The course gave him confidence and developed his IT skills. Taking part in community learning has had a marked impact on Michael’s self-esteem and mental well-being.
I had a ‘wow’ within myself that I have been able to do something. I have been able accomplish something. I never dreamt of becoming a web designer.
Michael talks about his community learning IT course
This video is from the research report ‘Community learning: learner survey - after 2 years’
Community Learning (CL) describes classes and other learning activities delivered by local authority adult education services, further education colleges and other learning providers. To be supported by public funding, they must meet national objectives.
These courses bring together adults of different ages and backgrounds to develop a skill, pursue an interest, prepare for progression to other courses or learn how to support their children more confidently. The learning often benefits families and the wider community, as well as the individual people who take part.
In 2014 to 2015, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is supporting community learning with a contribution of £210 million through the Community Learning budget.