New e-learning courses to target adult learners

Posted on 10 May 2012

As the UK gears up for this year’s Adult Learners’ Week, sector skills council for manufacturing and engineering Semta has launched a series of e-learning courses.

There will be a variety of courses available to improve on a wide range of skills, from language courses to financial management and communication skills.

With spending being squeezed at many firms, although not face-to-face teaching, e-learning provides a cost-effective way for employees to improve their performance at work and getting them in the learning habit so that they can progress within a company. Semta is now offering more than e-learning 150 courses on its website which are available for individuals or employers to buy on-line.

Susan Evans, business development director of Semta, warned employers against rejecting investment in skills at a time when the UK is suffering from a skills gap in industry.

“As the UK economy tightens once again, we know employers are looking at ways to manage expenditure across their businesses,” she said. “E-learning offers an ideal solution – allowing firms to continue to invest in the training they need to remain competitive, while maintaining flexibility and minimising costs.”

The annual Adult Learners’ Week, which is organised by the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE), is designed to inspire thousands of people each year to discover learning and prevent skills and thus the marketplace becoming static.

“Adult Learners’ Week is an annual reminder that learning does not end when someone finishes school, college or university,” commented Evans. “It’s essential for global competitiveness that employees continue to build their skills throughout their careers, so they can contribute to growth and productivity and enjoy personal success and job satisfaction.”