PCF The Learning Partnership Bulletin February 2017

Partnership Community Forum Bulletin – 10 February 2017

Dear Colleagues,

Please find below latest news from us and our partners within the network.

Date for your diaries:  The next Partnership Community Forum meeting will be taking place on Thursday 23rd February 2017, at the Learning Partnership Offices, in Kempston.  If you would like to come along please confirm with Nick Bray – nbray@learning-partnership.co.uk.  The agenda and associated paperwork will be circulated nearer to the date.

If you would like to include your latest news / updates, advertise vacancies, inform the network of what you are up to, please send to Nick Bray by Thursday 23 February 2017 for inclusion in the next bulletin which will be issued on Friday 24 February 2017.


Funding Opportunities

Heritage Lottery Fund

Please be advised that the Heritage Lottery Fund will be in Luton on Friday 24 February 2017.  If you have an idea for a Heritage Project please book a half hour appointment with Dawn Bainbridge, the Heritage Lottery Fund Development Officer.  Appointment slots run from 10.30am until 3pm.  Contact details and venue address (Luton Borough Council offices) can be found on the attached leaflet.

NatWest Skills & Opportunities Fund Round 1 2017 Launch

This opportunity has just been launched.  For further details please click on the attached leaflet.

News from Partners

Bedfordshire CVS

The Bedfordshire CVS on line newsletter is available to view by clicking here.

The February 2017 CVS Bulletin is available to view by clicking


The Luton Voluntaryworks on line newsletter is available to view by clicking here.

Skills for Care

Skills for Care is pleased to release its latest E-Bulletins.

Download the Bulletin dated 30 January 2017.

Download the Bulletin dated 9 February 2017.

The Prince's Trust

The Prince's Trust is pleased to advise that there are still places available on the Get into Railway programme, that is running along the Great Northern Line.

The programme is open to unemployed people aged between 18-25.  Items covered include customer service training, work placements on all stations, platform and revenue gate opportunities.

All travel paid for, clothing supplied.

The taster day is in Luton on Wednesday 22nd February 2017.

Download further information.

For further information please contact Anna.Crump@princes-trust.org.uk, 07904 364206.


The Prince's Trust is also pleased to promote its Get into Hospitality course in partnership with Greene King taking place in both Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.  

The course starts on Monday 20 February 2017 with a taster day taking place on Wednesday 15 February 2017.

Download the promotional material.

To find out more about the programme contact David Benge on
07717 511141 or


ACER is pleased to release details of the following workshops:

Developing Reading Skills

Monday 6 March 2017 from 10am – 3.30pm at the ACER Offices in St Ives.

Download further details.


Preparing to deliver the new GCSE Maths Specification

Tuesday 7 March 2017 from 9.30am to 3pm at the ACER Offices in St Ives.

Download further details.


For further details on any of the above workshops please contact Christine Stewart on 01480 409300 or by email on christine.stewart@acer.ac.uk

Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity

The Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity (BRCC) is pleased to promote its latest newsletter.

Learning and Work Institute

Please click here for the latest news from the Learning and Work Institute.

Luton Town Football Club Community Trust 

The Community FA Level 1 in Football Coaching course inductions have started, the next one is taking place on Tuesday 7th February 2017 from 18:00 - 19:00pm at Kenilworth Road.

Download the promotional material.


The Go Lead, Go Stress Free course inductions are at the Luton Town Stadium on the following dates;

  • Wednesday 22nd February: 10:00 -13:00pm
  • Thursday 23rd February: 10:00 - 13:00pm
  • Friday 24th February: 10:00 - 13:00pm

Download the promotional material.


To enrol onto either course please email the details below.


Walk to Freedom

Walk to Freedom wish to publicise the launch of their UPskills Community learning Course and Motivation to Education Workshops for people in the community in who are unemployed or community champions as volunteers.

Download full details of the programmes.

Lewsey Farm Learning Centre

Lewsey Farm Learning Centre is pleased to promote its Skills for Success courses taking place during February 2017.  It is possible to attract enrolments after the dates stated in the attached promotional material.

Download further information.

Bedfordshire Employment and Skills Service

Bedfordshire Employment and Skills Service (BESS) wish to promote their English, Maths, ESOL and IT courses.

There are 2 enrolment days, Monday 13 and Thursday 16 February 2017, from 9.30am to 3pm.  The venue will be the first floor of Leighton Buzzard Library, Lake Street, Leighton Buzzard, Beds, LU7 1RX.

Download further information.

Festival of Learning

It is that time of year again when the Award Nominations open at the National Level under the Festival of Learning banner.  We will be keeping  our partners posted of the developments at national level and we positively encourage you as organisations to get nominating.  We will of course, again this year be holding our own local awards/celebration and more news will be published over the coming months.  If you would like to find out more about getting involved with what we do locally please get in touch with Nick Bray on either nbray@learning-partnership.co.uk or 01234 851154. 

Job Vacancies

Bedford and District Cerebral Palsy Society

The Bedford and District Cerebral Palsy Society are looking to recruit a Grant and Event Fundraising coordinator.

The closing date is Monday 19 February 2017.

Download further information.


YMCA Bedfordshire

YMCA Bedfordshire are looking to recruit a Part Time Support Co-ordinator and a Senior Support Co-ordinator.

The closing date is for both vacancies is Monday 20 February 2017.

Please click on the links below for further information.

Support Co-ordinator Job Description.

Support Co-ordinator Advertisement.

Senior Support Co-ordinator Job Description.

Senior Support Co-ordinator Advertisement.

Learning Partnership

National Careers Service

The Learning Partnership is delivering Information, Advice and Guidance services across Bedfordshire and Luton for individuals looking for advice geared to supporting skills and work goals.  Through one to one and group delivery the emphasis is on quality careers and skills interventions with advice best matched to suit individual needs. 


"They helped me to see that I am a valuable candidate and

not something to write off"


The support available identifies steps for individuals to take in order to reach their goals through the development of an action plan.  Everybody's support package will be different but could involve one or more of the following: 


One to One Support in person or via our telephone advice line. 


Group Workshops covering the following modules: 


  • Personality Types and Transferrable Skills
  • Learning and Progression Opportunities
  • CV Writing and Cover Letters
  • Interview Techniques
  • Application Forms
  • Job Search


Opportunities available locally including information on funded learning, general funding advice and job clubs. 

"I have a much clearer idea of where I am heading.  I would have less chance of obtaining my chosen career without the support I received"


We deliver across a range of venues in Luton and Bedfordshire and also provide a telephone service for ease and convenience.  Your careers adviser is Christopher Cooper who has years of experience delivering careers advice to individuals who are looking to progress back into employment and explore learning opportunities. 


To find out how the Learning Partnership can work with you to provide a support package to your customers, please contact Chris Cooper on Tel: 01234 853201 or Email: ccooper@learning-partnership.co.uk


To book an intervention with an advisor and to check eligibility, please contact Nick Bray on Tel: 01234 851154 or Email: nbray@learning-partnership.co.uk

Learning Partnership - Room Hire - New Lower Rates

The Learning Partnership is pleased to offer its air conditioned training and meeting rooms for hire to partners and local businesses for training and business meeting purposes. Download the publicity material.

For more details contact Nick Bray, nbray@learning-partnership.co.uk or 01234 851154.

Partnership Scheme
Keeping You Informed On Partnership Working Opportunities

The Learning Partnership continues to increase its membership base through application to its Partnership Scheme.  Any organisation in the learning and skills sector is welcome to apply to the scheme.

By completing a short application you will have access to information and support services to keep you informed and help you network with other learning and skills providers active in the local area.

Our support programme offered through the scheme includes advice on learning and skills, access to briefings and funding alerts. 

Should you wish to complete the application or discuss this further, contact Chris Cooper on 01234 853201 / ccooper@learning-partnership.co.uk.



Funding Opportunities

»  Heritage Lottery Fund

»  NatWest Skills and Opportunities


News From Partners

»  Bedfordshire CVS

»  Skills for Care

» The Prince's Trust



» Learning and Work Institute

» Luton Town FC Community Trust

» Walk to Freedom

» Lewsey Farm Learning Centre

» Beds Employment & Skills Service

» Festival of Learning


Job Vacancies

» Beds & District Cerebral Palsy

» YMCA Bedfordshire


Learning Partnership News

» National Careers Service

» Room Hire – New Lower Rates

» Partnership Scheme


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