Community Learning MK - a unique new venture that draws together Milton Keynes Council’s adult education and music services into one organisation - was officially launched by the Mayor on Friday.
The event, which took place at the Cathedral of Trees in Newlands, was attended by guests including lead member for children and lifelong learning Councillor Norman Miles and chief executive of Milton Keynes Council, David Hill, as well as service users.
Community Learning MK will offer high quality education and training for adults and young people in the diverse Milton Keynes community designed to meet the needs of individuals and employers.
The talents of those who are part of Community Learning MK were showcased at the launch event, with performances from young musicians from the Youth Brass Ensemble and Rock School among others, alongside Science, Foreign Languages and Art demonstrations showing some of the adult learning opportunities available through Community Learning MK.
Mayor of Milton Keynes Councillor Subhan Shafiq, who gave a speech and cut a cake to mark the launch, said: “I am thrilled to have officially launched Community Learning MK.
“I was pleased to see so many people who will be involved with the service either through learning or though the strong partnerships that have been created already.
“Whether you want to get creative and learn a new skill, gain qualifications for employment, or improve your skills to meet demands in work, Community Learning MK can help you.”
Councillor Norman Miles was in also in attendance and gave a speech that focused on the great potential of this new service: “It is great to be celebrating the launch of Community Learning MK.
Both music and adult learning services are extremely well regarded, and bringing them together will make for a stronger, more streamlined service.”
Claire Griffin, Principal of Community Learning MK was pleased to see this new venture get off to such a great start.
She said: “We have a huge range of courses and learning opportunities on offer so I would encourage anyone who is interested to get in touch. We’d love to help you further your ambitions.”
The event was held at the Cathedral of Trees to reflect Community Learning MK’s strong imagery of a tree which depicts a commitment to growing ambition and opportunities for all.
Contributions to the event, such as a patchwork quilt, bunting and cake were provided by both current and past learners.
The council would like to thank the Parks Trust for the use of the Cathedral of Trees.
For more information about Community Learning MK and its full range of courses and activities, please visit www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/clmk or call 01908 556700.