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Learning centre launched at Liverpool Arena site

Construction workers building Liverpool's Arena and Convention Centre can now access a range of training courses at the site's own learning centre.

The centre, at the Kings Waterfront site, is the result of six months of teamwork between workplace training organisation unionlearn, the union UCATT, Liverpool Community College, Bovis Lend-Lease and CITC, the national construction skills body.

It offers courses in IT, literacy and numeracy and ESOL (English as a Second Language for Overseas Learners), with drop-in sessions also being held for anyone wanting to find out more.

Dave Eva, unionlearn regional manager, said: "What is happening at the Kings Waterfront is exciting for the city and for the opportunities it is now providing for the workers to help improve their skills and their chances of finding future work.

"Credit must be given to all the parties involved in the learning centre, which is of great value to so many people who are working on the site."

UCATT's national project worker Steve Craig said: "Construction sites have never been a typical learning environment. If construction staff wanted access to learning and training they had to go off-site to colleges, which brought problems regarding the men being released from work.

"We decided to change this by creating learning centres on each major construction site. It is about creating a culture of access to learning."

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