23rd January 2003




Fifty-two Connexions personal advisers will be the first to receive a diploma from the University of Lincoln next week.


The advisers have all passed the Diploma for Connexions Personal Advisers at the university’s Cottingham Road campus and will receive their awards at Hull City Hall on Tuesday (28th January).


The university won the contract to train up Connexions personal advisers in Humberside, Lincolnshire and Rutland in 2001.


There are now over 200 diploma-qualified advisers working in the Humber sub-region with young people aged from 13 to 19. They work with other agencies to offer help and advice with education, training, housing, benefits and personal issues.


“This diploma is in addition to the professional qualification all advisers PAs have or are working towards, such as a degree in social or youth work,” said David Crimmens, course leader.


“They follow the 10-month part time diploma course while working full-time and this is obviously a heavy work load, but it leads to them becoming highly skilled personal advisers.”


Ros Garrod-Mason, training manager at Connexions Humber, is keen to encourage people to enrol on the Diploma course.


“Anyone working in an organisation that is committed to the business objectives of Connexions Humber can sign up to the course,” she said. “The course is free to voluntary groups as they receive a ‘back-fill’ payment and travelling expenses.”


For more details about the Diploma for Connexions Personal Advisers contact Ros Garrod-Mason at Connexions Humber on 01482 350150.


The students will meet outside the Connexions Centre, Queen Victoria House, Alfred Gelder Street, Hull at 1pm on Tuesday 28th January for a photo call.



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

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)                       email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk


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