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Monday 6 January 2014

Bedford College Learning Centres are helping train people into jobs waiting to be filled by employers who require IT-skilled staff.

Today 9 out of 10 jobs involve using computers in some shape or form. Many people who left school without IT qualifications now find they struggle to keep up with new technology in the workplace.

The Learning Centres at Milton Keynes, Bedford, Luton and Rushden have helped 1,000s into worthwhile jobs or up the promotional ladder with free or cost effective IT courses.

Open up to 6 days a week and late nights, the centres are in easy to reach venues and offer a friendly welcome to those who are complete newcomers to IT, or are self-taught. People can work at their own pace and at times that suit home and work commitments, towards certificates which employers will recognise in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Publisher, as well as using the Internet and Email. Additional courses in Sage accounting and other skills are being added to the range to keep up with demand.

Milton Keynes, 401-420 Silbury Court East, Silbury Boulevard MK9 2AF, celebrated its first anniversary at the end of 2013 having welcomed 400 learners.

Bedford, High Street, has trained 10,000 since opening in Year 2000 – it has trained more people in IT than any other centre in Bedford.

Rushden, Rectory Road NN10 OPW, was recently applauded by the Mayor for training people into new jobs which are becoming available in Northamptonshire.

Luton, now in its third location of Castle Street, has seen 8,500 pass through its doors since opening in 2001. Like other Learning Centres, it works closely with local councils and other agencies to encourage “employability” skills among those who attend.

Sharon Chinneck, the Bedford College Director responsible for the Learning Centres said: “They welcome in people who have a variety of educational and employment backgrounds. But what they all have in common is they want to improve their IT skills. They can learn at their own pace around their home or work life and obtain those vital qualifications which will help them further their career prospects.”

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