Vernon Jones
Deputy Director & Commercial Manager
The South Yorkshire e-Learning Programme
• Sheffield, Barnsley, Rotherham, Doncaster
• c1.5 million population
• Former coal mining and steel manufacturing
community
• (Formerly) Area of economic deprivation
judged on EU standards
• Also some isolated rural communities
• e-learning driving much of the regeneration
• European Union funded
Objectives
• increase educational attainment
• address social inclusion
• reduce the digital divide
• increase the skills base to attract inward
investment by high technology companies
• increase the ability and competitiveness of the
business community in South Yorkshire
• Overall, since starting in 2000 and including the
feasibility study, the programme will have invested
over £72million on computer infrastructure, ICT
training and skills training over six years.
cluster
networks of
370 SMEs
network of 149
organisations
SMEs
SMEs
feeder primary schools
High tech
manufacturing
Creative &
Digital
all secondary
schools
SMEs
student
tracking
Environmental
all FE colleges
SMEs
Bio-sciences
sub-regional
VLE 24/7
content
repository
SMEs
community
access
Financial
Services
SMEs
30% general
Libraries, community
centres etc.
© e-sy.info
What is on offer to SMEs and why?
• Site budget for –
–Hardware
–Software
–Staff development
• To create a learning culture throughout South Yorkshire
• To raise the skills levels of individuals and organisations
throughout South Yorkshire
• To enhance companies development of ICT and e-learning
What Training is Offered?
Basic Skills
Literacy
Numeracy
Management
Meetings Skills
Health & Safety
Equal Opportunities
Appraisals
Basic ICT Skills
The Internet & e-Mail
Keyboard Skills
ECDL
HR Management
Advanced ICT Skills
E-commerce
Networks
Internet Security
Web Page Design
Hardware Support
Personal
& Workplace
Time Management
Health & Safety
Communication
Presentation Skills
Communication Skills
Equal Opportunities
Health & Safety
Legislation
MS Office Skills
Word
Excel
Access Outlook
Powerpoint
Recruitment as at September 2005
450
400
Target
350
Total
300
Sheffield
250
Rotherham
200
Barnsley
150
Doncaster
100
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SMEs we have now recruited 450
SMEs throughout the sub-region
Course Enrolments
Total Number of Enrolments & Individuals
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Evaluation & Monitoring System
•
Recruitment -
assesses suitability of engaged SMEs.
•
Addtionality –
value added to the business.
•
Displacement – effect upon the business with regard
to its competitors.
•
Multiplier Effect – influence on the local economy.
•
Deadweight – the value the SME places on the service
provided.
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Delivery & Impact – satisfaction and integration.
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VLE & Content – capability to meet SME expectations.
e-sy.info® Gets ‘SEEL’ of Approval
The e-sy.info® programme, which is revolutionising
learning opportunities in South Yorkshire, has been
awarded the very first prestigious SEEL
Quality for e-Learning Regions and Cities Award 2004
‘In the view of the panel, South Yorkshire’s e-learnin
programme is a model that could be transferred and
adapted to other regions in Europe’
E-Learning Networks Award
The e-sy.info programme has been
awarded a UK national prize by the
e-Learning Network for:
‘The best example of supporting
learners online’
10th November 2006
Lessons Learned
• Engagement must have support of decision
makers in the recipient organisation
• Tailored training
• Context is an imperative
• Content doesn’t just happen
• Sustainability doesn’t just happen
Biggest Lesson
The early bird may get the worm, but ………….
It’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!!
Steven Wright
Contact Details
Vernon Jones
Deputy Director & Commercial Manager
SYeLP
6th Floor, Derwent House
150 Arundel Gate
Sheffield
S1 2JY
Tel: 0114 205 3245
Fax: 0114 205 3242
Mobile: 07795 2909
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