From Researching Virtual Initiatives in Education
Its range of educational training products is delivered through three business streams:
Although primarily targeted at adults, a significant number of learners are aged between 18 and 21.
Courses are offered online or through a network of more than 800 online learning centres in England and Wales, providing access to a range of e-learning opportunities. LearnDirect's flexible learning is available to individual adults wanting to improve existing skills or to learn new ones, and to employers looking for an innovative way to develop the skills of their workforce. Since its launch in 2000 more than two million learners have enrolled on almost 4.5 million LearnDirect courses. learndirect offers around 500 different courses covering a range of subjects, including management, IT, Skills for Life and languages, at all levels. More than three quarters of the training courses are available online allowing people to learn wherever they have access to the internet - at home, at work or at a learndirect centre.
This institution/programme was discussed as a case study in the Megatrends project in its second report, Megaproviders of e-learning in Europe (PDF - 212 pages - EN), 2007 (ISBN 978 82 562 88184). In this report, learndirect is listed as a public initiative by Ufi, which was set up by the government.