Education & Skills
Human beings are always learning, from the cradle to the grave. For some people, education is part of a long-term career plan. For others, it’s a way to earn qualifications that will get us a dream job – or simply a job. For many of us, learning is a lifelong pleasure that may bring economic benefits as a side-effect.
Over the years, there has been a shift to a more structured approach to skills for employment and life. That’s brought with it a growing need for transformational business services and IT-orientated programmes. As a leader in education, with a strong, long-term record, we’re playing our part in delivering the information, data and analysis that is essential for the sector to thrive.
With more than 250 educational experts, including members of Naace and Becta-recognised consultants, supported by thousands of education-focused staff, we’re positioned to help you, too.
Here are a few of the organisations we work with, along with some projects we’ve contributed to.
For this acclaimed further education service, we built the systems that capture, organise and forward both undergraduate and graduate applications for higher education courses. There are more than two million undergraduate applications and in excess of half-a-million postgraduate applications a year, so it was a major undertaking. The postgraduate system was even delivered 20 per cent ahead of schedule.
We’ve designed, installed and are running a set of shared services for the Managing Information Across Partners programmes. At the heart of it is a Unique Learner Number (ULN) for everyone over the age of 14 and in education. Any qualifications awarded by more than 20,000 recognised bodies are automatically added to the ULN, making it a secure, online CV. More than eight million learners have been registered so far. It’s supporting skills initiatives, such as the administration of 14-19 Diplomas or the assessment and planning of offender learning.
Learndirect is the online college and business courses provider from the University for Industry and the largest e-learning network of its kind in the world. We’ve played our part in its success as leader of the consortium that brought it to life – and enabled millions of people to gain new skills, careers and opportunities.
We also work with Ufi to develop and implement MyGuide, which helps to bridge the digital divide between Internet novices and the web. It’s a user-friendly introduction to the Internet, designed as an easy way to tackle the key barriers of accessibility, usability, motivation, skills and confidence for disadvantaged people. It’s also a key element in the Digital Inclusion strategy. So far, more than two million people have benefited. “In Logica, we had a partner who would deliver the product we wanted to a high specification,” says Robin Jeeps, head of programme development, Ufi.