Adult learning and skills in Rutland have been given a boost with the opening of a brand new education centre at Oakham Enterprise Park.
Rutland Adult Learning and Skills Service began moving to the Enterprise Park on Ashwell Road in late 2014 but marked its official opening with a special ceremony on Thursday last week.
The service is a partnership between Rutland County Council and Peterborough Regional College, providing opportunities for adults to improve their skills through a wide range of academic and vocational courses. The partnership also offers a variety of apprenticeships for both young people and adults.
As well as fully refurbished classrooms equipped with the latest interactive learning technology, students attending courses at the new centre can make use of a purpose-built cafeteria, high-speed Wi-Fi and recreational space.
Qualifications gained through adult learning play an important role in seeking employment and it is hoped the move to the enterprise park will also help to develop links between students and companies based at the site.
The new centre was officially opened by Miles Williamson Noble, the High Sheriff of Rutland, and Helen Briggs, the council’s chief executive, ahead of a networking session and key note speech from Penny Power.
Portfolio holder for education at Rutland County Council Kenneth Bool (Con) said: “Adult learning delivers a fantastic range of courses that help people improve skills, get qualifications and prepare for employment. The new facilities at Oakham Enterprise Park will provide a hub for adult learning throughout the County and cater for a growing number of students with state-of-the-art classrooms and ample free parking.”
While about 40 per cent of people using the service live in Oakham, more than 500 people from across the county and beyond accessed the service last year.
Michael Daymond, 33, from Oakham, has been a student since 2010 and is currently studying first steps English. He recently began a full-time job in Melton Mowbray and feels the service has played an important role in helping him find work.
He said: “I’m much more confident when spelling or doing write-ups and my reading has also improved. I’m really enjoying learning.”
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