Ofsted recently inspected the Community Learning Service at The Learning Place in North End to look at how well adult learning courses are run.
In its report, inspectors said: 'Adult learners produce high-quality work and gain the confidence and motivation to move on to further learning or employment’ and ‘Learners rightly feel well supported by passionate, experienced and well-qualified teachers, managers and leaders who enthuse and interest learners in the subjects they study’.
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Councillor Suzy Horton, cabinet member for education at Portsmouth City Council, said: ‘I'm glad that the Ofsted inspectors have praised our Community Learning Service, in particular our passionate staff at The Learning Place and the results that they achieve with our adult learners to inspire them to grow in confidence and move forward, often into employment.’
Portsmouth City Council's Community Learning Service offers adult learning courses based mainly around community and family learning as well as courses in English, mathematics and English for speakers of other languages.
This service also offers apprenticeship standards in level 3 business administrator, level 3 teaching assistant and health and social care at levels 4 and 5.
Alan Lowe, enterprise centres manager at Portsmouth City Council, said: ‘The Learning Place have really helped our Enterprise Centres team with recruitment and training.
‘Three out of six staff in our administration team, have successfully completed their business administration apprenticeship and are now full-time employees.’