Are you struggling with your CV or need it updating? We can help you look at the skills you have and how to improve on them. We can help you understand the job market and what various jobs entail.
We are now offering this advice and guidance on a one to one basis.
Contact the Centre now, 01977 511581, to book an appointment with one of our advisers.
Ian Clayton is the author of our 30th anniversary book
"A CELEBRATION OF LEARNING"
We grew from humble beginnings in the miner’s strike and thrive today as a centre of learning excellence.
The story of Castleford Community Learning Centre is one worth telling. It is a story about wanting to plant a seed of change. “The lives of many people, particularly women, changed forever in the bitter year long miner’s strike and for many women the experience of organising, attending meetings and speaking up meant that they didn’t want to go back to just being a wife or mother. The women who stood shoulder to shoulder with their menfolk in soup kitchens and on picket lines wanted to stay together after the strike. They wanted to continue the newfound sense of purpose and do something useful. The seeds of a Castleford Women’s Centre were planted and these women asked locals what they would like to see from such a centre.
The cry went up for education, but most respondents said they didn’t have the confidence to go to college. Within a year of the strike ending, the Learning Centre was born. Partnerships were formed with Trade Unions, Colleges and University Departments and the Centre became a huge success with local people.
It has been estimated that there have been over 50,000 learning opportunities over the years and there are many heartwarming stories of people who have gone on from obtaining basic qualifications to University Degrees.
The Centre has rightly earned its affectionate title “The University of Life” and nowadays still offers a wide range of courses in Technology, Languages, Health and Well-being along with basic English and Maths. It also has a Job Club to help people back into work.