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West College Scotland is proud to establish an effective partnership approach between the College and Working 4 U (West Dunbartonshire Community, Learning and Development).

The collaboration between the two organisations has been highlighted nationally as an example of good practice. West Dunbartonshire CLD and West College Scotland work collaboratively to target learners from deprived communities using an approach that highlights CLD values and competencies throughout the work.

As an area with one of the lowest rates of education attainment in the country, West Dunbartonshire CLD also looks to support individuals affected by unemployment, poverty and mental health issues. Using an informal and casual approach, the programme is able to motivate individuals and motivate them to learn at their own pace. In addition, flexible classes accommodate those receiving benefits or working part time.

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The programme looks to support the most vulnerable, isolated members of West Dunbartonshire and support those who are furthest from the job market. By combining resources and targeting approaches, the learning on offer has been delivered in the local community in collaboration with college-resourced courses to engage adults who are among those most at disadvantage.

Assistant Principal for Student Life & Skills, Iain Forster-Smith said; “Improving the life chance of people within our community is something WCS is extremely proud of and it has been an absolute pleasure to partner with WDC on this journey”.

The partnership approach has helped the development of the programmes in place by reviewing particular KPI’s based on the best possible outcome for the learners. In turn, this allows programmes to be tailored based on the needs of the individual. Working 4 U have highlighted that without this programme, a number of these disadvantaged learners would not be able to access this route into education.

Head of Learning Communities, Fiona McKenzie, said; “The collaboration between West College Scotland and West Dunbartonshire Council facilitates adults participation in the first steps of learning and provides them with clear pathways, guidance and support to positive destinations. Learning is provided flexibly and locally , improving accessibility and engaging learners who otherwise be unable to access learning. Existing funding is used in a joined up/flexible way in response to adults needs in their own community”