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Fighting to save the Skills Hub

August 12, 2019 10:13 AM
By Steve Beasant

Fighting to save the Skills Hub

A petition with over 2,500 signatures to save the Community Learning Skills Hub on Freeman

Street was debated at a Special Council Meeting on Thursday, 4th July.

Community Learning currently offer courses for adults of all ages, including English, maths,

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), creative arts, ICT and skills to enhance a person's employability, but now the service is threatened with closure. The closure was originally proposed by the previous Labour administration but at the recent Special Council

Meeting the decision was endorsed by the new Tory administration.

Following the meeting Kay, said: "Education is not about ticking boxes. If it's not broken, then don't fix it. People are happy and settled, so why try and move them away from something which is working?

"It is only just over 2 years ago that this service moved to the heart of the East Marsh, and while the Skill Hub has been on Freeman Street, it's helped hundreds of young adults - particularly people with learning difficulties and disabilities. Instead of thinking about profit and loss; we should be thinking about the vulnerable people in our community."

Fighting the skills hub

Steve said: "We are only a couple of months since the Tories took control of North East Lincolnshire Council, and they promised to listen to the public. Labour's decision was wreckless, the Tories had a chance to listen; instead they have buried their heads in the sand."

Terry added: "This is one the worst decisions made by local Council in recent years - the Tories should have reconsidered the Labour proposal to close the Skills Hub. It is pure madness and many people in our area will suffer."