100 per cent pass rate for Environment Agency workers

6th July 2009 4:50pm - Return to press releases

A team of workers from the Environment Agency recently completed a literacy course at East Riding College with a 100 per cent pass rate.
The group of ten attended the 30-hour course at the St James Centre, in Hull, the home of the College's Trade Union Studies Centre. 
The course covered reading, spelling, punctuation and grammar skills and led to a nationally recognised qualification. 
All ten passed their level one adult literacy test and six passed their level two literacy test in just ten weeks.

The course was set up at the Trade Union Studies Centre by two UNISON learner representatives, Ian Robinson and Gary Barker, who both work for the Environment Agency. 
The course followed on from a computer course also held at the Trade Union Studies Centre and a further literacy course for another group of employees from the Environment Agency has just started.

Val Vincent, regional training and development business partner for the Environment Agency, said: "Working in partnership with trade union learning representatives and East Riding College has enabled the Yorkshire and North East region of the Environment Agency to achieve a huge success in encouraging our operations delivery staff to undertake literacy training. 
"These are excellent results and we look forward to extending these achievements to include numeracy training as well over the coming months." 

Hilary Doig, employer engagement skills for life co-ordinator at the College, said: "All learners on both courses have worked extremely hard and have achieved fantastic results in such a short time. 
"I'm sure this success will be repeated when they start their numeracy training."

Further information on similar courses to be held in the workplace or at East Riding College is available from Hilary Doig on 01482 306651 or by emailing hilary.doig@eastridingcollege.ac.uk

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Notes to editors:

A photograph of the Environment Agency workers is available. Call Matthew Croshaw, marketing and communications manager, on 01482 306612 or email matthew.croshaw@eastridingcollege.ac.uk