Learn Direct success for Alliance Learning & the Leigh Community
3rd October 2013
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Alliance Learning, one of the leading independent training providers in the North West, has successfully secured a Learn Direct contract for the next 12 months thanks to the help and support of Andy Burnham, MP for Leigh since 2001.

The much-coveted contract enables Alliance Learning to continue serving the people of Leigh and the surrounding area with essential skills such as Maths, English and IT, in addition to a range of employability skills to help them get back into the workplace.

The contract was formally secured at a meeting at the Leigh Centre on Friday 13th September, attended by the MP for Leigh, Alliance Learning staff, learners, and a representative from Learn Direct. Alliance Learning Chief Executive, Julie Robinson, said on the day, "This is fantastic news for both Alliance Learning and the local community. I would personally like to thank both Learn Direct and Mr Burnham for their support in securing this important contract and saving the Alliance Learning centre here in Leigh from potential closure."

Andy Burnham, Shadow Secretary for Health since 2011 as well as current local constituency MP, thanked all the staff at Learn Direct and Alliance Learning and stated, "This centre is much needed by the people of Leigh and Iâm pleased and proud to have had a small part in its continuing success."

Head of Learn Direct, Jeff Greenidge, talked about the importance of the service to the community saying, "This is vitally important to Leigh and we will all do our level best to maintain this great service."

Alliance Learning has a long history of local training successes. Maria Holding, a former learner, attended the meeting. She undertook Literacy, Numeracy and ECDL Level 1 & 2 in all areas, and talked in glowing terms about the centre. "The staff are very helpful and supportive,â she said, âand always willing to help students build up new skills as well as confidence."

Alliance Learning currently has courses available now in Math's, English and IT at various levels.

If you would like further information please contact our Leigh Centre today on 01942 605252 or email info@alliancelearning.com

For further information please contact either:

John Hyland
Ainsworth and Parkinson
Tel: 01772 770770
Email: j.hyland@thinkap.com


Chloe Ramsden
Alliance Learning
Tel: 01204 696744
Email: Chloe.Ramsden@alliancelearning.com

Alliance Learning is one of the North West's largest independent training providers. The head office is based on the Horwich Loco Estate. The organisation specialises in the recruitment and training of young people through the delivery of Government funded apprenticeship programmes across a range of occupational areas. Alliance Learning also operates a commercial division, offering a diverse range of training courses to various industry sectors and individuals. E-learning provision for adults is available through its Learndirect centre in Leigh. More information on them here

learndirect is the UK's largest provider of skills, training and employment services who have helped around 4 million people gain the skills needed for work. They help people kick-start their career with:

  • Qualifications in everyday skills like Maths, English and IT
  • Vocational qualifications and Apprenticeships in lots of industries 
  • Higher-level professional qualifications 
  • Short courses in subjects from software packages to languages.
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