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Vernon Jones Deputy Director & Commercial Manager
The South Yorkshire e-Learning Programme • Sheffield, Barnsley, Rotherham, Doncaster • c 1. 5 million population • Former coal mining and steel manufacturing community • (Formerly) Area of economic deprivation judged on EU standards • Also some isolated rural communities • e-learning driving much of the regeneration • European Union funded
Objectives • increase educational attainment • address social inclusion • reduce the digital divide • increase the skills base to attract inward investment by high technology companies • increase the ability and competitiveness of the business community in South Yorkshire • Overall, since starting in 2000 and including the feasibility study, the programme will have invested over £ 72 million on computer infrastructure, ICT training and skills training over six years.
cluster networks of 370 SMEs all secondary schools SMEs student tracking Environmental Bio-sciences feeder primary schools High tech manufacturing Creative & Digital SMEs network of 149 organisations all FE colleges sub-regional VLE 24/7 content repository SMEs Financial Services SMEs 30% general community access Libraries, community centres etc. © e-sy. info
What is on offer to SMEs and why? • Site budget for – –Hardware –Software –Staff development • To create a learning culture throughout South Yorkshire • To raise the skills levels of individuals and organisations throughout South Yorkshire • To enhance companies development of ICT and e-learning
What Training is Offered? Basic Skills Literacy Numeracy Management Meetings Skills Health & Safety Equal Opportunities Appraisals Basic ICT Skills The Internet & e-Mail Keyboard Skills ECDL HR Management Advanced ICT Skills E-commerce Networks Internet Security Web Page Design Hardware Support Personal & Workplace Time Management Health & Safety Communication Presentation Skills Communication Skills Equal Opportunities Health & Safety Legislation MS Office Skills Word Excel Access Outlook Powerpoint
Recruitment as at September 2005 Against an original target of 370 SMEs we have now recruited 450 SMEs throughout the sub-region
Evaluation & Monitoring System • Recruitment - assesses suitability of engaged SMEs. • Addtionality – value added to the business. • Displacement – effect upon the business with regard to its competitors. • Multiplier Effect – influence on the local economy. • Deadweight – the value the SME places on the service provided. • Delivery & Impact – satisfaction and integration. • VLE & Content – capability to meet SME expectations.
e-sy. info® Gets ‘SEEL’ of Approval The e-sy. info® programme, which is revolutionising learning opportunities in South Yorkshire, has been awarded the very first prestigious SEEL Quality for e-Learning Regions and Cities Award 2004 ‘In the view of the panel, South Yorkshire’s e-learnin programme is a model that could be transferred and adapted to other regions in Europe’
E-Learning Networks Award The e-sy. info programme has been awarded a UK national prize by the -Learning Network for: e ‘The best example of supporting learners online’ 10 th November 2006
Lessons Learned • Engagement must have support of decision makers in the recipient organisation • Tailored training • Context is an imperative • Content doesn’t just happen • Sustainability doesn’t just happen
Biggest Lesson The early bird may get the worm, but …………. It’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!! Steven Wright
Contact Details Vernon Jones Deputy Director & Commercial Manager SYe. LP 6 th Floor, Derwent House 150 Arundel Gate Sheffield S 1 2 JY Tel: 0114 205 3245 Fax: 0114 205 3242 Mobile: 07795 2909