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We are piloting a new way to recognise and connect learning in Plymouth.

Plymouth became a pilot city in 2017 and have been instrumental in the co-design of the Cities of Learning programme together with the RSA.

At the heart of Plymouth’s vision is developing a wider city culture of wellbeing and achievement; to help everyone recognise the inherent skills within themselves and in others. For the pilot, Plymouth is focusing its programme on young people aged 14-25 and will be particularly focused on highlighting opportunities around the following themes:

  • Creative, cultural, and digital sectors
  • Health, youth, volunteering and housing
  • Social enterprise and community businesses


delivery partners

Real Ideas Organisation (RIO) is leading the work in Plymouth, helping to support people, communities and organisations to develop the skills they need to succeed in an ever-changing world. RIO are themselves a learning provider focusing on employability skills and working with some of the hardest to reach young people in Cornwall.

RIO’s work in Plymouth aims to mobilise a city-wide community of active, engaged citizens, contributing towards the city’s cultural and economic development. Working with a multitude of learning providers and employers in the city, they are doing just that by connecting their skills networks through Cities of Learning.

This is a really exciting project for Plymouth to be a part. We’re going to be making the whole city a digital learning campus which will ultimately encourage more people to take part in learning.

Councillor Jon Taylor

Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Transformation

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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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"We are developing a strongly connected and cohesive learning ecosystem supported by employers, formal and informal learning."