April 2017 – Learning Partnership becomes part of The Bedford College Group

The Learning Partnership is now part of The Bedford College Group and the partnership will help secure community education funding opportunities.

The Learning Partnership Bedfordshire and Luton Ltd. was established in 1999 and has an excellent reputation as an organisation delivering high quality community-based learning and training, by working collaboratively with a range of stakeholders and partners.

The Bedford College Group is now the No1 provider in the SEMLEP (South East Midlands) region of post-16 skills training. Tresham College in Northampton and Shuttleworth College in Central Beds are part of the group.

Steve Kendall, Chair of the Learning Partnership said : “Becoming part of Bedford College’s community arm is a win-win. It gives our staff more opportunities for growth and development as part of a much larger organisation and Bedford College will have the benefit of The Learning Partnership’s expertise and experience in community-based learning. This should allow the range of services to be widened and to enable more local people to benefit.”

The Learning Partnership staff will stay at their industrial estate offices in Sunbeam Road, Kempston

Ian Pryce CBE, CEO and Principal of The Bedford College Group said: “We have a great reputation of making quality education available to as many people in the community as possible. This partnership means we can ensure that any gaps in provision are covered, particularly for those who need help to take them a step closer towards employment opportunities.”

Our Vision

We are passionate about lifelong learning.  We believe that every person should have the opportunity to achieve their full potential.

Our Values

The Learning Partnership operates in accordance with the highest standards in all relationships with partners, suppliers, learners and the local community, fostering a climate which encourages innovation and diligence amongst staff and partners and rewards accordingly.

Our Purpose

Enriching the local community and making a positive difference to the lives of all those wanting to learn and work.

We aim to identify gaps in provision and seek funding to create innovative new programmes to enable more adult learners to progress, improve their skills and realise their full potential, whilst working closely with mainstream funders, providers and networks, including:

  • Higher Education
  • Further Education
  • Workbased Learning
  • Adult and Community Learning
  • Voluntary and Community Sector

We also work with local employers to ensure our workforce is appropriately skilled to meet the challenges that lie ahead in a rapidly changing world.

Our Quality

The Learning Partnership is committed to providing high quality project delivery, effective project management and outstanding client service, and has the following systems and procedures in place to support continuous quality improvement :

  • comply with funders quality requirements 
  • ensure quality is the responsibility of all staff
  • monitor and review all provision regularly
  • focus on learners with the provision of quality training and assessment to meet their needs
  • review all policy documents annually
  • audit the quality system annually
  • ensure that partners not using The Learning Partnership policies and standards have their own in place
  • regularly gather, monitor and review all client feedback, including complaints
  • ensure our employees have annual performance reviews and access to training and development

Learning Partnership Self Assessment Report (SAR) 15-16

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The Learning Partnership has been matrix accredited since February 2012.

The matrix Standard is the unique quality standard for organisations to assess and measure their advice and support services, which ultimately supports individuals in their choice of career, learning, work and life goals

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The Learning Partnership (Unique Reference Number: 58290) is inspected as a provider of Adult and Community Learning:

Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills, who are independent and impartial and report directly to Parliament. Ofsted inspect and regulate services which care for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages.

policyPolicies and Procedures

The Learning Partnership works to the Policies and Procedures of Bedford College, but below are copies of some of our historic documents which have supported our working with clients, partners and funders: