Residents will soon be able to have a much greater say on which adult learning courses are on offer in their community after Cheshire East was chosen to trial a new Government scheme.
Cheshire East Council teamed up with Cheshire West and Chester Council on a successful bid to trial the Government’s community learning trust initiative.
Community Learning in Cheshire (CLiC) is one of only 15 projects given the green light out of 78 entries nationally.
The one-year pilot will see local people decide what area of learning is most relevant to their own communities.
This could mean people in Crewe deciding that they want to focus on literacy, whereas people in Macclesfield could choose parenting or home improvement skills.
Local residents will be put at the heart of the new scheme, whether they are current learners or not, getting involved in the planning and decision-making.
CLiC will also benefit from the two councils working together, and with partners, to improve and deliver new ways of learning for adults who want to boost their skills.
Councillor Hilda Gaddum, Cabinet member in charge of children and family services, said: “This new partnership will give more people the opportunity to learn and let communities decide what is important to them.
“Learning should be available to everyone, regardless of age, and I hope that people across Cheshire East get involved with this new project.”
Each of the pilots will be monitored by the Government’s department for business, innovation and skills.
Skills Minister John Hayes said: “Learning is the lifeblood of personal and economic growth in our local communities.
“By bringing passion, purpose and innovative thinking to the pilot scheme, the community learning trusts can change lives by transforming attitudes and abilities, bringing communities together to nurture the common good.”
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