Croydon’s adult learners can now benefit from the latest technology, helping them to develop the necessary skills for today’s digitalised workplace and increase their employability.
With funding from Croydon Council and the Mayor of London, Croydon Adult Learning & Training (CALAT) has upgraded its ICT equipment and Wi-Fi access right across its curriculum network, enabling tutors to embed ICT skills and electronic learning into all courses.
The £447,000 upgrade has delivered 217 new PCs and 60 laptops with all printers to be replaced in the future as part of a council wide initiative. Students can now work paper-free and complete learning online.
CALAT currently delivers 700 courses to 4,000 adult learners, the majority of which are Croydon residents in areas of deprivation. Of those learners approximately 120 have learning difficulties and disabilities and are on programs to help them improve their health and wellbeing, and develop their independent living skills and employment prospects.
Croydon Council contributed £247,000 to the project and the Mayor of London £200,000, following CALAT’s successful bid to the Mayor’s small project and capital equipment fund.
“We want all of our residents to be able to benefit from the many opportunities Croydon has to offer as it continues to regenerate and grow. Thousands of residents learn with CALAT every year and this upgrade will embed ICT skills right across the curriculum, helping all students significantly improve their job prospects.”
Councillor Alisa Flemming, cabinet member for children, young people and learning