Engineering.

Alliance Learning will also be accommodating Level 2 & 3 NVQ learners through the Train to Gain initiative by providing funded work based learning in Administration, Customer Service, Childcare, Health & Social Care, Distribution & Warehousing, Engineering, Plant Operations, and Retail.

Speaking about the recent proposal, Alliance Learning’s Operations Executive, Jane Simpson said:

“For too long there has been a gap in the funded training opportunities for adults. This new funding will allow us to address the sustained commercial needs of our adult learners.

“Through the new opportunities that have been supported by the LSC we can work together with local businesses to ensure local employees are getting the most out of their trade and most importantly their careers.”

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