Hinton House launches Union Learning Centre

THE UNION Learning Centre at Hinton House, Risley has been formally opened by guest of honour Helen Jones MP for Warrington North and Barry Snelson, Managing Director of Sellafield Ltd.

The ceremony was attended by representatives from the Trade Unions, International Nuclear Services and Sellafield Ltd. Following the opening guests had the opportunity to chat with some of the students that have already taken up the opportunity to enrol on some of the courses.

Barry Snelson said: “We, as a management, and I personally, have always enthusiastically encouraged personal development and self-improvement. We fully support this trade union led initiative and are pleased to see this new learning centre which will offer many of our employees a whole raft of new opportunities and challenges.”

Helen Jones MP said: “Learning at work is vitally important. It allows people who could not get to a college to access learning and lets them study alongside their colleagues.”

One of the key features on offer is the European Computer Driving Licence, a recognised qualification for computer skills throughout Europe. Employees can take courses in a huge range of both fundamental and advanced business applications, after which they receive a passport-style document to log their progress.

Union Learning Centre manager, David Riley, said: “We are proud to be opening a link Union Learning Centre at Risley. This has been achieved with working in true partnership with the company, TUC and the Government. The centre will have the support from Union Learning Reps at Risley and support from the main centre at Sellafield. We look forward to helping and giving more people the opportunity to learn.”

There has already been a large amount of interest in the Union Learning Centre, with some courses already underway in response to this demand.

Learning Centre Opening
LEARNING AT WORK: John Clarke, MD, International Nuclear Services, (left) and Helen Jones, MP discuss learning centre opportunities with Barbara Greenfield from Infrastructure Projects.