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lifelong learning networks llns

Lifelong Learning Networks (LLNs)

(last updated October 2010)

Progressing the vocational learner


Sub-regional Birmingham, Black Country & SolihullCheshire & Warrington Coventry & Warwickshire Cumbria Higher Learning Greater Manchester Greater Merseyside & West Lancs Hampshire & Isle of WightHerefords & Worcestershire Higher Futures (South Yorks) Higher York Kent & Medway Leap Ahead (Derby) Linking LondonLancashire MOVE (East of England) North East Higher Skills Network

30 LLNs funded


Progress South Central (Bucks)Skills for Sustainable Communities (Leics)South East LondonSouth LondonSouth WestStaffordshire, Shropshire, Stoke on Trent, TelfordSussex Learning NetworkThames GatewayWest LondonWest YorkshireWestern VocationalYorkshire & Humber East National National Arts Learning Network Vetnet

  • Lifelong Learning Networks are partnerships of universities, colleges and other education-related organisations. We are committed to increasing the number of vocational learners in HE ensuring the UK remains competitive in the global economy.
  • Improve the coherence, clarity and certainty of progression opportunities for higher level vocational learners
  • Respond to employers’ higher level skills needs, helping to develop a more flexible and skilled workforce
  • Facilitate unique partnerships between colleges and universities
  • Develop curriculum that is fit for purpose
  • Strengthen existing Information, Advice & Guidance, making clear the value of vocational learning.

LLNs have achieved some fundamental milestones thanks to the commitment of our colleagues and partnerships with organisations such as:

  • Sector Skills Councils
  • Employers
  • local authorities
  • Aimhigher
  • Trade Unions
  • Other FE/HE umbrella organisations (inc UVAC, fdf)
  • Over 400 academic partners work in partnership with us
  • Over 6,000 progression agreements have been signed to clarify entry requirements into HE, with many more in development
  • Over 1,100 courses development or adapted for non-traditional learners
  • Over 2,300 staff development opportunities delivered
our strengths
Our strengths


Lifelong Learning Networks make a positive difference to the lives of vocational learners and productivity of employers.


Lifelong Learning Networks have specialist teams that draw on the expertise from hundreds of providers from our network partners.


Lifelong Learning Networks understand local needs, effectively analysing skills requirements in local communities and businesses.


Lifelong Learning Networks tackle local HE concerns and can react to changing needs.


Lifelong Learning Networks act as platforms for coherent and coordinated activity at local, regional and national levels.


Lifelong Learning Networks

National Forum


T: 01904 876350