Leap (education and training)
|Location||Beccles, Bury St Edmunds, Debenham, Felixstowe, Newmarket, Haverhill, Lowestoft, Mildenhall, Ipswich, Stowmarket, Sudbury|
|Region served||Suffolk, United Kingdom|
|Affiliations||University Campus Suffolk, Suffolk County Council|
Leap was established in 2007 by University Campus Suffolk, Suffolk Learning and Skills Council and Suffolk County Council with funding from East of England Development Agency and is the umbrella brand for education and training providers in Suffolk.
Leap delivers free information, advice and guidance to everyone seeking education or training opportunities and also works with businesses aiming to improve the skills of their workforce.
The first students enrolled on courses through the Leap Centres in September 2007.
Leap is a collaboration of strategic partners and education providers that includes University Campus Suffolk, Suffolk County Council, West Suffolk College, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce and various voluntary sector organisations. In April 2009, University Campus Suffolk took over as the lead partner for the project.
The Leap Website is the central portal for information about adult learning and skills courses in Suffolk and enables individuals to browse the course database and choose from approximately 6,000 local courses including Skills for Life Courses, Further and Higher Education and Leisure and Community Learning Courses.
Leap is implementing core government policy by helping to raise the skills levels and employment chances of individuals.
The aim of Leap is to make access to education and skills as local as possible in response to the largely rural nature of the county, as well as providing access to a range of education options for people who want to pursue learning from basic literacy to higher education.
Leap aims to deliver support to the community in order to assist in raising aspirations and to address the barriers to education and employment.
Leap Centres and Leap Points
There are 13 Leap Centres located in market towns across Suffolk delivered through five providers; Community Learning and Skills Development, West Suffolk College, Community Action Suffolk, Access Community Trust and CSV Media. Leap Centres are located in Beccles, Bury St Edmunds,Felixstowe, Haverhill, Ipswich, Lowestoft, Mildenhall, Newmarket, Stowmarket and Sudbury.
Leap Centres provide access to all education from Leisure learning through to Higher Education and boast state of the art teaching facilities and access to IT based learning. Centre staff and National Careers Service advisors can help with information and advice on skills training and development, careers advice, business support, skills for life and leisure learning  as well as CV writing, interview skills and presentation techniques.
Leap Points are compact versions of the Centres, based in Libraries and Children’s Centres. These offer information and a sign-post service to local learning opportunities. There are currently approximately 100 Leap Points located in Suffolk.
The range of courses available through Leap includes:
- English, Maths and IT
- Further Education
- Higher Education
- Family Learning Courses
- Leisure Learning Courses
Leap for Business
Formed in 2010 by Leap and Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, Leap for Business is a free signposting service offering independent, impartial and comprehensive skills advice to business throughout Suffolk.
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