Short courses

Launch of short courses to develop STEM skills

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Short courses to help employees gain STEM skills will start rolling out later this month, the government has announced.
Sixty-five courses on topics including artificial intelligence, digitization of manufacturing, digital construction, agricultural robotics and cybersecurity will be delivered at 10 institutes of technology (IoT) across England. They will involve a mix of classroom and online study and range in duration from 50 to 138 hours, allowing employees to tailor learning to their work and other commitments. Priority places will be given to locally employed IoT workers, as IoTs have worked in partnership with local employers to develop courses that fill their skills gaps. For example, the Black Country and Marches IoT will offer courses for the medical technology and engineering sectors, including a course on anesthesia and operating theater equipment. Classes will be offered to 4,000 active adults aged 19 and over. “Ensuring that more people can train and develop at any stage of their life to obtain highly skilled and well-paid jobs is at the heart of our plans,” said Minister of Higher Education, Michelle Donelan. “These fantastic new courses will open up more training alternatives for adults, close the skills gaps in our economy, and increase opportunities across the country.” From September 2022, the government will start introducing new higher technical qualifications, which fall between A-levels and diplomas and are aimed at adults who want to further their education.