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EVENT PURPOSE To adopt a joint CLD / FE approach to programme planning. To implement activity which eases the transition from CLD to FE. BY THE END OF THE SESSION

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  • To adopt a joint CLD / FE approach to programme planning.
  • To implement activity which eases the transition from CLD to FE.
  • Ayr College staff and CLD staff will have begun to jointly plan a piece/s of work which will enable learners to make the transition from CLD to further education provision.

Community Learning and Development

Further Education


Friday 24th October 2008 – Ayr College, Dam Park

cld fe transitions employability programme pilot friday 24 th october 2008 ayr college dam park
CLD/FE Transitions

“Employability programme pilot”

Friday 24th October 2008 – Ayr College, Dam Park

Ronnie Sinclair – Community Learning and Development Officer, South Ayrshire Council

Nicola Hendry – Manager, Carrick Buildings learning centre, Ayr College

cld national outcomes

CLD National Outcomes

1. Learning and Education2. Economic activity and Employment3. Health4. Democratic Participation and engagement

ayr college strategic priorities

Ayr College Strategic priorities

AIM1. To widen access to learning through an accessible and inclusive approach that actively challenges barriers to participation and encourages all learners to achieve their potential.OBJECTIVES1.3 Improve retention rates amongst traditionally under-represented groups.1.4 Engage in multi-agency approach to provision of support for individual learners with additional support needs.1.5 To work in partnership with other agencies to contribute to the achievement of national adult literacy targets.1.6 To cater for the needs of all sections of the community by ensuring flexibility of provision through a variety of modes of delivery, location, length of programme and start date.

ayr college strategic priorities1

Ayr College Strategic priorities

AIM2. To play a significant role in community development and regeneration in Ayrshire by providing innovative education and training of the highest quality that is responsive to predicted future economic opportunities.OBJECTIVES2.1 To maintain a curriculum balance that ensure Ayr College meets the lifelong learning needs of the local community, the education and training needs of local and national employers and provides opportunities for individuals to fulfil their potential.

2.2 To develop and sustain close links with local employers, sector skills councils, local enterprise companies and community planning partnerships to ensure the currency of market intelligence and improve and enhance the development of services.

2.3 To create routes to employment through education and training that responds to predicted skills shortages and identified skills gaps

2.4 To maximise learner success in employment and promote active citizenship through the development of entrepreneurship, personal and employability skills and active community involvement.

2.5 To identify and develop articulation links that facilitate smooth transition at every stage in a learners development.

identified need

Identified Need

  • Local Employability Forum
  • Job Centre Plus
  • Build on previous successes – e.g. ASDA pre-employment training
  • HMIe CLD Inspection report – February 2007
what difference has the work made

What difference has the work made?

1. Increased confidence and increased skills with a focus on employability.2. Targeted ‘harder to reach’ with a package of learning with employability as the driver.3. Learners attended a seamless progression of provision = minimised confusion/loss in motivation between courses.4. Planned transitions from one provider to the next.5. Learners emerged with a widely recognised qualification and skills to apply for work.

how have we judged success

How have we judged success?

  • Attendance
  • Retention
  • Completion
  • Reported increased levels of confidence.
  • Reported increased levels of employability skills.
  • Positive destinations reached during and following the programme i.e.
  • *4 learners gained employment
  • * 8 learners progressed to part- time further education * 2 learners progressed onto full time further education
  • Successful learners
  • Confident individuals
  • Impact statements
impact statements

“Tutors were both friendly and down to earth”.

“I wasn’t made to stand out because of my dyslexia and it catered for my needs”.

“I thoroughly enjoyed it and it has helped to kick start things for me again and I would definitely recommend it to others”.

Impact statements

“It has helped me with my confidence to speak out and meet new friends – it left me wanting more, to the point where I am doing the next course (Lets get Going) and a SVQ College course”.

“It brought me new skills and made me aware that I had transferable skills”.

“Because it fits in with my everyday schedule it is easily accessed”.

“It has given me more confidence to do courses and meet new people and do different skills”.

“Made me realise my goals are achievable”.



  • CLD tutor = Let’s get started
  • Opportunities Advisor, South Ayrshire Council = Let’s get going
  • Customer Care = Ayr College
  • Crèche Provision = Surestart, South Ayrshire Council
  • Job Centre Plus
  • Stepping Stones for Families
  • Ayr College
  • Opportunities Advisor (South Ayrshire Council)
  • Careers Scotland
  • Social Work
  • Adult Learning
order of activity

Order of activity

  • Staff briefing for referral agents
  • Applicants are invited to course information session
  • Let’s get started
  • STEPS to Excellence, Pacific Institute
  • Let’s get going
  • Customer Care = Ayr College
workforce plus model in practice

Workforce Plus model in practice

“Glasgow South West Bridging Service”Stage 1: Positive Activity – help to get a routine and make new connections.Stage 2: Work preparation– support to become more self-aware, build confidence and develop life skills.Stage 3: Work preparation – help to start to focus on getting into appropriate employment.Stage 4: In Work – early post-recruitment support – help in the early days of employment to settle in.Stage 5: In Work – longer term support – supports to stay in employment over time.

another local example

1: CLD/Social work staff facilitating informal group work with local unemployed parents meeting in Carrick Buildings. Food preparation skills and resolving issues around lifestyle.2:CLD staff delivered informal group work programme around healthy lifestyles.3: Group expressed interest in working in the Childcare sector.Upon investigation, local Childcare sector reported skills gap in recruitment pool. 4: External fund paid for SVQ II Children's Care Learning and Development to be provided for 8 unemployed people.5: Local childcare providers made placements available for students.Duration of activity to date: 18 months.

Another local example