LDS has reason to roar

21st October 2005 at 01:00
Four enquiries every minute of every day - that's the landmark claim made by Learndirect Scotland this week as it celebrated its fifth birthday with a bash at Hampden Stadium.

Allan Wilson, Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning, was on hand to chronicle the achievements of the body charged with putting learners in touch with learning. Key milestones have been:

* The development of a national network of 500 learning centres, including colleges.

* The creation of a national database of more than 100,000 learning opportunities.

* A range of national information and advice helplines.

* More than 44,000 learners have been given the opportunity to access online learning.

Frank Pignatelli, LDS chief executive, said the organisation had created a range of innovative services, "ensuring Scots can and will access learning at a time, place, pace and style that suits their needs".

The agency also targets the needs of small businesses, which have made more than 10,000 enquiries to the business helpline.

It is now responsible for managing the Scottish Executive's mark two version of the individual learning account (ILA) scheme, which has attracted more than 10,000 adults for its basic computing course since it was relaunched last December.

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