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ADULT LEARNING Liudvika in the offices of Délifrance   Rising to the challenge Local businesses and employers are reaping the rewards of their staff learning new skills by attending vocational courses. Jack Butler reports. I n a partnership between Ealing Council’s adult learning service and local companies, employees are given opportunities to learn skills for their work environment but also for everyday life. The adult learning courses offer everything from social media skills to English language classes; and from computer technology to sign language; and so much more. At Délifrance in Southall, an international company that sells pastries and savoury products across the country, staff are able to take advantage of courses focusing on ICT and the English language. The courses have been attended by 17 employees so far and it has resulted in a number of success stories. These include Liudvika Turcina. She started at Délifrance in its bakery and, since completing an adult learning course, has full stor y been promoted to a Read the at h a video machine operator. and watc / Liudvika said: “I wsextra.c e n g n li a e did the English as /courses features a foreign language course, which I passed your adult life. Whether and now am on the next it is to improve your job level. It helped me to improve my prospects, or ‘up-skill’ for your English and understand different tasks. current job, gaining a qualification can I’d encourage people to study English, help strengthen your CV and help you not just for work, but also to integrate get ahead. Indeed, the benefits of adult into the English way of living life.” learning for businesses are there for all The council’s partnership with to see by improving the effectiveness Délifrance has been such a success of the work force and boosting the that the adult learning course is being chances of promoting from within. So, offered to employees of Délifrance in I encourage businesses and individuals other parts of the country. to go to the Ealing Adult Learning website to find out more.” ‘BENEFITS THERE FOR ALL TO SEE’ Councillor Jasbir Anand, the council’s cabinet MORE INFO member for n Visit the Ealing adult employment learning web pages at and skills, said: “Liudvika’s adultlearning story proves n Call 020 8825 5577 the benefits of continuing n Email to learn [email protected] throughout around ealing    April/May 2019 19