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Merseylearn learning centre wins national award

The Merseylearn learndirect centre is celebrating its success after winning a national learndirect Achievement Award.

The centre was launched by Merseyside transport business, Merseytravel, to support staff looking to develop their skills.

Merseylearn was recognised from over 1,700 nominations made nationwide to win the Working with Employers Award, which recognises learndirect learning centres who work with local businesses to support learners.

On receiving the award, Merseylearn representative Phil Kelly commented: "We are absolutely thrilled to hear our name called out as the winners. Merseytravel know that they are only as good as the people they employ, so it is vitally important that they invest in their staff.

"We would like to dedicate this award to all the fantastic learners we have had through our doors and would like to thank the union learning reps who have supported and encouraged their colleagues to keep on learning."

With the help of Merseylearn, over 160 Merseytravel staff have achieved an NVQ and 50% of staff have used learndirect to return to learning. The centre offers training 24 hours a day to accommodate shift workers and can help learners brush up on their basic skills, develop their IT or complete an NVQ.

Mangers at Merseytravel worked with five different trade unions and the TUC to set up and implement learning and development programmes across the company.

TV presenter Philippa Forrester, who hosted the Achievement Awards national ceremony at the Globe Theatre in London, said: "I would like to congratulate all of the Achievement Award winners, they have all shown real determination to succeed and are an inspiration to anyone thinking of returning to learning.

"I have first-hand experience of studying as an adult myself, so I know how difficult it can be to juggle family life and a full time job with completing a qualification. All of the learndirect achievers are real stars and I am sure they will go on to even bigger and better things in the future!"

Sarah Jones, chief executive of Ufi, said: "I am so proud of all of the national Achievement Award winners. They are an inspiration to millions of learners across England and their commitment to developing their skills and qualifications truly deserves celebrating. To each of them I offer my congratulations on their success and wish them the best of luck in the future."

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