HL Deb 08 March 2005 vol 670 c76WA
Lord Patten

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How much money has been spent to date on the University for Industry, including its operating arm learndirect, since its establishment. [HL1529]

Lord Filkin

Since its establishment in 1999 UfI, with its 7,000 learndirect and UK online centres, has firmly established itself as one of the biggest e-learning networks in the world, and is successfully making learning more accessible to individuals and businesses. A total of £326.1 million has been invested in creating and supporting this network to 31 July 2004.

On the basis of information provided by UfI, over 1.5 million learners have enrolled on learndirect courses and over 21 million people in the UK have received free, confidential and impartial advice on learning opportunities and career planning.

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