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Adult Learning by Learning Partnerships

Programmes for Adults which support individuals in their journey to employment through increasing skills and confidence. Short, non-accredited courses delivered through various programmes often within the community.

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Adult Learning by Learning Partnerships

Our Adult Learning contract continues to be extremely successful. The curriculum is extremely well designed and delivered to effectively meet the needs of the learners which we traditionally attract. Our courses include: English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Confidence Building, Steps 2 Work, Inspire & Achieve, NHS into Work, Maths and English for Parents and Digital Inclusion.

Learning Partnerships is extremely proud to be a delivery partner for Leeds City Council’s Adult Skills provision, who OFSTED has rated as OUTSTANDING in all 6 inspected categories.

Inspectors visited our provision in December 23, observing our classes and speaking to staff, learners and managers.

The report highlighted that “Learners are supported very well to achieve aspiring and personalised targets relevant to their skills, age and phase of education.” and that “Leaders and managers provide a curriculum that contributes well to meeting current skills needs by supporting adults into employment or further study.”

Leeds has become the first local authority in England to receive an Outstanding rating since the implementation of a new education inspection framework in 2019. Learning Partnerships have delivered Adult Learning through this funding for 9 years, offering ESOL, Digital Skills, Health & Wellbeing and Employment focused courses to benefit the local communities.

To find out more information please contact Debbie Blackburn debbie@learningpartnerships.org.uk or visit our website learningpartnerships.org.uk

The full Ofsted inspection report can be found here

Our ‘Steps 2 Work’ courses at the job centres have supported many unemployed learners into work and more recently our ’NHS into Work‘ course has proved to be an outstanding success. ESOL continues to be popular and demand and attendance is high on all courses.

Through learner feedback, 100% felt supported by the course tutor and 90% said the tutor had assessed their prior learning.

The achievement and pass rates on our courses is excellent with an achievement rate of 94.4% and a pass rate of 99.8%.

Learner achievement rates remain similar across all groups with learners with disabilities and learning difficulties 92.9%; learners from 20% most deprived wards 93.9%; BAME learners 94%.

Customer Service and You

We have been extremely proud and honoured to be a part of the “Customer Service and You” programme, a partnership between Leeds City Council, Leeds NHS Trust and Learning Partnerships.

Through our Adult Learning contract, we have delivered two 8 week programmes and supported over 50 learners, who predominantly live in the local deprived areas.

They have learned about the NHS Leeds Teaching Hospitals vision through ‘The Leeds Way’ which defines how the trust works to deliver the best possible care and outcomes for their patients.

Participants completed a ‘NHS Customer Care’ and ‘Moving and Handling’ training course whilst also being fully supported to complete their applications.

We are pleased to report that 39 of the participants gained work within the facilities and estates department, working as porters, ward housekeepers and cleaners. We are excited to be running more groups in the future – keep an eye out on this page for more updates


2019 has been the first year of delivering a new ESOL framework devised by Leeds City Council Adult Learning Team.

As a part this new framework, we designed 8 new courses across 4 different levels.

Our excellent reputation in providing ESOL classes has created contacts with 2 primary schools in Leeds and we now also deliver sessions in Shakespeare Primary School and Cottingley Primary Academy. In 2020 alone, we have successfully delivered 22 ESOL courses.

Digital Skills

2022 has been the first year we’ve started delivering the new digital skills framework from the Leeds City Council Adult Learning Team. For the past few months, we’ve been working hard to upskill learners on their technical literacy in an increasingly digital world.

Case Study

Course: NHS Into Work

Fatimah enrolled on the Learning Partnerships NHS course after struggling to get permanent work as a Care Assistant. She had very occasional work with a care agency based in St James Hospital, but the work was irregular and inconsistent. This often affected her benefits having three young children to support and get to school.

Not knowing if she was working from one day to another, was taking its toll on her mental health and she was suffering from anxiety.

Fatimah was determined to succeed sometimes even coming straight from a night shift, she was committed to attending and completing the NHS course.

Fatimah made new friends, had adult company and her confidence began to grow. During the course, which was 3 days a week at Learning Partnerships in Harehills, she discovered that she was pregnant. Fatimah feared that her future with the NHS was over. The LP trainer sat and discussed her options and with encouragement she decided to continue.

Fatimah passed all her training in Customer Service, Lifting and Handling and completed a high standard application. She was shortlisted and went on to pass her IT assessment.

We are pleased to say she passed all the tasks at the assessment day including the scenario and interview and was given a conditional job offer. She will be able to have her induction training before having her baby. Fatimah and her family are delighted with her achievements.

She was a pleasure to teach and support and we wish her, along with all our other participants, all the very best.

Leeds charity Adult Learning by Learning Partnerships
Leeds charity Adult Learning by Learning Partnerships
Leeds charity Learning Partnerships
Leeds charity Learning Partnerships

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Alternatively contact: Debbie Banks

Email: debbie@learningpartnerships.org.uk

Tel: 0113 8245421