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QCA Leads on Learning

This week marks Adult Learner’s Week for 2005, and to celebrate this the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) is embarking on a series of events actively promoting adult learning in a number of ways, with events both for employees of the QCA and those involved externally to participate in.

Amongst the events being organised are work shadowing schemes, drop in sessions involving members of the Board, discussion forums focussing on E ““ learning and opportunities to engage in interactive demonstrations of openQUALS, the QCA’s online qualifications information site containing details on more than 5,000 nationally accredited qualifications.

Young Person’s Mentoring Scheme

One of the schemes being pioneered by the QCA in conjunction with the London Central Education Business Alliance (LCEBA) is the Young Person’s Mentoring Scheme. Being piloted this week, the programme allows employees of the QCA to become involved in supporting students entering GCSE’s, allowing them to offer support and guidance during their preparations.

Rob Williamson, Mentoring Manager for the LCEBA, said: “We are thrilled that an organisation such as the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority is taking such an active role in our mentoring programme and look forward to the valuable contribution their employees will make.”

QCA has supported Adult Learners Week since its inception and this year, for the second year running, has sponsored a Learning Works Award. Mary Curnock Cook, Director of the Qualifications and Skills division at the QCA, will present the award at the Learning at Work Day awards ceremony on Thursday 26 May 2005.

“The QCA is passionate about qualifications and learning and applauds those adults who commit their time and energy to continuing their self development”, commented Mary.

Jethro Marsh

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