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The RSA has two subsidised opportunities to join our Cities of Learning Leadership programme in early 2022.

Selected applicants will receive a 12-month package of consultancy, training and support worth £75,000 at the subsidised rate of £30,000 to design and set up local projects.

Placements start in February and April 2022


Who is this opportunity for?

Our core audience is local authorities. We have worked with departments including: skills, economy, adult education, employability to address the following:

  • Joining up provision in their area to better address local skills problems
  • Encouraging early-stage engagement for hard-to-reach audiences
  • Building pathways to specific industries or employers
  • Developing skills for the future of work
  • Addressing skills imbalances post-COVID
  • Seeking greater participation in cultural or civic activity
  • Increasing visibility of provision through digital solutions and integration with existing platforms

What are the benefits of taking part?

  • Our subsidised offer provides a £75,000 project opportunity for your investment of £30,000
  • 12month training and support from RSA and its digital badging and platform partners to give your team the tools to independently continue the programme
  • Research and insights of Future of Work centre to help ground your programme in actionable skills data
  • Peer-to-peer-learning: share your journey with the two other places due to join in 2022 and with other Cities of Learning leaders.
  • Membership of an emerging national network of place-based learning with leading practitioners, employers, educators and policymakers

Find out more at our events:


  • 14 October - Question & Answer session
  • 4 November - Badges and Pathways Training


To register for these events please get in touch

Selection criteria

We are offering two places the opportunity to join the Cities of Learning programme on a matched funded basis. All participating places will be required to contribute £30,000 towards funding the programme.

The process is competitive and all applications will be assessed against five criteria: Vision, Leadership, Capacity, Network, Energy for Change.
As we expand the programme across the UK we are particularly interested to hear from towns, cities and regions in the North of England, Wales and Scotland.


Get in touch

If you have any questions, we’d love to hear from you.

Please contact

Lisa Andronova

Lisa Andronova

Head of Delivery, Cities of Learning



Funders and partners

This project is generously supported by Garfield Weston Foundation


Find out more

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.

Discover our impact

Tom Kenyon, the RSA's Cities of Learning Programme Lead, outlines the progress made on the project and the impact in our pilot cities.