Luton Learning Centre annual awards

Tuesday 9 December 2014

At the Luton Learning Centre annual awards ceremony a large selection of 500 learners, who have achieved nationally-recognised qualifications, were presented with their certificates by the Mayor of Luton Cllr Mohammed Farooq.

This cohort of 500 brings to 9,000 the total of people who have advanced their skills in IT and more since the Luton Learning Centre was opened in April 2001 by Bedford College.

Bedford College has four learning centres in Luton, Bedford, Rushden and Milton Keynes. Established to help people upgrade their IT skills, the centres now offer a range of additional courses which link directly into employment such as those to become a teaching assistant, bookkeeper, or work in catering or social care.

One winner has been Angela Marshall who at 51 has been offered a job with a care company after looking after family members. She needed to translate her experience into professional qualifications. Having completed IT courses she also passed others in “preparing to work in social care” and Health & Safety in catering. “I left school at 17 and haven’t studied since but found the Learning Centre very helpful. I’m loving it.”

Angela was nominated for an award at the main Bedford College Achievements Ceremony on November 20th held in Bedford Corn Exchange. She was one of the few who were put forward from 16,000 students from across three counties.

Dave Pridmore, Deputy Chief Executive of Bedford College said he was happy to see so many parents collecting their awards and being applauded by their children. As he lived in Luton members of his family had studied at the Luton Learning Centre so he could personally vouch for the value of the studies.

Kevin Clohessy won the free prize draw for a Kindle Fire.

The Luton event was held on Tuesday November 11th.