Adult education gets good Ofsted report

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OFSTED inspectors have praised adult education services in the Bridlington area, with special mention made of links with Jobcentre Plus.

These helped “eight out of a group of 35 people with disabilities to gain sustainable employment” – a figure five times better than the national average.

In a letter to the East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s adult education officer, Robert Adams, Ofsted inspector John Grimmer outlined the key findings of a recent visit.

He wrote that those from disadvantaged and vulnerable groups were especially well catered for. Among the successful initiatives were work skills clubs that help to prepare participants for employment; skills development courses; working with employers to help them recruit into new and existing businesses; and working with employees at risk of redundancy.

The inspectors had found partnership working was very effective and said: “Good links with Jobcentre Plus have led to successful working with employers to recruit unemployed people into sustainable jobs.”

Inspectors also found good retention and pass rates on work skills club courses. In 2010/11, the pass rate was 72% and retention was 75%, but in 2011/12 the pass rate improved to 97% and retention to 91%.

Councillor Richard Harrap, portfolio holder for adult and carer services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “This is a great Ofsted result and it is recognition for those working in the adult education service.

“Finding employment in this current economic climate can be a difficult task but it’s good to know there is help available for people wanting to get back into work.”

Bridlington sessions take place at the library. The clubs are aimed at people who are currently out of work and would like help in finding employment, offering help with CV and letter writing, interview skills, and job hunting techniques. Courses in English and maths are also available. More information can be found on the website at www.eastriding.gov.uk/adulted.