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Commitment to community learning
Legislation will be considered to ensure that communities across Scotland have access to learning opportunities needed to develop skills and help people into jobs.
Education Secretary Michael Russell has indicated legislation for local authorities will be explored as part of the Post-16 Education Bill to support the government’s commitment to provide access across the country to crucial services such as youth clubs, parenting classes, English language tuition and groups starting up social enterprises.
The move coincides with the recent publication of guidance which aims to ensure community learning and development opportunities are more closely aligned with the aspirations and needs of individuals, families and communities.
Education Secretary Michael Russell said:
“Community learning and development is a first step back on the road to education and employment for many people, it can also help Scots who face new and challenging circumstances adapt.
“A wide range of services are offered across the country, by both the public and Third Sectors and we want to see providers working together to target areas of local need and align opportunities more closely with the aspirations of learners and groups. The guidance we have issued today is designed to help make this happen and ensure Scots can access the learning opportunities they need.
“We will build on this by continuing to explore legislative duties in relation to community learning and development as part of our continuing efforts around post-16 education reform. We aim to protect the future of these important opportunities and ensure Scots can access the help they need to improve their life chances – whether that be skills for a new job or the knowledge to adjust to changes such as parenthood or moving out of home for the first time.”