A picture of the new training kitchen at the new Learning Skills and Employment Hub in Gillingham.
The training kitchen at the new Learning Skills and Employment Hub in Gillingham.
Published: Tuesday, 24th January 2023

A brand-new Learning Skills and Employment Hub has been opened in Gillingham.

The hub, on the top floor of Britton Farm, is run by Medway Adult Education (MAE) and focuses on supporting adults to retrain, upskill and access employment opportunities.

Courses are tailored towards helping residents gain qualifications for highly skilled jobs which are being created across Medway.

Residents can access a range of courses including English and maths as well as creative sessions including community arts and crafts aimed at improving wellbeing and learning new skills in a warm and friendly environment.

The new hub has a new IT suite with state-of-the-art equipment and a training kitchen which will host cookery courses for families, including cooking on a budget.

MAE works with local schools, charities, community groups and places of worship to tailor programmes and offer subjects to meet the needs of local communities across Medway.

MAE also offers a diverse range of training opportunities and works with primary schools and children and family hubs to offer family gardening clubs and cookery courses. Creating more opportunities for children and young people supports Medway’s aspiration to become even more child-friendly.

Courses to suit all abilities

Cllr Howard Doe, Deputy Leader of Medway Council and Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “I am very pleased that our new Learning Skills and Employment Hub is open and welcoming learners. Medway Adult Education offers a number of courses for residents if they are looking to change their career, return to work or learn new skills for personal development and progression. There’s lots of courses on offer, to suit all abilities, and I would encourage residents to contact our friendly team who will help find a course to suit you.”

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