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Plymouth, the second largest city in the South West, has undergone major transformation in recent years to bring in commercial and cultural opportunities. In parallel to this, the City is working to ensure it develops as a place for learning, innovation and knowledge sharing. Drawing on its rich heritage, maritime links and growing economic and cultural status, the City is working with the RSA, City & Guilds Group to celebrate its civic identity and become a ‘City of Learning.’

Plymouth City Council and Real Ideas Organisation are engaging local youth networks, major employers and education and community organisations in a united vision of learning and skills progression for the City. There is a huge amount of talent across the city, but often it's hidden, misunderstood or undervalued, creating a disenfranchised group of young people disconnected from what the city has to offer. The aim is to change this by empowering a network of learning providers to issue digital open badges that capture the breadth of relevant learning taking place, supporting progression in education, employment and a prosperous life.  

"Plymouth is a really exciting place to be, leading the way innovating inclusive approaches to grow our economy. Cities of Learning is key part of this jigsaw, creating a digital record of learning that is vital to businesses and communities. We are delighted to be involved, not least because Cities of Learning enables us all to recognise the many talented young – and older – people we work with. As the network spreads, we look forward to working with organisations across the city and beyond. It’s great – get involved!"

Lindsey Hall

Chief Executive, Real Ideas Organisation

Read more about Plymouth's Cities of Learning journey


Plymouth City of Learning digital badges

The Real Ideas Organisation (RIO) on Credly Acclaim. See badges available in Plymouth now.

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Plymouth City of Learning digital badges

Theory of Change

Agreed goals, outcomes, activities and actions that underpin the Plymouth pilot.

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Theory of Change

Actor Map

Map of Plymouth's informal learning provider network. 

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Actor Map