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Flexible Learning Fund

At the Spring 2017 Budget, the Government committed to exploring ambitious new approaches to encouraging lifelong learning and created the Flexible Learning Fund. £40M was allocated at the Spring 2017 Budget for pilots aimed at helping adults progress in employment or enter new occupations through re-skilling or up-skilling. 

EDLounge's VIRTUAL EDUCATION LOUNGE via bid was 1 of 32 Training Providers successful in the application for being part of the pilot.

The great news for EDLounge can be seen by the announcement made by the Rt Hon Anne Milton, MP (Apprenticeship and Skills Minister) that can be fully viewed here:

The next stages

This fund has enabled EDLounge to create the platform of to work with an extensive range of training providers and key employers that recognise the importance of upskilling their workforce. 

The partners and the courses they are looking to deliver as part of the Virtual Education Lounge (EDQuals) pilot are:

  • Beats Learning; 
    • BTEC Music/Music Technology, Diploma in Care, Business Admin, Functional Skills, ESOL, Employability Skills
  • Cultural Capital;
    • Various Construction, Plumbing, Joinery Courses
  • JAG Training;
    • Functional Skills, Radio, Adult Social Care, Various Diplomas in the Care Sector, Business Admin, Nutrition and Health
  • Learn Plus Us; 
    • Teaching and Learning in Schools, Diploma in Adult Care, Diploma in Playwork, Diploma in Team Leading, Business Admin, Diploma in Customer Service, Mental Health, Counselling Skills and various other courses 
  • Successful Mums;
    • Diploma in Personal Development (Business Start-up), (Back to Work), Customer Service
  • Talented Training Limited;
    • Award for Working as a CCTV Operator (Public Space Surveillance) within the Private Security Industry, Award for Working as a Door Supervisor within the Private Security Industry, Customer Service, Fitness Instruction 
  • Training Skills UK;
    • Diploma in Plumbing and Heating, Diploma in Electrical Installations (Buildings and Structures), Certificate in Fundamental Inspection, Testing and Initial Verification, Diploma in Electrical Installations (Building and Structures) 
  • Uganda Community Relief Association (UCRA);
    • Are looking to deliver the following courses: Certificate in Preparing to Work, Functional Skills

The Fund has four broad categories of interest:

  • Delivery on a more flexible or convenient timetable
  • Making online and blended learning work for adults
  • Delivery outside the classroom
  • Delivery methods that allow for caring responsibilities and returning to the labour market

Learn more about EDQuals, the coursework platform for EDLounge's flexible learning fund to improve lifelong learning for any learner.


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