About Community Learning and Skills

What we Offer

Cumbria Community Learning & Skills offers a wide range of courses for people at all levels and interests, both qualification and non qualification, in a broad range of subjects. These support the delivery of the Council Plan 2018 to 2022, and Skills Development priorities of Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership and confimed in the Education & Skills Funding Agency Funding and Performance Rules 2018/19. Cumbria Community Learning and Skills will provide a programme of courses based on the Six geographical areas of the County.

We aim to:

  • Strengthening and sustaining the people and communities of Cumbria through the power of learning

  • Provide a high quality learning experience for all learners in all locations across all subjects

  • Provide a high quality programme relevant to local interests

We organise and deliver the majority of our provision through our Community Learning and Skills Centres and also work with a range of specialist sub-contracted providers. Between them they have around 150 outreach locations, so there should always be a course close at hand.

The programme in each geographical area will be designed to reflect local need and priorities based around

  • High quality local partnerships

  • High quality local research, consultation / feedback

and will be delivered by subject experts with appropriate teaching skills.

Courses offered are often supported through the government grant received through the Skills Funding Agency. However, increasingly those who can pay will be expected to pay course fees.

All courses will contribute to the objectives of New Challenges, New Chances.

  • Focusing public funds on people who are disadvantaged and least likely to participate

  • Collecting fee income from those who can afford to pay and using where possible to extend provision to those who cannot

  • Widening participation and transforming people's destinies by supporting progression relevant to personal circumstances e.g. Increasing confidence and willingness to learn

  • Acquiring skills preparing for training, employment, self-employment

  • Improving digital, financial literacy and communication skills

  • Improving skills as parents/carers and ability to support children's learning

  • Improving health and well-being

  • Developing stronger communities with more self-sufficient, connected and pro-active citizens