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About Cities of Learning

The RSA’s Cities of Learning programme is a new model for cities and regions to design and deliver inclusive lifelong learning which is tailored to the needs of local people and economies. 

The Cities of Learning concept has been developed with partner cities and localities, education providers, employers, youth sector organisations and education funders.

It builds on the work of other leading global initiatives such LRNG in the USA and UNESCO Learning Cities, and takes forward recommendations from the RSA’s 2015 report New Digital Learning Age.  

Lead by the RSA in partnership with developers Navigatr, the programme has received support from City & Guilds Group, UFI Charitable Trust and A New Direction.

Our Aims

Narrow opportunity, achievement and skills gaps

Narrow opportunity, achievement and skills gaps

 

Improve industry relevant/employability skills

Improve industry relevant/employability skills

 

Foster inclusivity, civic pride and increase wellbeing

Foster inclusivity, civic pride and increase wellbeing

 

Improve social mobility

Improve social mobility

 

our journey so far

Our locations

Currently, there are two UK cities, Brighton and Plymouth, that are piloting the Cities of Learning concept, with several London boroughs also on the way to pilot.

Together, we’re breaking new ground and experimenting  with how we can align interests and unite employer and learning networks across the city to build our vision of connected learning.  

The Cities of Learning app has also been taking shape with the help of the pilot cities. The web-app is currently in beta-testing and will be launching in the of Summer 2020, featuring our early adopters in each city – a diverse range of organisations, including schools, charities, FE colleges, youth groups and employers.

 

Learn more about the pliots

The pilot cities have led the way in designing and issuing the first badges to learners, recognising the skills acquired from wide ranging and diverse activities.

 

Find out how it works

Cities of Learning captures all the learning that’s hidden in a city and makes it visible via a digital app.

 

 

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