Headlines: January 7th, 2002

A partnership between learning institutions in London is offering public sector workers a chance to get formal qualifications without leaving the working world behind.City University has helped develop a new work-based qualification – the foundation degree – after studies in the capital revealed a lack of skilled employees in public services management.

More than half of the places on the new foundation degree course, which is being run by City and Islington College, Queen Mary University, City University and Tower Hamlets College, have now been filled.

The foundation degree is a new, higher education qualification that aims to equip students with the technical skills, academic knowledge, and transferable skills employers want.

The new course is as firmly grounded within the work place as it is in academic learning. Students can study through a range of methods from distance learning to work-based training, either full or part-time.

More information on the new courses can be found at www.foundationdegree.org.uk