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Taster courses encourage learners back into education

Further education taster courses were successful in encouraging almost half of their participants back into learning, according to a new report published by the Learning and Skills Network (LSN) this week.

Taster courses were found to be effective in re-introducing many learners back to education, and four out of ten re-enrolled at some point in the following four academic years.

The research was funded by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), and is entitled 'Triggers for re-engagement: do taster courses work?'

The purpose of the report was to explore national learner data in England to see whether learners on short taster courses (of three or six taught hours in total), enrolled in longer courses after the completing the taster course.

Jill Lanning, research director at the Learning and Skills Network, said: "The research has proved taster courses were successful in encouraging learners back into larger learning programmes. This is positive news as it is critically important that adults are engaged in learning and training, that will help them secure future employment."

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