Cranfield offers free re-skilling opportunities

Cranfield University is to offer individuals directly impacted by the current economic crisis an opportunity to re-skill and redirect their careers to take advantage of identified skills shortages in areas such as environmental technology and composite design.

The University is offering free places on selected short courses under the Higher Education Funding Council for England, Economic Challenge Investment Fund (ECIF) for sector re-skilling. The courses are intended to help qualified individuals who have recently been made redundant to secure employment with a new employer, potentially in a new sector. The initiative will also help businesses who are looking to re-skill their employees in preparation for the economic up-turn.

Dr Brian McIntosh, programme leader for Cranfield's postgraduate programme, said: "This funding will enable us to address the re-skilling needs of individuals and businesses, and to address growing skills shortages in the UK, such as in the environmental technology and utility sectors."

The University received almost £500,000 overall through the ECIF, of which nearly £150,000 will focus on offering engineers and scientists expertise and development to help them secure a sustainable future.

You can benefit from a free short course if you are currently unemployed, expect to be made redundant, or you are on reduced time working arrangements with a present employer due to the current economic downturn.

As an example, Cranfield said: "If you are a science graduate who has been working in the financial sector, you can use the initiative to support your redeployment in another sector such as the water industry.

J Cunningham

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