Half one million kilos of cash for grownup schooling and coaching in Cambridgeshire

Pictured above: Mayor James Palmer. (Credit: CPCA).

The provision of adult education is funded with half a million pounds.

Colleges and training providers can apply for grants of up to £ 50,000 under a funding program from the Combined Authority of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to test new and innovative ways of delivering training courses to adults over the age of 19.

This is part of the transfer of the £ 11.9 million annual adult education budget to the Department of Education’s combined agency from 2019.

The Devolution Treaty enables the combined agency to pool unspent funds.

This used to flow back into the national budget for adult education, now the agency can reallocate the funds so that universities and providers can test creative ideas in order to reach more citizens.

The Innovation Fund is particularly aimed at unemployed or laid-off people, adults in need of improving their English, health care volunteers including those supporting the Covid-19 response, adults with learning difficulties and disabilities, and former offenders.

Projects range from training entrepreneurs with business start-up ideas, to English and math support for adults, to career counseling and training in digital or construction skills.

Successful projects that have been funded include Cambridge Regional College, College of West Anglia, Skills Network and West Suffolk College.

Mayor James Palmer said, “I am delighted that we have been able to support a number of programs across the region, all of which demonstrate innovative approaches to the delivery of adult education.

“The projects we support will all deliver a range of learning, employment and social outcomes for residents, communities and employers in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

“The great thing about our innovation fund is that it gives providers the investment they need to develop new and different methods that can be used in the longer term for the benefit of the local population.

“I’m very excited to see what our universities and providers can achieve with funding from the Innovation Fund. We will work closely with them to ensure that the funding has the greatest impact.”

One of the two projects carried out by the Cambridge Regional College, for example, will support people in the early stages of business idea creation. Participants complete a two-week intensive course that will help them understand the engagement and challenges involved in starting a business, understand the key steps in creating and developing a start-up, and improving their digital skills.

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