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Remember the Colchester Learning Shop? It was a pioneering collaboration between all post-school learning providers – the “Colchester Learning Shop Company” which focussed on the needs of whoever came through the door – giving free access to unbiased information, advice and guidance.

The local charity “Learning Never Stops” proposed reinstatement of an open access unbiased info and guidance service for lifelong learning at September’s Colchester Borough Council Policy & Public Initiatives Panel. The Panel supported it and have referred it to the CBC Cabinet. Here’s hoping!

Former Grey Friars adult college staff and governors will be particularly delighted with this as they were key partners in the Learning Shop along with the Institute, University, Sixth Form College, Open University and Borough Council. It was a pioneering cooperative partnership – and is much missed.