Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Opportunity Arises at Every Age

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Opportunity Arises at Every Age

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Byline: VIV KINNAIRD

Sunderland is leading the way in the UK on digital inclusion according to a national newspaper this week. The city's drive to tackle social exclusion through online involvement has attracted UK-wide interest, and is turning round the lives of local people.

By learning to use IT many find it opens new doors, bringing greater chances of a job, new interests or new friends. It's a hugely successful strategy of which Sunderland should be proud.

It also addresses the pressing need to create fulfilling lives for the fast-growing population of over-50s.

There are currently 11 million people in the UK between 45 and 60. They own 70% of the nation's wealth. They are also living longer and many would prefer to carry on working or learn a new skill past retirement age.

In our university we are offering many short and part-time courses to increase skills, and a range of distance learning degrees and flexible courses that you study at the pace and place you prefer.

I believe professional development and lifelong learning should carry on as long as people benefit from it, professionally and personally.

Apprentices aged over 50 tripled in the last two years, with some of the 5,400 'silver learners' taking up a brand new career in their 70s.

One of our students completed a doctorate this year at the age of 69, and is still as keen as mustard to learn more! …

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