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Justin Tomlinson MP, Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work visits City Lit

Story added 30th Oct 2019

Justin Tomlinson MP, Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work


Justin Tomlinson MP, Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work visited City Lit on Tuesday 29 October to learn more about the work we do to support learning for adults with additional needs.  He observed a lip-reading class, an English class for deaf people and took a tour of the College.  

Justin said “I’ve been on a really fantastic visit to City Lit where I’ve seen first-hand the training and support provided to adults of all ages as they get formal skills helping maximise their chances to go in to the workplace. I’ve also seen just how their confidence is being built, how they’re building those life skills and I’m really impressed.  But I also see that we need to do more. We need to get employers in at this stage so they can see the ability being showcased, they can identify the potential in all those individuals to maximise their chances of successful careers. It was a brilliant visit and I’m going to really do everything I can to showcase the great work that’s going on here.”

Justin posted a video of his visit via Twitter 

City Lit helps learners from a variety of backgrounds and social circumstances from all London boroughs, to challenge themselves and unlock their potential in boosting confidence and giving their creative sides a chance to grow. We believe that everyone has a right to learn and improve themselves – and we work hard to inspire people’s passions, and help them realise their ambitions.

City Lit has adapted and innovated to meet London’s changing needs, providing more than just adult education courses – as the offer helps combat loneliness; develop new skills to improve employability; career change retooling for those later in life; offer a sense of purpose and fulfilment; improve confidence; overcome mental health difficulties; and make London a better place. We also support many learners who may have experienced difficulty in accessing education throughout their lives, and are particularly proud of our provision for adults with learning disabilities; who are Deaf; experience hearing loss; or those who stammer.

Adult education provides the opportunity to learn new skills but also combats some of the emerging issues now facing society. Studying on an adult education course is not only a chance for an individual to broaden their horizons, upskill or simply enjoy some much-needed downtime from work or personal pressures. It also provides an invaluable opportunity to socialise, meet people from different backgrounds, and forge lasting friendships and connections for life.

Justin Tomlinson MP, Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work

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