60,000 learning logs to make professional development click

11th May 2001 at 01:00
The Scottish University for Industry is pitching for a central role in the post-McCrone agreement on continuing professional development.

Frank Pignatelli, its chief executive, said that it could act as a broker for teachers and schools, helping to identify training opportunities and creating individual learning logs for 60,000 teachers. A dedicated CPD helpline was another option.

Professor Pignatelli said that the first year of the University for Industry was going better than anyone had anticipated. More than 1,000 people a day were phoning its help desk for information on post-school training and education and its website had had 1.4 million hits.

Calles were interested in student finances, childcare support and case studies of training for post-school training.

The organisation hopes to establish 300 learning centres across Scotland, aimed at adults who have traditionally shunned education and training.

Professor Pignatelli, director of education in the former Strathclyde Region, said pound;2.5 million of the pound;8 million fund for the new centres had already been spent. One of the more innovative, targeting disaffected local lads, was in Ross County's football ground in Dingwall. The initiative came from the club.

He said the University for Industry's target was 50,000 new learners in its first year.

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