27th October 1999

 

CAMPUS COURSES FOR FORCES A SUCCESS

 

A scheme to re-train forces people leaving the Armed Forces is now in its tenth month at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside where 85% go straight into employment in industry.

 

Roland Stokes, Head of Computing and Communications at ULH, is seeing a surge in applications for places on short courses which are designed to re-train service personnel in the last few months of duty.

 

Since January this year Mr Stokes has worked with Willoughby-based firm Global to implement re-training programmes which include mobile and data communications, project management and information technology.

 

The latest figures show that 85% of forces personnel who come to ULH find work in the telecommunications industry.

 

ULH and Global work together with Coutts Consulting Plc who are contracted by the Ministry of Defence to resettle personnel after retirement from the services.

 

All the courses, which range from one to four weeks in length, are designed to give personnel a first step up into civilian employment when they leave the forces.

 

“Servicemen have a wealth of experience from their years working in the forces,” said Mr Stokes. “They come to us from all over the country, and Global recruit nationwide. At the moment we have Royal Navy personnel stationed at Plymouth and Portsmouth as well as more locally.”

 

Students come out of the scheme with level one CATS (Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme) points and can use these towards doing a BTEC qualification, although the main idea behind the training, which operates at colleges across the UK, is that they will enter employment.

 

In the past two months 60 students have taken a course accredited by ULH, more than the whole of the rest of the year - showing an increase in the attraction to the university’s courses.

 

 

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Sam Hendley, Press Officer. Tel: 01522 886042