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£20 million invested to kickstart The Learning Revolution - 8 September 2009

The £20 million Transformation Fund, has awarded grants for more than 213 innovative informal adult learning projects in England.

As part of the Department for Business Innovation and Skills' (BIS) Learning Revolution vision, the Transformation Fund offered grants of various sizes to help projects offering informal adult learning opportunities to get started. Grants are available for a range of activities to support innovative work in developing part-time, nonvocational learning, such as engaging learners in the development of a community website or creating a project to encourage new people into learning. The Transformation Fund is open to public, private or voluntary and community sector organisations in England, partnerships of organisations across the sectors are encouraged. The deadline for the Transformation Fund passed on 12 July 2009.

Projects include:

  • An initiative to engage more than 2,000 adults who are not currently in training, employment or education, through celebrity-led creative music and media tasters, master classes and workshops, led by a partnership which includes Global Radio, the parent group of Heart FM, LBC and Galaxy stations.
  • A partnership between Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive, Merseytravel, Urbis and a National Trust property which will create ‘learning journeys’ for young people 19-25, older people living in isolation and people recovering from substance abuse. Each learner will use a free bus pass to take journeys around travel ‘lines’, including the Engineering Line, the Football Line and the Mersey Beat Line.
  • A project at Tyneside Cinema, in partnership with Newcastle University, to use the cinema’s new spaces and facilities to deliver digital technology, moving image, communications and IT learning to a wide range of people from different social backgrounds and develop online learning tools for others to share.
  • A massive campaign, led by Booktrust and delivered through GP surgeries, libraries and Adult Education centres, to inspire thousands of over-60s to take up reading or writing for pleasure.

Read more: www.bis.gov.uk/20m-kickstart-learning-revolution

Scheme details: Transformation Fund