Flexible training gets a boost from EU

3rd June 2005 at 01:00
A European grant worth some pound;1.27 million has been awarded to the Scottish Qualifications Authority to help modernise HNC and HND qualifications.

The funding comes from a European Social Fund support programme for projects that use technology to increase flexibility and accessibility in the delivery of training.

A spokesman for the SQA said: "Higher National qualifications have been a cornerstone of Scottish education for 80 years, but like everything, they need to move forward and modernise to meet today's education agenda.

"This particular grant, part of an overall pound;3 million improvement programme for the HN portfolio, will help training organisations deliver HN qualifications in new and more modern ways, including online assessment and training packs."

Anton Colella, SQA chief executive, said: "These qualifications give people skills for the world of work, a role that will only become more important in future years. It is vital that we can offer HN qualifications in a flexible and modern way, to better fit the needs of the modern learner."

ESF grants must be equal to or less than 45 per cent of total costs and the SQA will reinvest fee income as part of the match funding. The Scottish Further Education Funding Council will provide the remaining portion.

The SQA will manage this programme in partnership with Lauder College, the Scottish Further Education Unit, the College Open Learning Exchange Group (Coleg) and consultants in learning centres.

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