|Some of the group tonight during a tour of the new school building after the meeting|
In addition to the targeted geographic areas we have thematic leads :
•Literacy/numeracy : Sheila Robertson
•English for Speakers of other languages : Kirsty Gemmell
•Family Learning : Sarah McEwan
•Employability : Liz Allardice
Therefore, if the question relates to a thematic area, I would suggest they go to that Senior. If it is a wider issue in relation to Adult Learning provision then to myself.
In addition, we are continuing with our commitment to support Adult Education Associations and Liz Allardice is supporting the Adult Education Associations in Stobswell and Broughty Ferry and we would extend this support to helping set up a new Adult Education Association for Harris.
I have made a note to catch up with you about this next August to start setting this up.
I would also stress that although our provision may not be geographically based in The Ferry or West End Wards the facilities at Mitchell Street are open to anyone in the city. Additionally, people from the West End and Broughty Ferry Wards can access our services in other community venues if there is evidence of need but they won’t be based in their localities due to the reduction in our resource.
I have expressed concern about Dundee City Council cuts in adult learning provision that has left the West End without a dedicated adult learning worker, which is a highly detrimental move.
As a result of the savings we have reduced the number of Adult Learning Teams from five to four with a reduction in our staff complement by one Senior Adult Learning Worker and two Adult Learner Worker posts. This follows year on year reduction in staffing, as a result of the savings, and as such we are no longer able to sustain the level of provision that was previously offered by Adult Learning. Therefore, we have had to look at a full scale review of the service which involves a reconfiguration of both the staff structure and areas of provision.There is no longer the capacity within the Adult Learning Section to deliver a universal city-wide Adult Learning provision. In line with the Prevention Framework for Dundee Partnership, the outcomes set in the Single Outcome Agreement and within the context of the CLD Strategic Guidance, it is the intention to refocus Adult Learning within the Prevention Framework as targeted prevention and early intervention work. In effect this means geographic targeting at community areas in the 15% most deprived within the following Wards: Lochee, Strathmartine, Coldside, Maryfield, East End and North East.In addition to this target based approach there is the recognition to retain literacy and ESOL provision on a referral based approach ; having a central resource at Mitchell Street working in partnership with key agencies/voluntary organisations.
This means there will be no staff deployed geographically to target communities within the West End area. However, people from the West End will still be able to access literacy and ESOL services through Mitchell Street and we have given the commitment to support Adult Education Associations, which means if HERA look to re-form once the new Harris premises are completed, then we would help support this development.