York Learning and North Yorkshire Adult Learning and Skills Services new strategy consultation.

We are consulting on the York Learning and North Yorkshire Adult Learning and Skills Service strategy.

North Yorkshire Adult Learning Service (ALSS) and York Learning are seeking views from stakeholders and learners on whether this new proposed strategy offers a clear description of the type of service to be offered by the authorities, whether it goes far enough in defining the types of learners we aim to engage and whether the approaches suggested demonstrate effective value for money.

North Yorkshire Adult Learning Service and York Learning provide Adult and Community learning provision largely funded by the Education and skills Funding agency. Additional income comes via dedicated project work, apprenticeships, 16-18 study programmes and support for those learners aged 19-25 with Educational Health Care Plans (EHCP’s).

To support adults to engage in learning that will improve prospects and benefit their communities we need simplicity in what could be seen to be a complex offer. The majority of adults, of almost all demographics, are not engaging in future learning with those with the lowest base level qualifications the least likely to engage. The complexity of the skills landscape may be one of the reasons, whilst duplication of offer, difficulties in accessing provision or fear built on previous poor experience may be further challenges.  It is therefore important for both services to be able to communicate to learners what we are about and why they should engage with us.

Aligning both services across a common strategy is important to support the wider economic requirements of the region but also if, as planned, the adult education budget is devolved under a Mayoral Combined Authority, currently being negotiated with Government to commence in 2024/2025.

The services are supported by a shared head of service to enable closer harmony with the economic needs and skills strategies of the York and North Yorkshire region. This area is working towards potential devolution of its adult learning budget under a combined mayoral authority. 

We are seeking views from stakeholders, which includes learners, on whether the proposed new strategy offers:-

  • a clear description of the type of learning offer the services have;
  • whether it goes far enough in defining the types of learners we aim to engage with;
  • whether the approaches suggested demonstrate effective value for money.

The consultation opens on 25 May and closes on 31 July 2022.

Complete our online survey

If you are struggling to access the online form please contact AdultLearningService@northyorks.gov.uk either with your thoughts and comments or to request the survey in a different format.