Community Learning in Partnership (CLIP) was founded in 1995 by Janet Farr as a training organisation specialising in skills for the voluntary sector and the community. From early days, it found a niche in high quality training provision and management – particularly in rural Lincolnshire. CLIP was previously known as CG Partnership.
The organisation is now well-established with the clear goal of widening participation in learning by people from rural, coastal and isolated communities. We work, with equal commitment, with young people aged 16-18 years who have under-achieved at school and with adults who are looking to refresh their skills – for personal development, family, higher education or work. CLIP is also committed to supporting people who have experienced mental health difficulties. Through our Learning Minds project, we are developing a "recovery approach" through a series of courses on mental health and well-being.
CLIP now works with over 2000 learners a year and has over 40 staff and tutors. Most of our work is located in our community learning centres in Mablethorpe, Market Rasen and Gainsborough. Most of the programmes are publicly-funded and therefore open to quality inspection by Ofsted and other bodies. We were inspected in February 2014 gaining a Grade 2 - Good.
We have a wide range of opportunities available including:
- Study Programmes for 16-18s including work preparation, personal/social skills, Maths and English
- Community Learning for interest and personal development in a wide range of subjects
- ICT for beginners and improvers
- Accredited courses in a variety of vocational areas
- Job search and work-related skills for people looking for work
- English and Maths from Entry Level to GCSE
- Apprenticeship training in business administration and customer service
- Support and skills for people recovering from mental health problems
- Teacher training
CLIP is a social enterprise incorporated as a Community Interest Company (CIC). We seek to employ social entrepreneurial skills – garnering resources and opportunities for the benefit of the community.
The centres are open to all – pop in and see us!