Learning Shops give free IT training with Objective One help

A project to bring about long-term improvements in Cornwall’s IT skills has been awarded over £770,000 in European funding through Objective One.

Cornwall College will provide the training through its Learning Shops at Bodmin, Camborne, Helston and Redruth. The Learning Shops will run free, three to six-hour “taster” sessions, which it is hoped will lead to those attending going on to longer courses leading to recognised qualifications.

The project aims to give training to 2,850 people in total – with an emphasis on training women – as well as targeting 750 unemployed women and 400 unemployed men.

Dr Alan Stanhope, Principal of Cornwall College and co-chair of the Objective One programme’s Learning & Skills Task Force, said: “Computers and Information Technology will play a large role in the future of Cornwall. We are pleased to be able to offer free training to everyone to raise the skills for the population as a whole. Computers are now for everyone not just IT ‘anoraks’ (enthusiasts).”

The scheme is designed to be flexible, with the Learning Shops open from 9am to 9pm weekdays and from 9am to 5pm on Saturdays in order to be accessible to as many people as possible. A variety of training at different levels, supported by a manual and a tutor and administrator will also be provided.

The Learning Shops project will be a significant addition to the Objective One programme by helping to meet the target of enabling young people and adults to continue to develop their knowledge and skills throughout their lives.

Anyone wanting more information about the training on offer should get in touch with Christine Walker at Cornwall College on 01209 611611.


Editors notes:


The Learning Shops project was recommended for approval at the Working Group meeting on 28th September. The project has been awarded £773,215 in ESF grants against a total project cost of £1,718,257 over the next three years.


Jason Clark
Communications Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel:01872 241379
Fax:01872 241388