ON COURSE: MP at­tends of­fi­cial open­ing of study cen­tre

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THE num­ber of peo­ple sign­ing up to ac­quire new skills at the Learn Di­rect cen­tre in Ash­ford is on the in­crease. And to find out for him­self about the cen­tre’s suc­cess, the town’s MP Damian Green vis­ited stu­dents and staff on Fri­day at its of­fi­cial open­ing in Park Mall shop­ping cen­tre. He was told by man­ager Lee Fowler that since open­ing last Oc­to­ber, stu­dent num­bers had in­creased from five a week to a cur­rent weekly to­tal of 100. The cen­tre has 10 com­puter work­sta­tions, en­abling learn­ers to ben­e­fit from more than 500 on­line cour­ses. Back­ing them up on site are three tu­tors at any one time. “Many of the fees are fully funded or very heav­ily sub­sidised by Gov­ern­ment,” said Mr Fowler. “I’m de­lighted with the in­ter­est be­ing shown in Ash­ford. The rep­u­ta­tion of the place has just grown.” Mr Green com­mented: “It’s so im­por­tant for peo­ple to learn at their own pace and this cen­tre pro­vides that op­por­tu­nity. “I think that the jobs that will come to Ash­ford will re­quire many skills like IT and the op­por­tu­ni­ties to learn are es­sen­tial.” Pupils at the cen­tre are helped with a wide range of sub­jects, in­clud­ing ba­sic maths and English, com­puter skills, house­hold bud­gets, job ap­pli­ca­tions and in­ter­views.

Pic­ture by Danny Rhodes pd1164704

Caro­line Coke, per­sonal tu­tor for Learn Di­rect with Damian Green

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