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Funding secured to support adult learners

by Nicola Appleton

Knowsley Family and Community Education (FACE) service has been awarded £40,000 to support learners who are most digitally excluded.

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority awarded grants of between £15,000 to £40,000 to Adult Education Providers to ensure that learners who have struggled to access IT during COVID-19 have the opportunity to access computer equipment and the required technology to ensure they can complete any online learning.

The £915,000 in funding comes from the £55 million Adult Education Budget, which due to its devolution agreement, the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has been responsible for commissioning and funding since August 2019. It aims to work with adults (aged 19 and over) who live in the Liverpool City Region to provide the skills and learning they need to equip them for work, an apprenticeship or other learning.

FACE will use the funding to purchase laptops and digital devices enabling learners to engage in and remain engaged in remote learning.  Learners on lower level courses such as Entry to Level 1 Functional Skills and also learners on English Language Development will be prioritised and the equipment will issued on a loan-basis.

Steve Rotheram, the Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region said:

These past few months have shown how valuable digital skills are and they’ll be even more valuable as more and more jobs and businesses embrace online working.

“We’re investing almost £1m to ensure that learners across the region have access to the tech that they need to keep up their studies. We will do our best to make sure wherever possible that nobody falls behind or is left behind because of the difficulties caused by COVID-19.

“I want this to help people across the region to succeed not just in the coming weeks and months with their learning, but in years to come where they can play a key role in our recovery.”

Cllr Margaret Harvey, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, added

“I’m delighted that Knowsley’s Family And Community Education Service has been awarded this funding. We know how valuable learning is, particularly in these very challenging times, and this support will help more residents to access learning, skills and qualifications from their own home.”

You can find out about the range of courses available through Knowsley FACE in their course guide, on their website www.knowsleyface.co.uk email knowsleyface@knowsley.gov.uk or ring 0151 443 5386.