The telecentre in Ystradgynlais was founded in 1991 as a result of an initiative called the Education Support Grant (ESG) which ran for three years. This year there has been a change in the funding and Powys Training is now managing the telecentre. The Ystradgynlais telecentre is more commonly known as the local Open Learning Centre. As well as supplying Information Technology training the centre also helps people acquire literacy and numeracy skills.
Susan Hulse manages the Open Learning Centre as well as providing all the Information Technology training for various clients. These clients range from Coleg Powys who pay the centre to run training courses for their students, to Powys Training students, to local businesses who need their employees to acquire a whole range of computer skills. They also run a 'drop in' service for local people who need to, for example, produce their CVs, or for previous students who want to brush up on their computer skills.
As Ystradgynlais is quite an economically depressed area there is a high level of unemployment, and as a result people in the area are keen to improve their skills in order to become more competitive in the job market. It is probably for this reason that the telecentre in Ystradgynlais has developed in to predominantly a training centre. Their customers range from those who are training for work to employees of local businesses.
Updated 9 Febuary 1998