Bedford College say community learning fund is safe despite Learning Partnership changes

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Bedford College students

A decision by Bedford College to amend its Learning Partnership offering has caused concern that a fund for community learning projects in the area may now not be available.

Bedford College acquired the Learning Partnership two years ago and through it administered an annual fund of £100k for not-for-profits and charities to provide low level adult learning projects.

But despite consulting on a closure of the Learning Partnership, the college say that money – barring any change to Central Government policy – is safe and remains available.

A spokesperson for Bedford College said: “Over £100,000 has been made available annually by Central Government for community projects which support people into employment.

“So far many groups have benefitted from funding and all commitments made will be completed.

“The annual fund will in future be managed under The Bedford College Group banner based on the organisation’s unparalleled experience of preparing adults for the work place.

“The details are still subject to on-going consultation which will ensure the best value is achieved for community groups from this funding.”

Bedford College also stressed that while the Learning Partnership was based at The Bedford Learning Centre in the High Street, this change will make no different to the IT training services that have been offered under the Learning Centre banner as these were funded separately.