New Learning Centre in Bridgwater provides a golden opportunity to develop skills

Olympic Gold Medallist Sally Gunnell was in Bridgwater last month to open a new Union Learning Fund (ULF) project supported learning centre.

Sedgemoor District Council has teamed up with partners including the joint union ULF project, EDF Energy, Jobcentre Plus, training provider Inspire to Achieve and the social enterprise Pluss, which supports people with disabilities and other disadvantages to move into employment, to open a new ‘neutral’ learning centre, Under Construction.

The learning centre opened in the historic Lions House in the centre of Bridgwater and will be delivering a range of employment and training opportunities to people who are currently unemployed or under employed or already in work, including informal English as a foreign language (TEFL) classes, and help with CV writing and interview skills. The programme available will also include support for those with literacy, numeracy and IT needs, support with work skills and other opportunities for disadvantaged learners within the community.

New hotels, housing projects and businesses are opening in the town and Under Construction will also be looking to host recruitment events with local employers.

The “Under Construction” Learning Centre will provide a one-stop shop for training and employment support. There will be a range of help and advice available for those furthers from the labour market through to people already in work. 

EDF have funded the three-year lease for the centre and the ULF project contribution has also been of considerable help.

David Eccles, EDF Energy’s Head of Stakeholder Engagement for Hinkley Point C said:

It is vital that we play our part in equipping local people with the skills they need to secure jobs and to enable local businesses to thrive by having a suitably qualified workforce.

This centre and our new prospectus will provide a one-stop shop for a range of employment opportunities, including those at Hinkley Point C, and I am thrilled we are able to support it."

Retired Team GB Olympian Sally said: 

This centre is such a great idea and will provide much valued practical help and advice to people wanting to get into the workplace.

I am very passionate about health and wellbeing issues of employees and its inspiring to visit a centre like this that supports such individuals. I truly believe that small changes, consistently made, really do make a difference."