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Shaping your employment potential

The aim is to make people more suitable to the workplace, cut down training cost and boost career opportunities.

EDEXCEL INTERNATIONAL, an awarding body, offering academic and vocational qualifications in the United Kingdom and 112 other countries across the world, has entered into an agreement with the Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE) to introduce the BTEC Higher National Diploma (BTEC HND) course.

The aim of the course, says Nick Sansome, director, International Solutions, Edexcel International, "is to make people more suitable for the workplace so that the organisations may not have to reinvest in training them." Mr. Sansome was on a visit to Bangalore recently.

Edexcel, he adds, "will design the syllabus so as to facilitate stand-alone delivery of the HNDs. The qualification will help in getting degree placements overseas. It will also provide a vocational teacher training qualification to the ISTE members."

Students of colleges recognised by ISTE will be eligible for BTEC besides employment and higher education opportunities across the world.

The three key subjects of BTEC are Business, Computing and Information Technology, besides Art and Design and six other subjects.

The Higher National Diploma in Business comprises 16 units, eight core and eight optional. Students who are at least 18 years of age (10+2) in any discipline are eligible for the course.

Working professionals with experience are also eligible. The fee structure of this course consists of a package of 250 Pounds along with the tuition fees of Rs. 25,000 per year. The duration of the course is two years.

On successful completion of the course, students will get credits to pursue undergraduate courses in the U.K. and the United States.

They could also look out for placement opportunities in marketing positions in private sector banks and companies related to insurance, automobile and pharmaceuticals, among others.

Former Bangalore University Vice-Chancellor, N.R. Shetty, says the Higher National Diploma will help a student acquire professional knowledge and vocational skills, not very common in this country.

The course will also enhance his/her employment potential worldwide.

Incidentally, the Nitte Institute of Technology is one of the first in Karnataka to partner with Edexcel to offer the BTEC HND programme.

For more information on the course, visit the Edexcel website at www.edexcel.org.uk or call Ph: 2370 6235.

Edexcel was formed in 1996 by the merger of two organisations in the U.K., BTEC (the Business & Technology Education Council) and ULEAC (the University of London Examinations and Assessment Council).

Both were leaders in their respective fields of academic and vocational qualifications.

Now, Edexcel provides a very wide range of qualifications to cater to different needs and learning styles.

RASHEED KAPPAN

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