Suffolk: Chamber of Commerce Training Advice Point joins forces with Leap learning support project

Dee Crowe of Suffolk Chamber with Miles Cole of Leap.

Dee Crowe of Suffolk Chamber with Miles Cole of Leap. - Credit: Archant

A single point of access to information on adult learning and training in Suffolk is to be created through the merger of two organisations based within the county.

Leap, which has 13 learning centres across Suffolk and has been providing fee advice to adults on education and careers for the last six years, has joined forces with the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce Training Advice Point website which helps individuals, start-up businesses and entrepreneurs.

Between them, the two organisations hold information on around 6,000 courses from more than 400 training providers and it is hoped that by merging the two websites into a new, more comprehensive, facility they can help more Suffolk people to improve their skills and find work.

Miles Cole, Leap project manager, said: “There is a lot of support available throughout Suffolk for people who are out of work or who feel they could increase their job prospects by boosting their skills. Until now this has been un-coordinated, but with this new website, everything will all be in one place and easily accessible by all.”

John Dugmore, chief executive of Suffolk Chamber, added: “Businesses in Suffolk are working harder than ever and despite the economic outlook improving it is a vital time for firms across our county.

“A skilled workforce and skilled employees are vital for business growth. By joining together with Leap, Suffolk Chamber has created an excellent new facility to ensure skills are at the heart of our economy in the future. We’ll be working closely and in partnership with local employers to ensure they are aware and take an active part in this programme.”

Beside the 13 Leap learning centres, there are nearly 100 ‘Leap Points’ across Suffolk, based mainly in libraries and children’s centres, where people can access information and find out about learning opportunities.