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Basic Skills: Coventry

Volume 494: debated on Monday 22 June 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what basic numeracy and literacy courses there are for adults in Coventry. (272079)

[holding answer 30 April 2009]: Numeracy and literacy courses are available across the country. Information on the number of different courses funded in a given year is not collected. FE colleges and providers are given indicative budgets based on the expected delivery of an overall volume of learning. The actual numbers and types of courses delivered by a college or provider will depend on demand.

Literacy and numeracy courses are available in Coventry at different times and venues across the city. This includes embedded provision, whereby learners can develop their literacy and numeracy as part of vocational courses. Learners achieve nationally recognised Skills for Life qualifications in literacy and numeracy and all levels of need are accommodated. Progression to the next level of qualification and to employment where appropriate is supported at all stages.

Bespoke courses for particular groups of learners are delivered by the organisations detailed as follows, including those specifically for; adults seeking employability skills, adults with learning difficulties, offenders on community provision, and family learning opportunities.

City College Coventry—offers embedded delivery across many vocational areas, including; Skills for Life for Construction, ICT, Food Hygiene, Health and Safety, and retail.

Coventry City Council—Adult and Community Learning—Delivery across many outreach centres throughout the City, with a particular focus on Offenders and Family learning opportunities.

Henley College Coventry—delivers embedded courses across a wide vocational spectrum, with a particular focus on Hospitality and ICT.

JHP Coventry—Offers a choice of embedded delivery in vocational areas, and assists unemployed adults to gain employment via the Employability Skills Programme.

The Statistical First Release (SFR) “Post-16 Education: Learner Participation, Outcomes and Level of Highest Qualification Held” (March 2009) provides information on the number of LSC-funded learners participating on Skills for Life Courses; the SFR can be found at the following link:

Table 1 following shows the number of learners participating on Skills for Life literacy and numeracy courses by age group in Coventry local authority in 2007/08.

Table 1: Skills for life literacy and numeracy participation by age in Coventry local authority, 2007/08

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1. Volumes are rounded to the nearest 100.

2. These figures include FE (including learndirect), WBL (including apprenticeships, Train to Gain and Entry to Employment) and Safeguarded Adult Learning.

3. This table uses learner volumes as a measure for comparative purposes. Learners participating in more than one type of course will be counted for each course type they are participating in e.g. a learner participating in literacy and numeracy courses in an FE college will be counted in both of these figures. However, learners that are included in different data collections e.g. FE and TtG, whether that relates to different years or different funding streams, will be counted once for each data collection.

4. Age is calculated based on age as at 31 August of the academic year.

5. Local authority has been based upon learner’s home postcode.