£10,000 ICT suite home for new courses

Courses enabling stable staff in Newmarket to brush up on their key skills have been launched by the town’s New Astley Club.

The Fred Archer Way club, in partnership with the City of Bristol College, has rolled out the new 15-week courses, which combine ICT, maths and English lessons, following the completion of a new £10,000 ICT suite.

Upon completion of the course each participant will be awarded a qualification equivalent to an A grade at GCSE level.

“The idea of running these courses is to allow stable staff the chance to build up functional skills they can transfer to other industry sectors as many of the ones they use in racing are not transferable,” said Kevin Parsons, project manager.

“The classes are very informal as we don’t want those taking part to feel like they are returning to the classroom.”

Although the first of the new classes in the suite, funded by government body Union Learn, is already under way, the room, which houses six laptops and six desktop computers, will officially be opened tomorrow by Newmarket MP Matthew Hancock.

“It is great we have Matthew on board as not only does he play a big part in further education, skills and lifelong learning, he is also a big racing fan,” added Mr Parsons.