Community Computers: The success of the Flexible Learning Centre in South Leytonstone

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Sampson, Alice 2001. Community Computers: The success of the Flexible Learning Centre in South Leytonstone. London Centre for Institutional Studies, University of East London.
AuthorsSampson, Alice
Abstract

This report documents an investigation into the use of South Leytonstone’s Flexible learning Centre (FLC) which is located in an area with higher than average unemployment, where some residents find it difficult to obtain suitable work and many would like to learn, and improve, their ICT skills. Managed by the local authority’s Libraries and Cultural Services Department the FLC opened in 1997. It aims to attract women and minority ethnic residents in particular, and works closely with the local Job Bank and colleges. The project provides computer based learning packages, IT courses and internet facilities. Students have the opportunity to search for jobs, receive careers guidance and assistance with CV preparation. All the facilities are provided free of charge and students can learn at their own pace. The report found the centre was well used and successful. Since April 1998 1,055 students have registered with the Centre and 281 have obtained work as a result (27 per cent). The majority found the project useful for finding jobs. Almost three quarters (74 per cent) said that they had gained in confidence as a result of attending the FLC and the majority felt more confident about their future job prospects. Some planned to find employment (29 per cent), whilst others planned to go on to further education (15 per cent) or change jobs (11 per cent). A high proportion of students are women and minority ethnic residents.

Keywordsadult education; community; computer based learning; unemployment; South Leytonstone; East London
Year2001
PublisherCentre for Institutional Studies, University of East London
Place of publicationLondon
Publication dates
PrintDec 2001
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Deposited05 Oct 2009
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Sampson, A. (2001) ‘Community Computers: The success of the Flexible Learning Centre in South Leytonstone’ CIS Commentary No 103, London: Centre for Institutional Studies, University of East London..

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