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Partnership delivers learning for youth services

The Partnership for Young London, BT and the youth services of four London boroughs - Croydon, Richmond, Tower Hamlets and Westminster - have joined forces to develop new ways of delivering workforce development materials.

Known as the Ypower programme, the partnership enables each local authority to share in a managed learning service, delivering personalised learning for workers in areas including safeguarding, Common Assessment Framework (CAF), and health & safety.

Ypower can also record individuals' training requirements and track the training that has been provided.

Roger King, deputy head of Youth Services in Croydon, said: "Ypower offers much better use of learners' time, with essential information being delivered online, allowing classroom delivery to focus on more practical applications of learning."

The 'Ypower partnership' has commissioned both generic courses - such as a basic introduction to health & safety and risk assessment - and two youth service specific packages: Safeguarding Children and Young People, and Common Assessment Framework training. These e-learning programmes have been produced by Tata Interactive Systems.

Viren Lall, of BT which, with Partnership for Young London, manages the Ypower programme, said: "Ultimately, the Ypower partnership looks to create a comprehensive portfolio of online and classroom courses and make them widely available to youth services and youth organisations across the country."

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