Job prospects improved thanks to good adult learning service

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Medway Matters

Adult learners in Medway are increasing their chances of getting a job with high success rates on courses. That’s the verdict of Ofsted, which carried out an inspection of Medway Council’s Adult and Community Learning Services (MACLS).

Last year more than 3,300  people in Medway received help from MACLS with more than 600 courses and activities, training, information and advice available at centres throughout Medway.

Some of the success stories from MACLS include:

  • Teresa Cole, who is registered blind but overcame difficulties to gain a Level 2 certificate as a gym instructor
  • Rebecca Weller who enrolled in Spanish classes ahead of completing a 500 mile/5 week walk through northern Spain
  • Alison Rees, who studied retail after overcoming a drink and drug addiction, now has a paid job and is continuing a business course

Ofsted inspectors have judged the service as ‘good’ and during the inspection found:

  • Outcomes for learners are good with high success rates on courses
  • Learners develop a good range of skills which allow them to make good progress, enhance their employability and increases their wellbeing and involvement in their communities
  • Standards of learners’ work was high and the quality of teaching and assessment was good
  • Many learners benefit from training and progress into further education or employment

Cllr Howard Doe, Medway Council’s Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Housing and Community Services, said: “This has been a really excellent inspection and Ofsted notes that since the previous inspection significant and secured improvements have been made.

“There have been some incredible success stories with MACLS and we are delighted so many adults are being helped.

“The inspection also notes that many adult learners in Medway are able to progress into further education and work and that shows that the service is doing a great job.

“This is a real credit, not only to tutors and staff, but those adults who have taken the first steps to improving themselves and their futures.”

The full Ofsted report can be found at http://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/53295

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