Byline: By KAREN MCLAUCHLAN
POSTIE Kevin Phillips has certainly delivered for his workmates by getting the stamp of approval for the first learning centre to be established in a North-east Royal Mail sorting office.
The union learning representative at the Mail Centre in Middlesbrough was the key figure in setting up a facility which has prompted more than 300 of his colleagues to sign on to a learning register.
The pounds 16,000 project was paid for by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) North East-backed unionlearn Learning for All Fund and fully supported by the Royal Mail, which has provided the rooms at its Cannon Park and Redcar sites, and the Trades Union Congress (TUC).
But it was Kevin who identified the need for the venture and put the concept to the Royal Mail and his union, the Communication Workers Union (CWU).
"I had heard that there might be some funding available and felt it would be a good way to get people back into the habit of learning," he said.
"I got a very positive response so we went ahead and made an application which was approved.
"We are committed to delivering quality, lifelong education within the workplace that is tailored around the needs of the workforce.
"We do not discriminate against grade within the business and it does not matter if people are members of the union or not, everyone is welcome."
With the help of course providers Middlesbrough Adult Education Service and the Redcar and Cleveland Adult Learning Service, a series of courses such as IT for the terrified and skills for life were staged and were very well supported. …