A CLYDEBANK College is celebrating after securing funding to offer adult learning opportunities for FREE.

West College Scotland has partnered up with Learning Links Scotland and West Dunbartonshire Council to deliver an innovative Professional Development Award (PDA) in adult learning, funded by the Scottish Government.

This collaboration addresses a significant gap identified in the 2020 Community Learning and Development Standards Council paper, ‘Review of Career Pathways for Community Learning and Development’ (CLD), which highlights the absence of a dedicated award for general adult learning practice.

The new course aims to equip practitioners with a fundamental understanding of adult learning within the Scottish policy, knowledge and theoretical background of adult learning, effective methodologies and how to plan and deliver adult learning sessions.

Additionally, it will provide an avenue for individuals who currently work in the sector looking to advance their career in community learning and development, with a specific focus on adult learning.

Fiona McKenzie, head of learning communities, education pathways and enhancement at West College Scotland, commented: “This collaboration cements the commitment the college has to enhance adult learning opportunities and we are excited about the potential impact this program will have on the career development of individuals in this sector.

The PDA will begin on January 23 and run for 15 weeks, ending on May 14. It will be taught on weeknights, Tuesdays between 5 pm and 8 pm at the Queens Quay campus and Thursdays at the same time online.

Jackie Howie, CEO of Learning Links Scotland, said: “This is a great new opportunity for those who are interested in developing their experience of working in adult learning.

“It is a unique course which provides support to develop an understanding of the ideas and methods used in adult learning and provides an opportunity to put them into practice.”

For more information on this course or to sign up visit: https://www.westcollegescotland.ac.uk/