Learning Centre's VIP visit
Barking Learning Centre has marked its first birthday with a special visitor. John Denham MP, secretary of state for innovation universities and skills.
The learning centre houses a library, one stop shop for council services.
There's also a cafe and gallery. The idea behind it is to make learning as accessible as possible, and there are a number of courses and training sessions available.
Mr Denham was joined by Barking & Dagenham’s mayor Emmanuel Obasohan, who gave him a guided tour.
He also met with students and unveiled a plaque.
Leader of the council Charles Fairbrass spoke of what an honour the visit was:
"I am delighted to welcome the secretary of state, the Rt Hon John Denham MP to the official opening of the Barking Learning Centre, a service of which we are extremely proud.”
He continued: “Barking Learning Centre provides learning opportunities from basic skills through to further and higher education, specialising in education and skills development for public sector workers."
That was a message echoed by Dr Shani Gbaja, Head of UEL Extra, who are partners in the centre said: "We welcome the Minister to witness first hand how UEL is responding to the agenda of widening participation and enabling mature students to balance study with work and other commitments."
last updated: 13/06/2008 at 11:01