Lifelong Learning Must Find Mainland Partner

The Council is seeking to partner with a mainland organisation to deliver adult education on the islands.

Councillors were told at yesterday’s Community Services Committee that the Government’s Skills Funding Agency will no longer award contracts to organisations requiring less than £0.5m and, although the Council’s Lifelong Learning department applied for an exemption to the new rules, this has been denied.

This means they must find a partner to deliver the services at a level above the £0.5m threshold.

Jo Evans, Manager of Lifelong Learning, told the meeting that they had approached several mainland partners and identified Cornwall Learning Partnership and Plymouth Council as potential partners.

She added Plymouth appeared to be the most suitable due to the close match to Lifelong Learning in the services they offer.

Jo says there are already collaborations in place with Plymouth Council around Management Information Systems and the languages curriculum, which could lay the foundations for a partnership.

Members agreed that more formal talks should take place with Plymouth Council.