£10m plan for adult classes in rural areas

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The Government yesterday unveiled a £10m initiative to set up a network of mobile classrooms to take adult education into remote rural communities.

The Government yesterday unveiled a £10m initiative to set up a network of mobile classrooms to take adult education into remote rural communities.

A series of modified buses will bring computer-based courses to employees in small businesses across the country.

David Blunkett, the Secretary of State for Education, said the initiative represented a "revolution in learning". He announced the measure at the national launch of "Learn Direct", a new internet network designed to being education and training opportunities to the unemployed and into businesses.

More than 700 centres have been set up across Britain as part of the project, thought to be the first of its kind in the world. They will provide information on more than 500,000 courses, ranging from a one-week intensive driving course to a year-long qualification in floristry.

The initiative, backed by Tony Blair, is a partnership between the University for Industry, which commissioned internet-based courses, local colleges of further education and employers. Centres have been set up in shopping centres and inside large companies.

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