The Association of Learning Providers (ALP) will today announce that they have successfully allocated £1.5 million worth of funding to support e-learning.
The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) provided the “Learning Innovation Grant” in order to support a greater use of e-learning in the workplace, as the project seeks to “encourage innovation in applying Information and Communications Technology (ICT)”.
Chris Swingler, ALP’s e-learning project manager, said: “Work-based learning providers have developed a more structured and informed approach to the use of ICT and e-learning over the last twelve months, which has led to a greater clarity about the use and benefits of ICT and e-learning for the learner and the business”.
According to a statement released yesterday, the ALP’s invitation for tenders resulted in a massive £7 million from 189 bids. Following a rigorous process, the total number was reduced to 108, with the ALP deciding that less expensive bids would result in a greater spread of provision. Accordingly, the single largest allocation amounted to £35,000.
“The overwhelming response to the tender demonstrates a clear appetite on the part of providers to explore new ways to apply ICT to learning and to develop new learning materials and learning support systems”.
The successful bids will cover a range of projects including Apprenticeships, NVQ’s, Entry to Employment and Train to Gain.
Mr Swingler added: “The Learning Innovation Grant will provide a major boost to further innovation and ALP is delighted that the LSC and providers have recognised its importance by their level of commitment towards it”.
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