The Flexible Learning Fund – Deadline 31st January 2018


The aim of the Fund is to develop and expand our evidence and insight into the effectiveness of scalable learning delivery methods that make learning more attractive and easier to access for adults. This evidence will be used to develop future Government policy and will provide examples of best practice that can be drawn upon by the adult learning sector.

There are three key instrumental objectives of the pilot:
1) To encourage flexible and accessible learning delivery to maximise adult participation and attainment – especially by:
• Learning providers who have the inclination, but lack some of the resources, to design and test new or novel approaches to delivery are able to do so with
Government support.
• Employers with a low-to-intermediate skilled workforce and/or who will benefit from an upskilled labour market supply, and are actively involved in designing ways to support the skills needs of their local economy alongside internally upskilling their workers.

2) To encourage collaboration between providers, employers, and other
relevant organisations in meeting national and local skills needs:
• Local links and relationships between organisations are strengthened by working together on projects that support the Government’s career learning ambitions.
• New relationships can develop through a collaborative approach to projects, which could be facilitated by membership organisations or local Government bodies such as LEPs.

3) To evaluate projects to understand which are effective and create
examples of best practice:
• Evaluation results will be collected and made available to a wide range of
interested parties, as a stimulus for similar activities.
• Government, providers and other organisations are able to learn from and build on the evidence generated about the effectiveness of delivery methods tested using this fund.

The Fund will be established on a time-limited basis, with grant support available until the end of the 2018/19 Financial Year (31 March 2019).

In line with this ambition, the Fund aims to support a range of projects that will improve the way learning is delivered to adults who:
• Are either in paid work, or are looking to return to the labour market1 following an absence,
• Hold Level 2, 3 or 4 technical skills (or equivalent) and/or have yet to secure basic skills in English, maths or digital, up to and including Level 2.

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