THE Under Secretary of State for Wales, Huw Irranca-Davies MP, visited Yale College to meet Jobcentre Plus learners including Stewart Greenwood and Julie Brown.
The college’s Learndirect Centre attracts learners and employers who access online courses.
It is working with Jobcentre Plus to provide online learning opportunities to lone parents to assist them in gaining return to work skills.
More than 19 learners have taken advantage of this training opportunity.
Mr Irranca-Davies attended with learners from Jobcentre Plus and Wrexham MP Ian Lucas to see the progress being made by Stewart and Julie who have both been nominated for Learndirect awards.
Stewart won the Outstanding Learner Award for overcoming barriers to learning after a motorcycle accident left him paralysed and unemployed.
Julie was nominated for a progression award for her dedication to learning as she has undertaken 24 courses with Learndirect and has now progressed on to an Access to HE course.
The Parliamentary Under Secretary also met national diploma art and design students working on an Art that doesn’t cost the Earth project.
Students were busy building sculptures out of books and bottle tops with visiting artist Tim Pugh.
Mr Irranca-Davies said: “One of the key issues for many people wanting to re-enter employment is gaining the right skills and training.
“Thanks to places like the Learndirect Centre at Yale College lone parents are being given the opportunity to gain skills to return to work.
“After speaking to Stewart and Julie I can see the huge difference these courses are making to their lives.
“What they have both achieved really should be congratulated. The commitment and dedication they have given is outstanding and I wish them all the best for the future.”