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Flexible Learning Packages & Courses

Many of our centres are being asked to develop courses to meet specific local employment needs, often with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and local employers to give adults the skills required to access employment opportunities with the minimum delay. These are mainly in key employment areas such as care, construction, retail, hospitality, logistics and digital and use units and short awards from our national qualifications.

These packages are designed for learners who:

  • Are looking for the opportunity to build up sector-specific skills and fast track to an interview
  • Are looking to upskill or reskill
  • Are unemployed or facing redundancy
  • Are in employment and want to further develop their skills
  • Have no previous qualifications or educational experience

Benefits of building flexible learning packages:

  • They can be designed to meet specific local employment needs
  • Many OCN London units attract component funding from the Adult Education Budget (AEB)
  • All OCN London short course qualifications attract funding from the Adult Education Budget (AEB)
  • They are easy to take up and deliver year-round
  • Can support and enhance learners’ personal development, behaviour and wellbeing

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Creating your own flexible learning packages & courses

If you can’t find what you are looking for, contact your Curriculum Manager who will be able to offer you advice on the best way to proceed.

Component funding

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) encourages the use of and will fund through the Adult Education Budget courses which are made up of individual units, what they call component funding and you are able to use your Adult Skills Funding budget to do this.

The funding for the units can be checked here. As a general rule, if the qualification is funded then the units within it are also funded with a few exceptions, for example there are no units relating to Health and Safety that attract funding. You can use units from different qualifications and across levels if it is appropriate and makes the course a ‘coherent learning package’.

How to check for available funding

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If you are ready to apply to deliver OCN London qualifications and seeking Centre approval, please complete our online form to arrange a meeting with our team and to request the relevant documents.

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