Full Time and Part Time Adult Skills Learners - Destinations (2019-20 Year-End)

Impact on Regional Skills and the Regional Economy

Breakdown of Learner Type

Our adult education provision can be broadly categorised into three strands:

  • Strand 1: Professional and Technical Updating Programmes for Adults. These programmes will help adults develop skills for progression in their careers or for entry into higher education.
  • Strand 2: Essential Skills Programmes for Adults. These are programmes aimed at developing essential skills for adults to support them progressing in work and life.
  • Strand 3: Young Adults Completing Full Time Programmes. This provision is for a small group of learners usually aged between 19 and 21 years old who complete their full time technical education programme alongside full time learners aged 16-18 years.

The chart below shows how our adult learners are split between these three strands. Around 9% of adult learners belong to Strand 3, which is slightly more than 2018/19 (+2%). We have continued to see an increase in Essential Skills learners in comparison with Technical Professional. Some of this is due to the acquisition of the Black Country Skills Shop which supported unemployed adults through employability programmes.

Adult learners by strand

Pie chart showing adult learners split by strand

Having an Impact Locally

The chart below shows the proportion of our adult learners that reside in the Dudley Local Authority, in the neighbouring authorities (Wolverhampton, Birmingham, Sandwell & Walsall) and outside of the region. More than half of our adult learners live in the Dudley borough (53%) and 11% increase on 2018/19. Only 3% of our adult learners come from outside of the region which has reduced from 6% in 2018/19. This is further evidence that the college’s work is focussed on ensuring local people have an impact on the local economy through skills development and training.

Adult learners based within region

Pie chart showing adult learners based within the region

STEM in the curriculum - trend analysis

The local economy relies on a workforce with high level skills and skills in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

The chart below shows the percentage of qualifications completed by adult learners that were in STEM related subjects. In 2019-20 30% of our adults followed STEM programmes of study. This is a 4% drop compared with last year. Much of the adult provision we took responsibility for from Birmingham Metropolitan College was essential skills which explains this dip. We recognise the need to continue to review our remaining adult offer to ensure it meets local needs and that we are making best use of the remaining budget for adult provision.

Bar chart showing qualifications by adult learners in STEM subjects