Innovative 16-19 Centre to be built in Flintshire

November 22, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Education News
The Flintshire 14 - 19 Learning Pathways Network have successfully teamed up with Deeside College to secure a £500,000 Welsh Assembly Government grant to build a shared, purpose built Learning Resources Centre at the college's main site in Connah's Quay.

The main aim of the centre, the construction of which is being overseen by Deeside College, is to promote extended learning opportunities to all post 16 students in schools and colleges across Flintshire. Once constructed, the centre will look to ensure that every 16 - 19 year old in the Flintshire area has the opportunity to engage in a learning programme or activity which aids their personal development.

In addition to this, the centre will promote shared training and professional development between schools and colleges, focussing on improving the teaching and learning provision for 14 - 19 year olds across Flintshire. This will further enhance the collaboration which has been developed between Secondary Schools in Flintshire, the Welsh College of Horticulture, private training providers and Deeside College. It is also hoped that the project will provide students with access to the shared Flintshire E-Learning Zone and other e-learning opportunities that could lead to interactive ways of delivering learning core subjects including Entrepreneurship and Basic and Key Skills.

The building of the new centre will commence in late October 2007, with the centre opening its doors to students in May 2008.

Deeside College Partnership Manager - Young People and Learning Pathways, Joe Phillips, said, "This is a unique project for Wales, and highlights the collaboration between the Flintshire Local Education Authority, local high schools, colleges, other training providers, and Deeside College's innovative approach to learning."

For further information, please contact:
Sally Ann Wilkinson, Marketing Manager or Owain Roberts, Marketing Coordinator. Deeside College Tel: 01244 834531