3rd May 2001

 

NEW FOUNDATION DEGREE TO UPDATE IT SKILLS

 

A new and pioneering computing and communications course will enable people in full-time employment to update their IT skills

 

A consortium of local education providers including the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside, the University of Hull, Hull College, North Lindsey College and Grimsby College has won government funding to develop a new two-year foundation degree in Information Communication Enabling Technologies (ICET).

 

Under a pilot scheme to be launched in September 2001 people currently in employment who cannot attend traditional part-time or full-time courses will be able to use the latest technology to study in a flexible way.

 

“We’ll be using a diverse delivery approach with on-line learning, distance learning, video-conferencing and work-based learning and evidencing,” said programme

co-ordinator John Lewak, a senior lecturer in Computing at ULH. “The mode of study will be very flexible to reflect current working patterns in society in general.”

 

Education Secretary David Blunkett launched the new foundation degree in February in a bid to raise the skills level of the UK workforce and to encourage new alliances between universities and colleges and employers.

 

The Humber Consortium won funding from HEFCE (the Higher Education Funding Council for England) to develop a prototype the two-year foundation degree. The hope is that local working people will take the opportunity to validate and update their IT skills without having to invest long hours in the classroom.

 

“People are busy, they work long hours and they often don’t have time to come into an institution and listen to words of wisdom from an academic,” says Mr Lewak. “There is some doubt in any case as to the value of this singular mode of delivery.”

 

The foundation degree in ICET will be validated by the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside but delivered by Hull College, North Lindsey College and Grimsby College.

 

For further details contact John Lewak on 01482 463209.

 

For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside (tel: 01522 886042)

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

 

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