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Free courses to boost adult careers in Kent

24 April 2007

Kent adults who are on a career break or dissatisfied with a low paid, low skills job, could benefit from two free courses that start in May 2007.

The courses, which are partly funded by the European Union, will be run by the Centre for Enterprise and Business Development (CEBD), which is part of Canterbury Christ Church University.

The two courses – one at the University’s Canterbury Campus and one at the Broadstairs Campus - will lead to a Certificate of Higher Education in European Business.  They are free to all participants and, in some cases, financial support is available to cover the cost of travel and dependent care.

By the end of their course, students will be equipped with ICT skills and have knowledge of European business, management and organisational behaviour, and finance and statistics.  They will also be competent in a European language and have had the opportunity to take part in a work placement.  Students will attend the University for four days a week, and the hours are designed to fit around adults with dependents – 9.30am to 3pm.  There will be no lessons during school holidays.

Head of Academic Programmes at the Centre for Enterprise and Business Development, John Taylor, said: “These programmes provide an excellent opportunity for adults to return to study and prepare for a new career.  Students will also gain a qualification which can lead to either employment or further higher education programmes.  Previous participants have gone on to take degrees and enter into very successful careers.”

For media interviews with regards to the courses, please contact Canterbury Christ Church University’s Media Relations Officer, Claire Robinson, on 01227 782391.  To find out more about the programme, please contact Sarah Taylor on 01227 782656 or email or Penny Keogh on 01843 609156 or email at the Centre for Enterprise and Business Development.

Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University’s Centre for Enterprise and Business Development

The CEBD’s main base is at Hall Place, Harbledown, which is the designated gateway for business support from Canterbury Christ Church University, providing a route to the University’s extensive resources including bespoke training, consultancy and research services.

The CEBD has an excellent track record of working with businesses.  Current activities include:

• Small Business Forum;
• Sector support (e.g. tourism, transport, media/creative industries);
• Placements;
• Bespoke training for businesses, including languages.

The CEBD delivers a range of programmes that address business needs and contribute towards the University’s widening participation and social agendas.  Free programmes are currently offered for:

• Mature students wanting to change direction with regard to employment or self-employment or progress into Higher Education;
• Managers and employees of micro-businesses seeking flexible training to advance their managerial skills.

Locally the CEBD works and collaborates with:

• District Authorities: Ashford, Canterbury, Dover, Shepway, Swale and Thanet;
• The Federation of Small Businesses;
• Government Office for the South East (GOSE);
• The Learning and Skills Council;
• Local Chambers of Commerce;
• Kent County Council;
• South East England Development Agency (SEEDA).


Claire Robinson, Media Relations Officer,
Canterbury Christ Church University,
01227 782391,

David Cutts, External Relations Assistant,
Canterbury Christ Church University,
01227 782826,

For media enquiries:

Claire Robinson
01227 782391