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Art classes in the snug of the pub. Computing for the IT terrified in the stock room of the local shop and lessons in stick making at the village Post Office "“ Bob Harris has helped to arrange them all.

The Curriculum Manager with Durham County Council's Education in the Community Team has dedicated himself to take training to the most remote places in order to help rural folk develop the skills demanded in the modern workplace.

And the reward for his efforts is being named one of the North East's Adult Learning Inspectorate (ALI) Quality Champions.

This unique programme, developed by the ALI in partnership with the Chartered Management Institute and supported by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), recognises the personal efforts of individuals to raise standards both in their organisation and across the education and training sector.

The programme not only provides a structured approach to quality improvement activities but also a framework for personal development.

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Said Bob, who first became involved in training through his role with flat pack furniture giants, MFI: "It really opened my eyes to the difference training makes and the positive impact learning can have on the lives of everyone."

Chris Roberts, regional director, LSC North East, said: "Bob and his fellowchampions are great ambassadors for lifelong learning which is something that is becoming ever more important to individuals and organisations facing competition in increasingly global markets."

Bob is just one of 14 recently awarded ALI Quality Champions in the NorthEast. The others are:-

Mark Anderson from New College Durham

Brenda Parsonage from East Durham and Houghall Community College.

Vicki Adkins, working in the region for Intec Business Colleges

Colin Arkley from North Tyne Training

Jan Bayles from Tyne Metropolitan College

Paul Champion from Tyneside based B-Skill Ltd.

Maggie Heaps from Hartlepool Adult Education

Alison Hodgson from the Newcastle office of Support Training

Sandra Kenny from Gateshead Council

Mary Moody from Northumberland Training Agency

June Pirie, from Tees Valley based TTE Technical Training Group

Neil Robson from North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust

Susan Wheatley, who provides entry to employment (e2e) services inthe Tees Valley."

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