Full Time and Part Time Adult Skills Learners - Enrolments (Updated In-Year)

Enrolment of adult learners is increasing in line with the previous year, although overall numbers are slightly lower. This is due to the impact of Coronavirus and social distancing arrangements for adult programmes. Working in partnership with the West Midlands Combined Authority we will shortly be introducing new fully funded programmes to allow adults to retrain into priority sectors (health, engineering, construction, digital) which we expect will see a rise in adult participation. We are also very proud to run a number of programmes in partnership with local employers aimed at supporting adults directly into work.

Full Time and Part Time Adult Skills Learners - Enrolments (2018-19 Year-End)

Engagement and participation rates

Learner engagement trend analysis

Bar chart showing adult learner engagement trend analysis

We are pleased that in 2018/19 we continue to see strong participation in adult learning recruiting 2,865 adult learners. Whilst some of the adult provision is dedicated to adult learners (often part time), particularly around English and mathematics skills development, we have seen a growth in the percentage of adult learners who are infilling into EFA full time programmes. Due to poor GCSE results when leaving school, some learners start college life on a level 1 or 2 programme in order to build their skills and progress on to level 3. By the time they come to the level 3 programme they have reached 19 years of age and fall into the adult learner category.

Travel to Learn Map

Heatmap showing travel to learn pattern for adult learners

The map shows the travel to learn pattern of our adult learners in 2018/19. The majority of learners are from Dudley borough, as you would expect, with increasing numbers of learners looking to remain in Dudley to study rather than travel elsewhere. The catchment area is wider than seen with 16-18 learners, suggesting adult learners are willing to travel further for their studies.