Enterprise and Learning Bus to bring flexible resources to local communities

Published Thursday, 19th November 2015

Worcestershire County Council's new Enterprise and Learning Bus is to be available for hire from next week.

The launch of the Bus will take place outside the Hive from 7.30am-9.30am on Tuesday 24 November. Organised by the Worcestershire County Council Libraries and Learning Service, the launch will coincide with a business breakfast, 'Better Business in the Cloud'.

The Enterprise and Learning Bus can be hired for use as a mobile classroom, providing learning for social and personal skills development. It will also help to promote business, by supporting the start-up and growth of self-employed businesses, connecting schools and business programmes and offering Information, Advice & Guidance.

The bus is a highly flexible space, and can be hired for a range of functions including meetings, promotions, recruitment, workplace learning and training, and SME support in rural areas.

On-board is a satellite dish and eight desktop computers, meaning the bus can be used independently, with its own portable power supply and standalone broadband connection.  The suspension can also be adjusted for easy access.

The Bus will travel across the county promoting digital access for learning, volunteering and work opportunities, customers can also get support to use their  'Digital Prescription' to improve personal Health & Well-Being.

The Enterprise Bus can be used to provide rural businesses with flexible tailored training, a mobile recruitment venue, or be used for outreach to support Work Search, helping job seekers access online job search, CV profiling, emails, cover letters, job applications and interview practice. In addition, the bus can be used for assessment and delivery of online English & Maths courses and as a venue for Information, Advice & Guidance Service.

Cllr Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Localism and Communities, said: "The Learning and Enterprise Bus is a superb mobile resource for so many people, catering for people without easy access to such facilities. With such a range of potential functions and the ability to travel throughout the county, the possibilities are endless."

For more information call 01905 758 420, email enterprise@worcestershire.gov.uk  or visit www.worcestershire.gov.uk/libraries