Butlins visitors can brush up skills on holiday

A
new learning centre at a Butlins resort will help holiday-makers gain
certificates and improve their job prospects.

Minister
for Skills and Vocational Education Ivan Lewis has opened the first Butlins
educational centre at Skegness. It is designed to help people get more out of
their holiday and find an enjoyable route back into learning.

People
will be able to achieve a national certificate in literacy and numeracy up to
GCSE level. The courses are developed and supplied by learndirect, which has
more than 2,000 learning centres around the country. Modern Apprentices will be
able to use the centre to ensure they achieve the key skills required for their
work-based training.

Butlins
staff will also have access to free training time, and so will local parents
and children in quieter times.

"Many
people have key skills gaps that can be quickly closed with a little booster
work," said Lewis.

"Thousands
of people a week will now have access to computers and support staff from local
colleges at Butlins. They will have free educational advice and will be able to
have fun learning new skills while on holiday."

By Quentin Reade

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