6th January 1999




The University of Lincolnshire & Humberside is now accepting the second intake on its training programme to help the jobless update their skills.


‘Pathways to Employment’, which is sponsored by the European Social Fund,

can be studied at the university’s Lincoln campus and at Lincolnshire Regional Access Centres throughout the county. It offers training at the equivalent of NVQ level four and is free to all participating students unemployed and actively seeking work.


In addition to courses in effective learning, employability, information technology and the Internet, the university is adding new units in marketing, communication and persuasion, history and international relations. Courses begin on 31st January 2000.


“The scheme that we launched last summer was so successful that we have expanded it for 2000,” said Sue Brisland, the project officer co-ordinating ‘Hi Skills 2000 - Pathways to Employment’ for the university.


“We are targeting unemployed people throughout Lincolnshire whose qualifications and experience are insufficient to land them a job in the current employment market.”


Successful completion of the course after a minimum of 15 weeks of study will earn students a Certificate of Continuing Education from the university and a greatly improved chance of finding meaningful and rewarding employment, Sue added.


Unique features of the scheme include financial help with travel arrangements and childcare, professional guidance and counselling and an interview with the Lincolnshire Careers and Guidance Service to develop a career action plan.


Courses comprise five units. Students study the Effective Learning Programme (learning skills, IT, presentation, writing and project management), Employability and Career Development (how to write a CV, how to prepare for interviews and study of the labour market) and two subject units (e.g. desktop publishing, marketing, information technology, international relations or others as appropriate to their career plans).

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‘Pathways to Employment’ has certainly boosted the skills and confidence of one Lincolnshire student.


Carol King of Kiln Lane, Ludford, has spent most of her adult life working with horses and hunts, but now she has opted for a career change - and the university’s training scheme has got her off to a flying start.


“I’d like to have a complete change of life and do something computer-based,” she explained. “I’ve been following the Effective Learning Programme since the autumn both at the university in Lincoln and also at the Meridian Centre in Louth, and the course has definitely helped me.


“Before I started I didn’t know what a computer looked like, but now I feel a lot more confident. The course has taught me a lot, and it’s certainly been good for me.”


For further details of the ‘Pathways to Employment’ scheme contact Sue Brisland at the university’s Centre for Access and Lifelong Learning on 01522 886914 (email: sbrisland@lincoln.ac.uk).


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Notes for editors:


Sue Brisland and Pamela Weaver of the Centre for Access and Lifelong Learning are both available for interview. 


A digital photograph of Carol King and other students at work can be e-mailed to you on request.


Please contact:


Jez Ashberry

Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk