On-line courses help boost skills

Lantra teams up with industry to offer new skills and investigate areas for development

Training group Lantra has teamed up with the Institute of Groundsmanship to deliver a range of on-line courses that are designed to help develop the learning and skills of its members and other workers in the land-based and environmental sectors. The partnership is promoting www.clicktolearn.org.uk, a website dedicated to developing people and businesses, and encouraging the learning of new skills and the development of existing ones. The site offers flexibility to those people who would otherwise be restricted by the responsibilities of a full-time job — study can be undertaken at a time and place that suits the individual, as long as computer access is available. IoG education and training manager David Winn said: “The website provides IT courses at all levels, from novice through to expert. In just a few weeks, grounds staff could can improve their word processing, brush up on spreadsheet skills or even be designing their own websites. And the on-line learning is not confined just to IT, the site also offers a range of business and management courses.” Lantra is also looking to fill the skills gaps in the management of urban green spaces in a collaboration with CABE Space. Lantra chief executive Peter Martin recently met with CABE Space director Julia Thrift to progress discussions on key skills issues. The partnership aims to ensure that the skills requirements of people working in the design, management and maintenance of green spaces are fully understood. The ultimate aim is to increase the quantity and quality of open spaces that are accessible to the public.

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