Formed in 2007 by UCS, Suffolk Learning and Skills Council and Suffolk County Council with funding from East of England Development Agency, Leap is the umbrella brand for education and training in Suffolk which brings together a wide range of education providers, strategic partners and funding agencies across the county.
Leap is unique to Suffolk and delivers free and impartial, high quality information, advice and guidance to everyone seeking education or training opportunities and careers advice. Leap also works with businesses hoping to improve the skills of their workforce. The aim of Leap is to make access to education and skills as local as possible in response to the rural nature of the county, assist in raising aspirations and deliver the support the community needs to address the barriers to education and employment.
Leap Centres are at the core of Leap activity and since the project began, the number of people assisted has grown tremendously. The Centres provide a friendly, welcoming and supportive environment, contain teaching rooms and state-of-the-art teaching facilities. Appointments can be made with expert advisors who can provide information, advice and guidance on all aspects of education, careers advice and assistance with CV writing and interview skills. Each Leap Centre is run by one of five delivery partners; Community Learning and Skills Development, West Suffolk College, Community Action Suffolk, Access Community Trust and CSV Media.
There are 13 Leap Centres located in the following locations in Suffolk:
Ipswich (2 Centres)
Lowestoft (3 Centres)
Leap Points are micro versions of the Leap Centres, based mainly in libraries and children’s centres. They offer information and a sign-posting service to local learning opportunities.
The Leap Website is the central portal for information about adult learning courses in Suffolk and contains a database of approx. 6,000 courses including English, Maths and IT courses, Preparation for Work courses, Further and Higher Education and Leisure and Community Learning Courses.
For further information, visit the Leap Website to search the course database and find your nearest Leap Centre or email leapucs.ac.uk.
Leap Blog: http://blog.leap.ac.uk/