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Birthday for Barking Learning Centre

PUBLISHED: 13:11 24 June 2008 | UPDATED: 10:18 11 August 2010

BARKING Learning Centre celebrated its official opening and its first birthday all rolled into one with a special visit from a government minister. Last Wednesday (June 10) saw John Denham MP, secretary of state for Innovation, Universities and Skills, v

BARKING Learning Centre celebrated its official opening and its first birthday all rolled into one with a special visit from a government minister.

Last Wednesday (June 10) saw John Denham MP, secretary of state for Innovation, Universities and Skills, visit the centre to witness the services it provides and the achievements being made.

Also present at the ceremony was leader of the council, Councillor Charles Fairbrass, who said: "I am delighted to welcome the secretary of state to the official opening of the Barking Learning Centre (BLC), a service of which we are extremely proud.

"BLC provides learning opportunities from basic skills through to further and higher education, specialising in education and skills development for public sector workers."

Barking Learning Centre, which actually opened in June last year, also houses Barking's Central Library, a One Stop Shop for Council Services, a gallery and a conference suite.

During his visit, Mr Denham was greeted by the new major, Emmanuel Obasohan, and was given a guided tour of the facility where he met with students before unveiling a plaque to commemorate his visit.

Dr Shani Gbaja, Head of UEL Extra, 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 commitments.

"The University of East London (UEL) runs a wide range of courses at the BLC, ranging from taster days and short courses to foundation degrees and career development programmes.


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