New plan for delivery of learning and development in Midlothian
The council has approved a new strategy for learning and development in the county.
The plan, which covers 2018 to 2021, follows three successful years of the Learning and Development in the Community Plan (2015 to 2018).
Focus on confidence building and skill development
The new strategy will focus on confidence building and skill development, improving people’s skills for learning, life and work while also providing support to community groups to secure funding which can help them meet the needs of those in their community.
Highlights of the previous plan, achieved through partnership working, included the growth of volunteer opportunities, an increase in young people taking part in Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and the development of high quality participatory budgeting programmes which awarded over £250,000 to local projects.
More people getting involved in learning opportunities in Midlothian
Over £3million in external partnership funding was also secured, helping to regenerate local communities in Newtongrange and Rosewell and reshape mental health provision for children and young people.
More than 5,000 people have also got involved in learning opportunities in the last three years in Midlothian with a 62% increase in the number of learners achieving qualifications.
Cllr Jim Muirhead, deputy leader of the council and cabinet member for education, said:
“Our current learning and development plan has had a really positive impact over the last three years, helping many people in Midlothian to develop important skills for learning, life and work. We have also seen an increase in people getting involved in their community through volunteering and other similar opportunities.
“These successes would not be possible without the crucial work of our amazing partners and we thank them for their continued commitment to learning and development in Midlothian.
“The new plan for learning and development remains ambitious and, despite a challenging financial climate, we are confident the new strategy and action plan will help us deliver a quality service for our communities.”