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Adult Education: Hemsworth

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people in (a) Hemsworth constituency and (b) Wakefield District have been enrolled in adult education courses in each of the last five years. (215876)

Our planned and continuing strategy is to realign funding from a high number of very short and low quality courses to qualifications such as Skills for Life, full level 2 and full level 3 that offer the greatest opportunity for adults to gain the skills for employability and further progression in learning.

The following table shows the total number of Learning and Skills Council (LSC) funded learners aged 19+ resident in (a) Hemsworth constituency and (b) Wakefield district from 2003/04, the earliest year for which comparable data are available.

Number of LSC funded adult learners resident in Hemsworth constituency and Wakefield district

Academic year

Hemsworth constituency

Wakefield district

2003/04

8,640

29,230

2004/05

8,600

28,750

2005/06

7,890

25,370

2006/07

7,650

25,500

Notes: 1. Numbers in the table have been rounded to the nearest 10. 2. Figures cover Further Education, Work Based Learning, Adult Safeguarded Learning and Train to Gain provision (TTG started in 2005/06, with full rollout in 2006/07). Source: Learning and Skills Council Individualised Learner Record.

We understand that as well as increasing skills, education is also about meeting the basic human desire for intellectual stimulation. That is why we have safeguarded £210 million each year through to 2010-11 to support informal adult learning. Through our recent consultation we have led discussion on a new vision for informal adult learning for the 21st century.