Who we are and what we do...
Birmingham Adult Education Service (BAES) is part of Birmingham City Council and is one of the largest adult learning providers nationally.
Since August 2019 its funding has come through the West Midlands Combined Authority and learners on some courses also pay fees towards the full cost of their course. Around 13,000 adults study each year with adult education.
Range of learning opportunities provided
BAES is a first steps provider, mainly delivering qualifications up to level 2 (GCSE equivalent). Many learners attend to gain skills and qualifications for work. There is also a significant range of non-qualification courses which support health and well-being. Courses run during the day, evening and on Saturday.
Courses in essential skills - English maths and IT - are free, as are other qualifications for those on income-related benefits, or those who earn less than £9.00 per hour. English language courses (ESOL) run across Birmingham and are also free. Some learners are mandated to attend by JCP. The range of vocational subjects includes IT, and Business, Creative Crafts, Health and Social Care. We also have a programme for learners with special/additional educational needs.
BAES embeds enrichment activities and wider skills into their courses to improve the quality of education that learners receive. For 2020-21, BAES will offer more intensive packages of learning for adults to develop their readiness for employment with English, maths and IT skills, together with specialist ICT or Health and Social Care programmes which include work-related placements and activities.
We aim to engage with all communities. Our programme of non-qualification courses provide activities that encourage social inclusion and for people to become engaged and active in their local community thereby improving the health and well-being of the city. The approach to studying a foreign language through Brasshouse Languages at the Library of Birmingham includes activities to improve understanding of cultural difference and community cohesion. This provision, with a national reputation, offers courses in 20 different languages.
In addition to direct delivery provision, BAES works with partners to engage those who are unlikely to join mainstream courses. For example, we run Family Learning courses in partnership with local schools and children’s centres, engaging parents and children in learning together.
Careers Information, Advice and Guidance
We have fully qualified staff who can provide careers guidance and labour market information to help people make informed decisions about their career path.
Support available to learners
There is financial support available for childcare whilst learners study for qualifications. We can also support those on low incomes with things like exam fees and course materials.
We provide equipment and adjustments where it is needed for those who require this help. We assess learners for dyslexia if a need is identified.