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Extra funding for Learning Innovation Grants

The Learning and Skills Council has added an extra half a million pounds funding to the Learning Innovation Grants (LIG) project.

The project aims to promote and encourage innovation in the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the delivery of work-based learning.

Phase 1 of the LIG project in 2006 saw over £1.5 million awarded by the Association of Learning Providers on the LSC's behalf. In the first round of tendering, 189 bids were received of which 108 were successful.

The ALP believes that the response demonstrates a clear appetite on the part of providers to explore new ways to apply ICT to work-based learning and to develop new learning materials and learning support systems.

Paul Warner, ALP's operations manager, said: "We're seeing some really exciting innovations coming through from the LIG programme which can only have a positive impact on workforce productivity. It would be great to see some new bidders now come forward and make a further impact with their creative thinking."

To be eligible to apply for a grant, which under this phase should be for a minimum of £10,000 and a maximum of £50,000, the lead organisation (college or independent) must hold a LSC contract for either Apprenticeships, Train to Gain or Entry to Employment delivery as at April 2nd, 2007. Applications must be returned to ALP no later than midday on the 2nd April 2007.

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