On arrival the PM requested a private meeting with the Swim UK management team where he sought feedback on the Government’s commitment to Maths & English, Traineeships, Apprenticeships and the unemployed.
The Prime Minister then continued his visit by joining in a Functional Skills English class before sitting in on an Anatomy and Physiology lesson for Fitness Instructors. The PM asked each learner individually about their experience in developing new skills and progressing into employment.
Paul Smith MD of Swim UK said “It was a great honour to have David Cameron single us out for a visit. He was genuinely interested in the progress of our learners and the work that Swim UK is doing. It was also great to be able to show him our new Maths and English centre. The PM demonstrated considerable knowledge and insight about the sector”.
“It was difficult keeping the whole affair secret from our staff and learners until just before the PM’s arrival, but obviously security in these matters is very important. The visit was a great boost for our staff and learners alike and clear recognition of what they have achieved together!”
The Sussex Functional Skills Centre was opened by Swim UK last September as a “One stop shop for the development of Maths and English!”