This evening I attended the Adult Learners Awards which were handed out at County Hall.
The Adult Education Service is one which Cornwall is rightly proud of. More and more, it is delivering a range of qualification based study as well as more traditional recreation based courses. That's not in itself a bad thing, of course. But the pressures from the Learning and Skills Council - which provides a lot of the funding for the service - are getting greater and greater. A recent budget cut from the LSC will have a significant effect and the Board of Governors, on which I sit, will have to deal with this cut in the very near future. As much as possible, we hope to be able to mitigate against any cuts to the service that we can provide.
Overall there are more than 10,000 people studying with Cornwall's Adult Education Service. Tonight's awards were for the 70 or so students who were judged by tutors to have done best over the past year. In some cases this was due to their academic excellence. But the awards also recognised those who had overcome adversity to study or made progress after not having achieved much during their school based education.
It was a great pleasure to be there and to chat afterwards with some of the awards recipients. I very much hope that next year we will be able to celebrate similar, or even higher, levels of success.