Learning and Skills Council to invest £60m in technology to aid post-16 learners

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Learning and Skills Council to invest £60m in technology to aid post-16 learners

Rebecca Thomson

The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) is investing nearly £60m next year into technology used in post-16 education.

The council said technology is increasingly vital for learning and many careers depend on knowledge of the latest devices and valuable IT skills. Their investment of £59.8m for 2007-08 is £20m higher than last year.

The investment will include:

- Procuring technology for learners with learning difficulties or disabilities

- Upgrades in the offender learning sector

- Increase in the number of further education colleges introducing personal digital assistants and MP3 players into their learning

- Grants for employers wanting to use technology in learning programme

The Learning and Skills Council is a government organisation which aims to make England better skilled and more competitive.

It says learning programmes delivered using technology can improve the success of post-16 learners. Students are also keen to access learning remotely from home.

Karen Price, CEO of IT sector skills council e-skills, said, "Technology plays an increasingly vital role in education.

"It enables students to make the most of learning opportunities regardless of where they are, and it helps to develop valuable IT skills which are becoming essential for most jobs."

Jon Gamble, director for adults and lifelong learning at the Learning and Skills Council, said, "Our investment will ensure that more learners have access to the facilities they need to enrich their learning experience and employability."

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