11th May 1999

 

NEW INITIATIVE FOR COMPUTER LEARNERS

 

A training course leading to a new kind of driving licence is to be run at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside.

 

The European Computer Driving Licence sets a new minimum standard for users of information technology and today the university became the latest test centre to be accredited.

 

Students cover all aspects of IT from basic file management to legal and ethical issues and upon completion are awarded the ECDL at NVQ level two.

 

The training and assessment programme is being co-ordinated by lecturer Angus Marshall who is also responsible for Year 2000 courses which help local businesses combat the millennium bug.

 

“ECDL is a very important qualification for everyone as it is the first really successful internationally recognised basic IT skills certification,” said Mr Marshall.

 

Plans are well in hand to offer ECDL training and assessment from mid-June onwards and it is expected that students enrolled on all Department of Computer and Communications programmes will be offered the qualification from September.

 

“We are delighted to have been accredited so quickly and look forward to adding this important qualification to our existing wide-ranging portfolio of education and training courses,” he added.

 

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Sam Hendley

Press Officer

Marketing (Media Relations)

Tel: 01522 886042

Fax: 01522 882088

e-mail: shendley@lincoln.ac.uk