12 July 2018
Plans are taking shape to develop a learning centre at Normanby Hall County Park that will offer a range of courses and training for young people, adults and families.
This summer, the project will start with the Skills Centre PLUS team who will work with a group of young people to organise and renovate an existing workshop and classroom space in the park near the Farming Museum.
There is also space behind the workshop that could be used for a potential garden project.
The development of a learning centre links directly to our Skills and Employability Plan which focusses on developing clear progression pathways for people, especially those with vulnerabilities; raising aspirations; and encouraging innovation and enterprise amongst young people.
By using Normanby Hall Country Park as a backdrop, we can re-engage vulnerable young learners with education and we can develop realistic vocational training and enterprise opportunities for them at the park.
Our Adult Community Learning service will look to deliver existing and new classes from the park, as well as bringing other Family Learning projects to the site.
Cllr Elaine Marper, cabinet member responsible for Normanby Hall said:
“Normanby is the perfect backdrop for learning – whether that’s classroom based or vocational classes out in the park itself. The Hall and gardens will inspire learners and help them develop their skills. We could see horticultural classes growing vegetables in the gardens and woodwork learners selling items they’ve made in the Hall’s gift shop!”
Cllr David Rose, cabinet member for Children, Families, Learning and Leisure, said:
“The development of a centre for learning at the Normanby Hall site is part of our vision to promote a culture of life-long learning in North Lincolnshire.
#“The range of courses we want to offer from this site is so broad – from work experience and apprenticeships for school leavers, to art and photography classes for adults.”
Nigel Longstaff, Director at Skills Centre PLUS said:
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for the residents of North Lincolnshire, and in particular the young people with Special Education Needs who struggle with mainstream educational provision.
“This will be a beacon of success for North Lincolnshire Council in tackling the national issue of progression into sustainable employment for young people with Special Education Needs and Disabilities.”