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E-learning taskforce recommends free online access to ICT training


The Government’s Post 16 E-Learning Strategy Taskforce have published their findings in a report entitled ‘Get on with IT’, with four major recommendations. The first is that everyone has free entitlement to ICT user skills so it becomes as fundamental as reading and writing. The second recommendation is for the delivery of courses on-line through e-learning.

The third recommendation, entitled ‘Which Way’, which is the development of a single learning-to-work support and guidance pathway. This would provide a portal for learners, guiding them through learning opportunities and into work.

The fourth key recommendation is the establishment of a national tutor mentor programme.

Professor Steve Molyneux explained: "The Task Force formed an engaging mix of skills and experience and in a short period we have delivered a strategy that will drive the e-learning agenda. We looked at how e-learning can enhance learning opportunities not only for young people aged 16-19, but also those interested in re-skilling through work based learning."

TrainingZONE says: Public bodies and private experts keep stating the need for more training in ICT, but meanwhile the ICT training industry is in recession. A free public ICT training resource is an appealing idea, but shouldn't we be looking for ways to get the existing industry working to its potential, rather than putting public funding into developing expensive new channels of delivery? Post your comments below.


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