Lincolnshire County Council supported 7,511 adults onto 1,235 learning programmes during 2018/19. It targeted specific groups including people with learning difficulties and disabilities, no or low qualifications, the unemployed and residents from the most deprived neighbourhoods – which accounted for 20 per cent of learners.
Almost 60 per cent of learners were aged between 30 and 59. A number of participants secured promotions or made career changes, with 92 per cent of learners saying their course helped to develop their self-confidence.
Victoria, suffering with low self-esteem, back problems and other illnesses, took part in a 'Get into Catering' course, completing her Customer Service Level 1 qualification. By the end of the course Victoria had secured employment in a café in Lincoln. She said "this course has turned my life around. I am so happy with my new job and the fact that I am now off benefits".
A male learner in his mid-30s who had been out of work for a year attended an iPads for Beginners course and on completion secured a job at a large retail chain, citing the confidence and IT skills the course gave him as the reason for securing the job.
Three learners completed a course in Hairdressing and went on to open their own salons. All three have since enrolled new trainees on future adult learning programmes at Skegness.