The Learning Curve is an established charity which aims to change the lives of socially and economically disadvantaged people by delivering learning and guidance both directly to our beneficiaries and through our partner organisations. As a result of our work, our beneficiaries are better able to support themselves and lead fulfilled lives.
Founded in Wiltshire in 1999, we now operate across the South West, with our main offices and training centres being in Melksham and Plymouth and a network of community-based learning delivery.
Our key beneficiary groups include:
- Young People 16-24 including young parents and parents to be and young people not taking up other education, employment or training opportunities (NEETs)
- Unemployed adults, including returners to work and those who have never worked
- Older people
Through our secondary role as an infrastructure organisation, we support other charities with similar aims to achieve their goals by providing advice, training and support. We choose to focus on helping charities who share our vision and values so that we create a “multiplier effect”.
The Learning Curve has matrix accreditation for information and advice provision. We can provide you with information about:
- Training courses
- Workforce and other forms of learning and development
- Career progression and pathways
- Qualifications and accreditation
- Sources of further help and support
We recognise the crucial role played by our employees and volunteers. The Learning Curve is proud to have achieved the Investors in People Silver accrediation, showing how our people strategies and processes underpin our organisation’s success. As a team, we defined our values which sum up what is important about how we work together.
Our main funders include: the Skills Funding Agency; the Education Funding Agency and the European Social Fund.
We are also grateful to all of the individuals and organisations who support our work, including:
- Donations from Melksham Rotary Club, Chippenham Rotary Club, ASDA, Barclays, Reed Education Trust, St Thomas & St Edmund Charities and individual donors
- Several organisations who provide valuable work placements, materials and hands-on support for learners on our Trowbridge and Salisbury Prince’s Trust programmes
- Users of our online fundraising websites, including The Giving Machine (where retailers donate for free when you shop online), Ebay for Charity and The Big Give