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Manchester “Quality and Skills Day” Celebrates Achievements of Basic Skills Professional

The North-West Skills for Life Professional Development Project will hold a Quality and Skills Day in Manchester today. The event will celebrate the project’s achievements over the last two years and see the launch of several new initiatives.

The project was set up to support the development and training of adult basic skills tutors and support workers. Basic skills tutors work right across the FE sector to combat low levels of literacy, numeracy and language competence in adult learners.

The Learning and Skills Development Agency (LSDA) run the North West project in partnership with the North West Development Agency and the Learning and Skills Council. It forms part of the government’s Skills for Life initiative.

The Breadth of Qualifications

Nearly 1,000 people have already achieved professional qualifications through the project, and a further 1000 are part of the way through courses. Some are experienced teachers seeking a specialised qualification in adult basic skills; others are vocational trainers working in areas such as hairdressing, IT, construction, or travel and tourism.

The Quality and Skills Day in Manchester will feature platform speakers, conference sessions, and workshops. A new website (containing training materials, a new skills profiling system, a discussion forum, and information about courses) will also be unveiled. It can be found at

Joe Paget

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