A NEW centre offering adult learning courses has opened in Stamford.
Learning Works has opened in Belton Street, Stamford, to offer fully-funded Learndirect courses to people over the age of 19 in numeracy, literacy and IT.
The centre also offers a range of vocational and commercial training for people who are unemployed, including business administration, customer service, security, land-based skills, food safety and work experience placements.
The centre has links with the Job Centre and the National Careers Service.
Managing director of Learning Works in East Anglia, Colin Stevens, said: “We opened in Stamford to support the Job Centre, which highlighted the need for a centre of this type.
“The numeracy and literacy courses are not just for the unemployed. They are for anyone who feels they would like to improve their skills and if people are unemployed, they can get access to other courses. They are all delivered online in bitesize chunks.
“It is going really well so far. Already we have 12 people doing courses, who all came to us through referrals and as a company we have about 1,000 learners.”
New College Stamford has also backed the centre opening.
Head of employability operations at the college Kevin Ayton said: “We have been pushing for a Learndirect centre for a long time because there has been no provision at all for adult learners so this is fantastic.”
The centre has two full-time tutors as well as the option to bring in tutors for specific courses.
Dr Stevens said he was also hoping to open an outreach service in Wake House in Bourne for one day a week.