Yorkshire plans to advance ICT skills

June 2004
IT Training;Jun2004, p10
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The article reports that more than 6,000 people employed by companies involved in bioscience and e-science in North Yorkshire will soon have access to advanced ICT courses, which are being developed at the University of York. The North Yorkshire Learning and Skills Council has awarded the university a £ 200,000 contract to develop the courses. The move comes after a survey found that there was a strong demand for ICT training. The LSC canvassed local businesses last autumn and found that 48 per cent wanted more training. The funding comes from the Yorkshire Forward regional development agency, which is keen to promote the bioscience and e-science sector as it feels that the two industries are crucial to the regional economy. The courses will be developed with businesses to make sure they meet their needs. The training will consist of workshops and seminars, plus self-study. Amanda Selvaratnam, the business information analyst who is leading the project, said that the period of personal study will guarantee that new skills are used within the business environment.


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