Top of the class…….the students at the special Awards Ceremony

MORE students have received a helping hand from a trail-blazing course designed to get them into work.

The 12th “Learning Works” course – created jointly by Glasgow Kelvin College and Thenue Housing – has now been completed.

A special “Celebration of Learning” event took place in Dennistoun in Glasgow’s east end this week.

It is the first time this part of the east end has benefited from the course bringing the opportunity to learn to a whole new range of students.

The course was delivered at the Reidvale Neighbourhood Centre which shares a building with Reidvale Housing Association.    

Learning Works is designed to equip those taking part with skills which will make them more appealing to potential employers. Eight people received Certificates at the “Celebration of Learning” event.

The free course is aimed at unemployed people in the east end and is supported financially by the regeneration agency Clyde Gateway. Students learn computer skills, health and wellbeing, personal development, communications, numeracy and literacy.

Just over a year ago it was announced that an additional funding was secured from Big Lottery Fund Scotland to allow Learning Works to continue over and above its original funding.

Lawrence McCabe, Community Regeneration Manager for Thenue Housing, praised the funders saying that current supporters Big Lottery Scotland and Clyde Gateway were helping to make employment possible for those taking part.

Lawrence said: “Without this kind of financial support we simply would not be able to help so many people who have benefited from Learning Works and we remain very grateful to them for their support. We congratulate those completing the course on their magnificent achievement.”

Learning Works has been a remarkable success with almost 120 people from the east end being helped since its launch in February 2012.

Charlie Turner, Chief Executive of Thenue Housing said: “The partnership between Glasgow Kelvin College and Thenue Housing is delivering real benefits to long-term unemployed people who want to get back into work. The course is making a big difference by providing the opportunity to learn new skills which employers are looking for in potential employees.”

Linda Scott, Acting Director of Reidvale Housing Association praised the initiative. Linda added: “We are impressed with the enthusiasm from those taking part and the great interest this course has generated locally.”

Alan Inglis, Vice Principal for Curriculum at Glasgow Kelvin College, said: “We are delighted to once again help recognise the achievements of the students on this hugely worthwhile programme.  The success of the ‘Learning Works’ groups underscores the value of partnership working and we are privileged to be part of this. 

“The crucial role of community–based learning in addressing access to learning and qualifications is highlighted by the continuing success of the programme and congratulations go to all the learners in their achievements, as well as to the staff who have supported them on their journey.  Our thanks go out to Clyde Gateway and the Big Lottery Fund for supporting the programme.  Most importantly, our thanks go to Thenue Housing Association for their continued trust and confidence and we look forward to continuing our partnership in the future.”