NIACE: Research into the work of LEPs in relation to Community Learning

NIACE (the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education) has been commissioned by BIS (Dept of Business, Innovation and Skills) to research the ways in which Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) engage with community learning:  its value to the LEPs’ work, LEPs’ links with community learning providers, and any incentives, opportunities and barriers. The research will also look at the possible impact of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Growth Programme on that engagement.

This link http://bit.ly/17bf45E will take you through to a questionnaire that is part of the research.
It is designed to be completed by community learning / informal learning providers (whether funded through Skills Funding Agency Community Learning funding or not) who are involved, or seek involvement, with LEPs, and should take approximately 15 minutes.   The questionnaire closes Friday 27th Feb

NIACE hopes the outcomes of the survey will support both LEPs and community learning providers in their work for local economies and communities. Please contact alistair.lockhart@niace.org.uk if you have any questions about the research or questionnaire.

NIACE’s interest in LEPs is outlined in the 2015 Localism Prospectus (which can be accessed at http://shop.niace.org.uk/localism-prospectus-2015.html). Further information on NIACE’s interest in LEPs is explained at http://www.niace.org.uk/news/making-skills-devolution-work.

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