Adults who want to learn new skills or engage in different hobbies could struggle to find suitable courses if plans go ahead to cut adult education services in Bromley. The council has faced cuts to further education funding from the Government and needs to reduce the amount of overspending by the college.
Bromley Council plans to dramatically restructure Bromley Adult Education College (BAEC). This would entail axing as many as 265 courses covering areas such as music, art, sport, astronomy and floristry. There are currently about 6,500 students and 339 staff members who are based at the three sites in Orpington, Bromley, and Penge.
The council has published a report into the plans for restructuring. This includes reducing the number of courses that are offered through the Community Learning fund from the 440 that are presently available to around 175. The adult education service would focus on English and maths skills as well as the training that they offer to unemployed individuals.
As part of the plans, the Widmore Centre in Bromley would no longer be used, with students studying at the Orpington and Penge sites instead.
The proposals will now be debated by the Policy Development and Scrutiny Committee before a decision on a formal consultation takes place. Any decision will not have an impact on the 2015-16 courses that are on offer.
Are you currently studying at BAEC? How do you feel these proposals will affect students in the local area? Do you think that the council should have looked at other options?