Foreword from Regeneration Services Committee Chair, Councillor Kevin Cranney
As the Chair of the Regeneration Services Committee I would like to welcome you to Hartlepool Borough Council’s Adult Education Annual Report for the academic year 2015/16.
This has been an exceptional year for Adult Education and this report highlights the major transformations, achievements and successes that have been accomplished through collaborations between learners, staff, employers and our partners. I am extremely proud to have been personally involved with the service, not only as an Elected Member but also as a representative on the newly established Independent Strategic Board which has a key aim of raising educational standards within the service.
Adult Education continues to go from strength to strength. It has set ambitious plans for the future as informed within the Adult Education Strategy 2016-2026 that supports the Council’s priorities of employment and skills, entrepreneurship, regeneration, business growth, community learning, community cohesion and tackling child and family poverty. All of which contributes to the Tees Valley Combined Authority’s growth plans including the creation of 25,000 new jobs.
Already we have witnessed real positive progression within the service. At the final out-turn for 2015/16 it saw Community Learning achievement rates reach an outstanding 99% and Adult Skills achievement rates increasing for a third consecutive year. There has been an increase in learner numbers by 18% on the previous year and more than ever before the service has positioned itself to respond to the economic needs of the business community and has designed a responsive and flexible curriculum offer that will assist adults to be work ready and upskilled to effectively compete within a challenging labour market. The service now offers provision at entry level to Level 6 and through partnerships with employers from growth sectors we now offer courses and Apprenticeships in a wide range of growth sector areas including Construction and Health and Social Care.
It was the first service of its kind in the Country to be awarded the highly prestigious Investors in Volunteering Award in recognition of its commitment to supporting and developing volunteers through its Volunteer Hartlepool schemes.
The service has enhanced working relationships with the Council’s Economic Regeneration Team and Child and Adult Services to aid key initiatives such as the £20m Tees Valley Youth Employment Initiative which will support 6,500 young people not in education, employment and training. The YEI will build on the Hartlepool Youth Investment Project that has reduced youth unemployment by a staggering 81% since its inception in September 2012, the greatest reduction in the Country in this period.
The service successfully delivered the highly acclaimed Tees Valley Workforce Skills programme in partnership with public, private and voluntary organisations supporting 873 businesses to upskill 3216 employees across the sub-region.
Accolades should be given to the dedication, commitment and efforts of all staff, tutors and learners and I look forward to another year where Adult Education will continue to grow its reputation as a leading education and training provider.
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