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Electric Paper brings e-learning to UK prisons

Electric Paper has begun the roll-out of its computer based training and testing solutions to 57 prisons across the UK.

The rollout of Electric Paper materials follows a successful pilot project with the Yorkshire & Humberside Prison Services, where Electric Paper materials were made available to inmates to study for the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL). To date, there has been a 100% pass rate by those that have taken ECDL examination - including several learners who had not previously used computers.

Elaine Morris, National IT Project Manager at the Department for Education and Skills (DfES), explained, "Finding and holding down a job after release has a big impact on inmates' success in the community. Many of our learners have struggled with a lot in life and have not enjoyed adequate training opportunities. Electric Paper provided the ideal training solution, which presumes little or no prior knowledge of computers. The highly interactive courseware is easy to follow and allows students to learn at their own pace."

She went on to say, "We looked at six different providers before choosing Electric Paper. The quality of the learning experience which retains users' attention and delivers knowledge effectively was one of its winning points."

"Electric Paper's solution has proven to be extremely effective as courses are built around user-friendly simulations, which remove the need to install and support expensive desktop applications. These realistic simulations allow essential Internet and e-mail skills to be acquired - without actually going online. This was a vital requirement as inmates do not have access to the Internet."

Commenting on the project, Electric Paper Managing Director, Jonny Parkes said, "Being competent with a computer provides work and life skills advantages. We are pleased to help inexperienced computer users to achieve an internationally recognised ECDL qualification that is valued by employers."

"This relationship demonstrates our ability to work directly with the public service in the UK to create solutions that achieve measurable outcomes and yield solid returns on investment, continued Parkes. "We enjoy an excellent working relationship with the UK Prison Service and are optimistic about the roll-out of our offering across the prison system."

In addition to 5 prisons in the initial pilot and a further 10 institutions that are independently deploying Electric Paper's solution, the Prisons ICT Academy (PICTA) is rolling the programme out to 18 Prisons in England. The programme will also be used in 24 institutions under the Prison Service Plus initiative.

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