Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s million-pound boost to tackle digital poverty for adult learners

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Liverpool City Region Combined Authority will be offering grants of nearly £1 million to give adult learners the equipment they need to continue with their courses online.

The grants, that range between £15,000 and £40,000, will go to Adult Education Providers to ensure that learners who have struggled to find access to IT during Covid-19 are given the opportunity to access computer equipment and the required technology needed to complete any online learning.

The fund of £915,000 comes from the £55 million Adult Education Budget, which The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has been responsible for commissioning and funding since August 2019.

It aims to work with adults, aged 19 and over, who live in the Liverpool City Region to provide them with skills that will equip them for work, an apprenticeship, or any other learning.

Steve Rotherham, the Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region said:

“These past few months have shown how valuable digital skills are and they’ll be even more valuable as more and more jobs and businesses embrace online working.

“We’re investing almost £1m to ensure that learners across the region have access to the tech that they need to keep up their studies. We will do our best to make sure wherever possible that nobody falls behind or is left behind because of the difficulties caused by COVID-19.

“I want this to help people across the region to succeed not just in the coming weeks and months with their learning, but in years to come where they can play a key role in our recovery.”

The first Adult Education provider grants should be made available in November. For more information on the adult education budget and LCR’s contracted education providers visit: https://www.liverpoolcityregion-ca.gov.uk/adult-education-budget/

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