Reporter 420, 11 May 1998


City and Guilds - a licence to learn

Clerical staff and student union sabbatical officers joined forces with staff, students and guests to promote City and Guilds qualifications at a recent event charting the University's growing interest in the awards.

Leeds is the first university in the country to offer a one-year Licentiateship award to clerical staff (without linking it to a degree) and the Staff and Departmental Development Unit hopes to extend the scheme to technicians. This year sabbatical officers are also working towards a Licentiateship. Education officer Bec McCall said: "The process of recognising and recording the skills we're learning is invaluable."

More and more undergraduates are studying for Licentiateships which, through their emphasis on applying personal skills in the workplace, are proving invaluable in the graduate jobs market.

"The qualifications are an excellent way for both students and staff to get the most out of their work by recognising the skills they have developed," said University Pro-Chancellor Colonel Alan Roberts, President of the City and Guilds Association. Over half the University's departments are expected to be involved in City and Guilds within the next five years.

The Licentiateship is just one of many senior awards offered by the City and Guilds of London Institute. Last month Vice-Chancellor Professor Alan Wilson received his diploma of Fellowship, the Institute's highest award.

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