Reporter 426, 2 November 1998

Learners go to top of the class

A partnership between the University and UNISON providing education for staff with few or no qualifications has been praised by Lifelong Learning Minister George Mudie MP.

Mr Mudie said the ‘Return to Learn’ scheme was an imaginative and vital component in the creation of a learning society – and should be followed by others.

The scheme at Leeds was the first in the UK involving a university, and won the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education adult learners’ week award.

Mr Mudie, a former Leeds City Council leader now representing Leeds East, spoke of a moral and economic obligation to help people reach their potential by reducing the number of those lacking basic skills in literacy, numeracy and communication. “Only half of those people with poor literacy skills actually have a job,” he said. Effective partnerships between higher and further education were crucial, he added.

Return to Learn is to be repeated; for more information, contact Debbie Greenwood on ext 4098.

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