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June 11th, 2008 · No Comments


TV Presenter launches the ‘Skills Street’ campaign urging more people to learn a new skill

Have you ever wished you could learn IT skills but simply don’t have the time or perhaps you’d like to become a chef but lack of money is putting you off? Well now a crack team of experts headed by TV Presenter Carol Smillie are here to help.

In less than ten years, there will be few unskilled jobs in the UK and the government predicts that two out of three jobs in the future will require a higher level of skills and better qualifications. As a result the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) have launched ‘Skills Street’, a campaign which aims to highlight the ever-increasing importance and benefits of improving your skills – did you know that investing time and money in learning a new skill could grow your annual salary by £2,000 to £3,000?

The campaign kicked off with Carol and her expert panel visiting a number of homes on a street in Yorkshire to assess the skills residents have and which they feel they lacked. The panel offered advice, highlighted the skills they may benefit from and suggested local training providers – demonstrating how accessible modern learning can be.

One of the main aims of Skills Street is to show people that learning a new skill is not as difficult as it may first appear and to showcase the variety of learning and funding options available including Apprenticeships and the Adult Learning Grant. Whether you are an 18 year old who wants to learn fresh IT skills or a pensioner who has always wanted to learn horticulture, there is a course out there for you. To find out more visit

With new research revealing over a third (39%) of adults blame a lack of time for not learning a new skill and nearly a third (29%) feel a lack of money is to blame, Carol and her team are here to help. Click here to watch her tips on how you can learn an extra skill…

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