West Berkshire Council

Working with Community Learning

Delivering courses and training to adults (aged 19+) across West Berkshire to improve lives, widen opportunities, support families and develop communities.


Community Education Fund

The Community Education Fund (CEF)  is open to learning and training providers, including voluntary organisations, housing associations, community groups, children's centres, schools, colleges, training companies and local authority services.

The CEF supports the delivery of both accredited and non-accredited learning programmes in accordance with the Adult Education Budget.

  • Accredited provision relates to courses that lead to qualifications with particular focus on adults (19+) without level 2 qualifications who are unemployed and on active benefits.
  • Non-accredited provision are non-formal courses designed to support adults (19+) to re-connect with learning, gain new skills, improve health and wellbeing, access employment, progress to accredited courses, develop local communities or support their children's learning and development. 
Education and Skills Funding Agency, European Social Fund and Ofsted Good Provider joint logos
Education and Skills Funding Agency, European Social Fund and Ofsted Good Provider joint logos

The Community Education Fund (CEF) is open at set times throughout the academic year.
To apply for funding contact the Community Learning Team or download the latest bid documents from this page.

The Community Learning service was rated 'good' at the latest Ofsted inspection in November 2015.


Community Learning Training and Continuing Professional Development Opportunities

Community learning tutors and contracted providers are expected to complete training in adult safeguarding  and PREVENT channel awareness. The Education and Training Foundation provides a range of online courses to support tutors and providers in the delivery of adult and family learning within the further education sector.

There are a number of other continuing professional development opportunities available to support the development of resources and sharing good practice. We host an annual tutor forum in November of each year. The forum focusses on key training needs and sector requirements in preparation for the new academic year. To find out more information or to apply for a place on the forum, please contact the Community Learning Team.

The Learning at Work Institute provides a number of community learning resources and case studies to support course planning and delivery.


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