Learning and Development Consortium
Welcome to the Learning and Development Consortium for Further Education in the UK

Lesley Crane and Peter Kilcoyne (Heart of Worcestershire College) explain how the LDC works, benefits for members and how to join.

About the LDC


Time and budget are two of the scarcest resources in Further Education Learning and Development. We can help!

We are passionate about supporting professional Learning and Development in Further Education. As a not-for-profit consortium of Further Education colleges, the LDC has one simple mission: to help members get quick, ready access to far more high quality resources for Learning and Development than they would otherwise be able to.

The LDC presents a fantastic opportunity for us to work collaboratively with other Colleges to solve some of the learning issues that we face. As a small Learning & Development department in a large College it is often difficult to find time to curate our own training and often too expensive to buy it in. The LDC means that we can pool both financial and learning resources so that we all can benefit from each other’s knowledge and experience.

James Hampton
Learning & Development Manager, Gloucestershire College


  • Through pooling subscription funds to create bigger and stronger buying power.
  • Members choose how that joint fund is spent.
  • Members can use the LDC portal to share their own collections of resources with other members.
  • The LDC searches for and brings into the portal relevant, good quality free learning resources from a variety of sources.

But we do more than this! We can also support you in locating resources, finding information, and finding people you need to connect to. We can promote your events and achievements to other members. We can even help you to manage events.

The LDC is both a sharing network and a digital cooperative with our core values based on the benefits of sharing and collaboration.

The Consortium is managed, developed and administered through a partnership of Heart of Worcestershire College and Dr Lesley Crane of Knowing How in the role of co-ordinator.


New Online Resources for Teachers

The LDC is now developing two exciting new online learning resources for teachers – ‘Embedding English and Maths’ and ‘Digital Skills for Teachers', both essentials in the teaching toolkit. They’ll be released at the start of the new year in September so watch this space!

Example Content

This is a small overview of the type of resources available to members.

Our Values

To promote excellence in professional learning and development, including CPD, at every level throughout Further Education in the UK.

Through pooling resources, to do more, achieve more and deliver more than any single organisation.

The LDC is operated by and for its members: our aim is to provide the platform on which to build the LDC into a strong community of practice, with shared benefits, and a digital academy filled with resources of the highest standard, chosen by members themselves.

We all face the same challenges – the drive to achieve more with less. By realising the mechanism through which high quality resources can be created for, and shared equally amongst members, we can do more with less.

Our Objectives

To establish, maintain and develop a system and reference point for Further Education, giving members access to a growing range of Further Education-specific, high quality resources for professional Learning and Development.

To provide the means to disseminate knowledge, learning and best practice.

These objectives will be met by a Further Education community funded initiative where:

  • Members pay an annual subscription into a common fund which is used to provide high quality resources for all members in their workforce learning and development.
  • Members themselves decide, through a democratic one college, one vote system, on how pooled funds are allocated, which topics and themes take priority, and what resource format is most needed.
  • Members are invited and encouraged to share their own products, resources and experiences with other members of the Consortium.

To provide a marketplace where members can partner with each other to share costs, programmes and projects, and resources.

  • In this way, individual member colleges benefit from the increased buying power of multiple members, getting more for less.

To provide members with a tangible value for money.

  • The amount of subscription invested is multiplied by the number of contributing members giving members the ability to realise get a significant return on investment in the form of high quality learning and development resources. Getting more for less.

How It Works

How much time will it involve?

As much as you want to put in: as little as a few moments every quarter to vote on how pooled funds are allocated.

The terms and conditions of the operations of the Consortium are agreed by our membership.

Each college member pays an annual subscription of £3,000 (excl VAT). Membership fees are paid to the Heart of Worcestershire College which is responsible for managing the Consortium’s funds, finances and legal arrangements.

The largest share is placed into a common fund, and used to fund the provision of resources, voted on by members, which are shared via the online platform.

Resources can take the form of digital learning, workshops, seminars, printed materials – in fact, any form that the members decide is most appropriate for the need.

Digital resources are produced in a way that enables them to be easily adaptable and customisable to local contexts.

A year’s subscription entitles members to all resources developed and/or acquired during the period of the year.

One-fifth is allocated to cover administration, service and project management, consultation and technical costs, as well as member support, commensurate with very nearly two FTE people. Two of the most important tasks are consultation and project management.

After a topic or resource is chosen, members can advise on what the resource should cover, what type of resource should be produced, and what local contexts it needs to accommodate. This is then developed into a topic specification. Once developed, the LDC manages testing, acceptance, and evaluation. We aim for excellence.

The LDC’s task of project management centres on resource content. This can involve identifying and training writers, managing editing and development tasks, co-ordinating all stages of a project to ensure it is delivered as specified and on time.

Visit the LDC platform TODAY to see for yourself how this exciting initiative is growing and developing.


For further information about the Consortium, including how to join, please contact Lesley Crane: