The Associate Development Scheme at Land Rover, Lode Lane, Solihull, was chosen as a winner at yesterday’s ‘New Learning Opportunities’ awards ceremony held at Cabot Hall, Canary Wharf, London.

The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NAICE) elected Land Rover’s ADS as the winner of ‘Supporting Employees’ Learning’ category, sponsored by Employee Development Assistance Programme (EDAP). NIACE is focused on supporting and promoting the development of lifelong learning and the benefits it can provide.

NIACE annually offers awards to correspond with Adult Learners’ Week, recognising individuals and groups of adults who have benefited from learning, often overcoming barriers to learn, participating in programmes and projects that have used creative learning methods.

The Associate Development Scheme is a joint venture between the company and the trade unions and has been in operation for two years. ADS helps employees pursue non-job related education and training and has been extremely successful allowing employees to take courses both on and off-site enabling them to learn anything from Japanese to juggling. Many employees have been able to further their skills in such pursuits as language courses, golf tuition, self-defence courses and many more opportunities that appeal to the individual.

Sian Hewkin, manager of Associate Development Scheme said: "We are delighted to have won this award. The whole ethos of ADS is about encouraging individuals to learn something in their spare time that can be of benefit to them both in the short and long term.

"For the scheme itself, it shows how it has been developed and built with sustainability in mind, how we have helped develop people over a period of time and how they and we keep on learning through continuous improvement."

Published : 22/05/04 Author : Melanie Carter

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