April 11, 2006 11:14 ET

Amicus celebrates a fresh lifelong learning opportunity

LONDON, ENGLAND--(CCNMatthews - April 11, 2006) - Amicus is celebrating the launch (Wednesday 12th April) of a fresh lifelong learning opportunity at a new onsite learning centre at printing company Elanders Hindson's Newcastle site. Funded by TUC Learning, the funds will cover the wages of Union Learning Reps for half a day each week to develop lifelong learning.

This event will mark the first onsite training course for employees including IT courses which will be delivered by the Workers Education Association. This course will also give an opportunity to workers to brush up on literacy and numeracy skills.

Amicus Regional Learning Organiser, Yvonne Ritchie, said:

"I am delighted with the success of the 'learning for all' bid at Elanders Hindson, which will see the company working in partnership with Amicus, TUC, WEA, and Proskills, Sector Skills Council for the print sector. This project will enable a company in the North East, where print training opportunities are scarce, to work directly with Proskills and help inform their national strategy.

"Elanders Hindson are signed up to the BPIF agreement, the national employers' federation for print. Amicus and the BPIF have recently launched their own joint workplace initiative to encourage employers to commit to skills training in the print sector. I very much welcome the golden opportunity this will present to employees and the company."

Local Labour MP for Tynemouth, Alan Campbell, who was also at the launch said:

"It is so good to see the growing number of employers like Elanders Hindson keen to work in partnership with unions to support skills training for their workforce.

"I know the Elanders Learning Zone will bring many opportunities for employees, their family and friends to explore new interests and discover the joys of lifelong learning."


Notes to editors:

Elanders Hindson - Press/Photo opportunity
Wednesday 12th April 2006
Start Time: 9.30
Finish Time: 10.30

Elanders Hindson Ltd
New York Way
New York Industrial Park
North Shields, Tyne & Wear
NE27 0QF
Elanders Hindson is a print company and part of a Swedish group.
Their main product is the Key Skills books for primary and secondary education.

Alan Campbell MP - Tynemouth Constituency
Jim Telford - National Project Manager for Amicus Lifelong Learning Project
Faye Bull - Proskills Regional Manager
Diana Mahood - Workers Education Association (WEA)
Joe McGuigan - TUC Northern Region
Yvonne Ritchie - Amicus Regional Learning Organiser
Union Learner Reps - Joe Brophy and Michael Boynton
Elanders Hindson Rep - Paul Jakes, Financial Director

Contact Information

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    Yvonne Ritchie
    07980 875397
    Amicus press office
    Ashraf Choudhury
    020 7420 8914