Link into Learning gets Objective One funding to help overcome disadvantage
An Objective One project to overcome disadvantage and improve social inclusion by offering free IT training to people with basic skills needs has just been launched.
The SEAL project – Spreading Essential Adult Learning – is to get a grant of over £447,000 from the European Social Fund to pay for the project over the next three years. Match funding has come from the Government’s UK Online programme and the National Lottery New Opportunities Fund.
The project, which in total will cost nearly £885,000, has been developed by Link-into-Learning to help people with basic skills needs add to their abilities and encourage them into lifelong learning.
Target groups for the project will be people disadvantaged by poor basic skills; those living in deprived rural areas with transport and other problems; people with learning, physical and/or sensory disabilities, mental ill health; and ex-offenders and substance abusers.
Over the next three years, the project aims to help 750 people across Cornwall improve their basic computer skills to a level whereby they can then access wider learning activities.
Work has already begun on the project at Link-into-Learning centres across Cornwall. Project managers, Grace Keat and Vicky Wood said they had been encouraged by the initial response.
Grace said: “Students are welcoming the opportunity to combine an introduction to computers with building their basic English and maths skills and working towards their job goal. And, of course, it's absolutely free and students can decide a pattern of attendance that suits them.”
In addition to working through 20 Link-into-Learning’s centres, the project will also establish three new centres within local community organisations and develop outreach work to help ‘at risk’ groups and basic-grade employees.
For further information about the project, please contact your local Link-into-Learning on 01726 816550. For more details about Objective One, call the programme’s Helpline on 0800 028 0120 or visit the website www.objectiveone.com.
For further information
Grace Keat, Vice Principal
Link-into-Learning, Head Office, St Austell
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD