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New Midlands training centre seeks to solve ICT skills shortage

A new government funded training centre offering high quality subsidised ICT training, the Coventry and Warwickshire New Technology Institute (NTI) is opening its doors and offering training at up to two-thirds the price of that available in the private sector.

The NTI has a range of accredited and non-accredited courses in information and communications technology (ICT), media and business skills. Both large companies and SMEs can take advantage of the flexible and affordable training.

The NTI will also boost the regional supply of information technology and other high-tech skills, and the transfer of technical knowledge to businesses. Research conducted by the IT employers’ organisation e-skills for the NTI has shown exactly which higher level skills are in short supply and needed to underpin future economic growth in the Coventry and Warwickshire area and wider Midlands region.

The NTI is housed in a brand new £2 million purpose built hi-tech building in the Coventry University Technology Park on the former site of Rolls Royce Engines in Coventry.

According to Vanessa Harwood-Whitcher, who heads up the NTI:

“What we are offering is what business needs. Our research has told us what companies and employees want and we have been able to spend a year putting together an innovative fresh programme of courses so intermediate, advanced and expert skills can be gained whilst working.”

“At the NTI you don’t have to commit to an expensive private short course or long college course, you can come to us and up-skill in a precise area with a minimum of time commitment. Our short flexible courses fit around workplace needs and it's possible to combine short courses to attain degree level or vendor qualifications.”

“The NTI is all about making training relevant, flexible and affordable so people and companies can actually get benefit from training from day one, using it to enhance their skills and career prospects.”

The NTI is supported by Advantage West Midlands, the Learning Skills Council, the Coventry Chamber of Commerce’s Business Link Service, Coventry University, The University of Warwick, local further education colleges, IBM, BT and Compaq and the West Midlands IT Association.

For more information on how your organisation can benefit from working with the NTI, visit the website www.nti-cw.com or contact us on 024 7679 5706 or email info@nti-cw.com


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For further information please contact: Suzanne Orsler, SOPR, Tel – 07813 131350, email – suzanneorsler@my.intervivo.com or Melanie Lawrence, Marketing Manager, Coventry and Warwickshire NTI, on 024 7679 5700, email mel@nti-cw.com.

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Coventry and Warwickshire New Technology Institute

Coventry and Warwickshire NTI is one of 19 funded by the government through the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), working in partnership with the Learning Skills Council.

The New Technology Institutes will boost the regional supply of information technology and other high-tech skills, and the transfer of technical knowledge to local businesses.

NTIs are consortia of high education institutions, further education colleges and private sector partners. They have been designed to:

• increase the number of learners receiving high quality teaching in information and communications technology (ICT) and advanced technology skills. They provide a range of courses from NVQ level 3, with pathways through to foundation degrees and on to degree level qualifications
• advise and support small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) on the effective adoption of new technology and business practices
• collaborate with local employers, regional and national organisations to identify skills gaps and to tailor NTI activity to local needs.

The key to the NTI initiative is delivering technology training in an accessible and responsive way, which is essential for both business and individuals and critical to the success of local and regional economies. NTIs work with all the key regional agencies and networks to achieve the aim of helping to close the skills gap. Learners at the NTIs have access to top class provision and SMEs can gain the technical skills to compete on national and international stages to create and sustain prosperity.

Coventry & Warwickshire NTI partners include:

Advantage West Midlands, Business Link - Coventry & Warwickshire, BT, City College – Coventry, Compaq, Coventry University, Henley College, IBM, Learning & Skills Council – Coventry & Warwickshire, Newman College of Higher Education – Birmingham, North Warwickshire & Hinckley College, Stratford-Upon-Avon College, The University of Warwick, West Midlands IT Association.

e-skills
As the Sector Skills Council for IT, Telecoms and Contact Centres, e-skills UK is the industry-driven organisation responsible for developing the quality and quantity of professional skills in these sectors. In addition, e-skills UK also has the remit to improve general skills in IT in the UK
e-skills undertake a continuous programme of research to provide a clear and up-to-date picture of the demand and supply for labour and skills within the IT, Telecoms and Contact Centres sectors.