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Internal News - 18 July 2008

Learning programme pilot to launch in Swindon

Advance, a new learning club, has been set up to provide educational support to workers in Wiltshire. It will be launched on 24 July at New College, Swindon by the University in association with unionlearn South West and the Wiltshire Trade Union Studies Centre.

The club will consist of a modular programme of learning designed as a flexible option for those looking to bridge any gaps in learning and skills, with a view to moving onto a higher level of study.

The programme aims to raise awareness of higher education options for those in employment and to develop their skill levels sufficiently to enter higher education.

The modules will consist of various units of study, including IT and communication skills, assignment and report writing, research and presentations.

Participants may work through the modules on an individual basis or with tutor support as appropriate. Individuals will be rewarded with an accreditation if they complete the programme.

The programme will be offered to union members via their workplace union learning representative.

The initiative is the result of a partnership between unionlearn South West, (the education division of the TUC), the University’s Division for Lifelong Learning and the Wiltshire Trade Union Studies Centre based at New College, Swindon.

It has been made possible through funding from Aimhigher...West Area Partnership, a project set up to promote higher education and to provide opportunities to everyone who can benefit from it.

For more information on the scheme, please contact Janet Lonsdale, (Widening Participation Officer, Work-based Learning), telephone 01225 388593, or see the link above.