The BEGIN Partnership

BEGIN is governed by a Partnership Agreement and Steering Group that normally meets 3 times a year. Steering Group members are from Nottingham College, the local authorities, voluntary & community sector organisations and other relevant services. In addition, the team is employed by Nottingham College, its major funder. Like other teams in the College it receives support, advice & direction on a day-to-day basis from relevant college managers. Our thanks to all the organisations we work with to help local people with learning:

Steering Group

Full Members

  • Nottingham College

  • Nottingham City Council Employment & Skills

  • Nottinghamshire County Council Adult and Community Learning Service

  • Futures Advice, Skills & Employment Ltd


  • Notts Refugee Forum

Other Partners

We work with many staff and volunteers at many organisations to help people attend ESOL, Functional Skills English & Maths, including:

Learning providers who offer a huge variety of courses & other types of learning:

  • Nottingham College

  • Catch-22 for young people

  • Community organisations who run formal courses at local venues


  • 26 Informal Language & Conversation Groups - at churches, libraries, community centres & other venues

  • Private language schools, who sometimes give learners the chance to improve English with their trainee teachers

  • Read Easy volunteers who help people 1:1 with reading practice

Referring organisations who tell us about people who want ESOL, Maths or English & help us to track their changing needs - far too many to list here - but including:

  • Nottingham College advice & support teams

  • Nottingham & Notts Refugee Forum

  • Futures Advice, Skills & Employment Ltd

  • Local Authority teams

  • Housing providers

  • Schools

  • Health workers

  • Children's Centres

  • Churches ...

New Partners very welcome!

We want to work with as many organisations as we can to help local people attend ESOL, or Functional Skills Maths & English. If you'd like to work with us - please just contact us:

0115 978 0942 / / . .