Adult Education Receives Funding Under New Government White Paper
The government has pledged ?20million of support for adult education classes under plans unveiled last month in a White Paper on adult learning, published on March 23rd 2009 entitled ?The Learning Revolution?. Under the new scheme, there will also be opportunities for new evening courses to be offered using empty shops, pubs and community centres.
A spokesperson for www.searchme4.co.uk, who provide a business search facility on which potential adult learners can search their business directory for local colleges and courses, welcomed the new government initiative as vital in promoting a more positive and hopeful future:
"We have seen a marked increase in the number of searches for adult education courses, and an increasing number of those are focused on the online sector. In what can be a very difficult time, with many people experiencing the threat of redundancy, learning can be one way to look to the future and give people a sense of hope.
"We see this new trend as a very positive thing and very much welcome the government?s intention to boost the adult education sector."
This new initiative, coming just 3 years after government support for adult learning was drastically cut to make way for more formal, qualification-based courses, could not have been announced at a more appropriate time with applications for places on adult education courses beginning to outstrip the space available.
The rise in demand for evening courses is no doubt being driven by the recession. As more people are made redundant, and fewer jobs become available, competition is increasingly fierce, meaning that people are keen to improve their skills and show potential employers their flexibility and willingness to learn.
Adult Education centres and Further Education colleges are experiencing increased demand for many courses, and are struggling to cope. As such, the new scheme, which will encourage organisations such as the National Trust to throw open their doors to evening courses, could offer a vital new resource.
The new spaces offered by pubs, churches and the like will be a welcome resource, but additionally, more and more people are turning to adult education courses online, attracted by the lower costs involved as well as the convenience of being able to study at their own pace, and at a time that suits them.
Online business directories offer an easy way to search for adult education courses in your area, whether online, at a local further education college, or community centre. The business directory offered by Searchme4 allows potential adult learners to do a UK business search among categories such as lifelong learning, schools and colleges or educational services.
If you would like to advertise your adult education course online then visit www.searchme4.co.uk for more details.