These facilities have been recently upgraded to include the very latest in IT technologies. With the use of computers increasing exponentially both within the workplace and at home, more and more people are becoming aware of the need to have a basic grasp of what they are about, and this desire to learn can be harnessed in many ways to develop skills across the board. Through the teaching of basic IT skills, companies such as TBG Learning can highlight and address needs in many diverse areas that may not have immediately apparent even to the learner themselves.
There are a wide variety of Government initiatives designed to help employers to build the skills base of their employees. Foundation Modern Apprenticeships (FMAs) and Advanced Modern Apprenticeships (AMAs) are two examples, taking the learner through a structured programme of training and assessment up to a National Vocational Qualification Level 3 combined with a range of key transferable skills in areas such as Communications and Information Technology. Funding towards these for employees aged between 18 and 24 can be accessed via providers such as TBG Learning, or alternatively from the new national Learning and Skills Council, which has 47 local arms all over the country. For older employees, local Colleges of Further Education ? particularly those who work with work-based learning providers like ourselves ? can provide a vast range of opportunities to build and enhance on their existing skills base.