Bradford College has secured Camel capital funding to procure new I.T equipment for a number of community and voluntary organisations. The new equipment will play a major part in improving the lives of thousands of people across the region by enhancing employment prospects and strengthening communities.
The funding secured through a joint collaboration between the Vocational & Community Education and Learning Resources Departments at Bradford College, supports government strategies relating to adult learning, increasing the number of computers accessible and helping to improve skills and knowledge using ICT on a variety of courses.
Voluntary and community organisations from across the region were invited to attend a formal presentation ceremony in a bid to learn more about the latest in new technology secured through the funding. Ronan O’Beirne, Assistant Director for Learning Development and Julie Hinchliffe, Assistant Director for Vocational & Community Education were delighted to present attendees with a variety of I.T equipment, including: laptops, data projectors, digital cameras, netbooks and desk top personal computers. This will replace out of date equipment, which often malfunctioned and hindered classes from taking place. The new equipment will also provide opportunities to reach small, remote communities, making learning accessible.
A full time member of staff has also been appointed to develop a community VLE (virtual learning environment) and provide technical support on visits to out centres. This will help community staff maximise the potential of the new technology.
Elaborating further on how learners will benefit from the equipment, Julie Hinchliffe concluded: “I’m delighted that the funding has secured the equipment here today. It will promote inclusive practices and enable learners in extremely deprived areas to have equality of access to similar resources to those who attend mainstream provision.”