learning centre closure - 'Many courses will be saved'
Skills & Learning has said this week that it is making 'good
progress' on moving some of its courses to other external venues
before its learning centre in Burnham-On-Sea closes later this month.
first reported last week that Burnham-On-Sea's
adult learning centre is closing this month due to government
Baker, Director of Curriculum at SS&L, told Burnham-On-Sea.com
this week that they are finalising negotiations with Burnham-On-Sea
Library and The Princess Theatre as locations to deliver their classes.
delighted that these two venues have agreed to host our courses
and we are now finalising plans to deliver our English classes in
the Library and our Maths classes at the Princess Theatre,"
suffered a major government funding cut in the Autumn, which meant
a significant restructure for the organisation, including centre
closures and redundancies.
are currently in negotiations across all areas where we have had
to close our own centres to work with external venues to continue
to deliver our courses and apprenticeship training," she added.
Somerset Libraries have been particularly supportive and we are
utilising several of their locations to run our classes and this
is proving to be a great partnership," Kathryn explained.
continued: "We have been overwhelmed with the support from
local communities who have benefited from our training and education."
are doing our best to ensure we can continue to provide them with
opportunities to gain qualifications in maths, English, Childcare,
Support Teaching, Health & Social Care and computing and digital
continues to operate out of their own centres in Bridgwater, Wells,
Wellington, Yeovil and Frome with external venues in Burnham-On-Sea,
Ilminster, Chard, Minehead and Taunton currently being finalised.
and Highbridge Town Clerk Tatiana Cant told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"The Town Council is disappointed that the reduction in funding
for SS&L has meant that it will no longer be possible to run
some courses at this particular centre."
pleased to be able to help by offering some space at our Princess
Theatre and Arts Centre. The newly refurbished facilities in the
Town Council offices in the Old Courthouse, Jaycroft Road are also
available for delivering courses."