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The Learning Place, in North End, are celebrating their apprentices and adult learners with a special event. The apprentices and their employers were given numerous fun challenges to complete from cooking to gardening.

A time capsule of messages for the future from the apprentices was also buried in the renewed garden that was created on the day. The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth and the Lady Mayoress, Councillor Canon Dr Hugh Mason and Miss Marie Costa with Deputy Leader Councillor Suzy Horton attended the event.

Cllr Suzy Horton Cabinet Member for Children, Families & Education said

“The idea is to celebrate the apprentices that have been supported at The Learning Place over the last year. This fun day allows them to come together with their employers to try out new challenges, to build confidence and help them move forward into employment.”

The Learning Place, run by Portsmouth City Council Community Learning Service, was recently awarded a “good” rating by Ofsted. The centre offers adult learning courses and apprenticeship standards in:

  • Teaching Assistant Level 3
  • Team Leader Level 3
  • Business Admin Level 3
  • Customer Service Level 2 and 3
  • Health and Social Care Level 2,3,4 and 5

This year The Learning Place has supported 74 Apprentices and 965 adult learners. The council’s Community Learning Service offers adult learning courses based around community and family learning as well as courses in English, mathematics and English for speakers of other languages.

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