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Learndirect launches skills event

Learndirect launches skills event

Online learning provider Learndirect has launched a weeklong event to help break down barriers that prevent people from learning new skills. 

The group launched 'Make it Count Week' in response to Prime Minister David Cameron's announcement that the “jobless must gain useful skills in order to continue receiving welfare payments”. 

Make It Count Week aims to encourage 10,000 people to sign-up for learning to get the new skills and qualifications they need to improve their job prospects. 

Sarah Jones, CEO of Learndirect, said: "Skills are fundamental to sustainable employment and Learndirect welcomes the focus on getting people back into work. 

“For over ten years Learndirect has provided an alternative to the classroom with online learning, either at home or in a local centre, which has been particularly appealing to people with a range of barriers to learning and employment.” 

‘Make it Count Week’ will have support from private and public sector organisations including the National Apprenticeship Service, totaljobs and Centrepoint. 

Learndirect has also commissioned 'The Work Confident Report', which exposes the work challenges and confidence crisis faced by Britain's unemployed and employed job seekers. 

The research revealed a lack of confidence among unemployed people about their chances of finding a job in the current economic climate. 

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