Technology training launched

A new directory training courses in Wales includes the UK’s first higher level modern apprenticeship in micro- and nanotechnology

A new Directory of High Level Skills Training in Wales has been launched, which includes the UK’s first higher level modern apprenticeship in micro- and nanotechnology.

Over 240 new high level training courses have been developed to meet the needs of business and industry with financial support from the Welsh Assembly’s Knowledge Exploitation Fund (KEF) and further European funding.

Available on line, the directory covers training in science, engineering, technology and innovation with courses grouped into three keys areas: advanced manufacturing, innovation and sustainability.

It will help Welsh companies acquire the skills needed to maximise the benefits of technology transfer from academia to industry, which is considered vital for the development of competitive businesses.

To date more than 5,500 employees throughout Wales have taken part in pilot training modules that have directly benefited more than 2300 SMEs.

The KEF funding enabled industry to work with higher and further education institutions and the Skills Sector Councils to identify training needs and fill any gaps in provision.

The flexible courses comprise online and on site training, and range from NVQ3 equivalent to A level standard up to NVQ5 – equivalent to a postgraduate degree.

The directory also features the UK‘s first Masters degree in business and law designed specifically for entrepreneurs starting their own businesses to enable them to develop a breadth of expertise in all areas of business and commercial law.

Seventeen students who enrolled on this course in January 2007 have since set up 14 new ventures.