Comic Relief and Norfolk Community Foundation support ACE technology project with £3,000 grant
ACE have launched a technology project designed to develop the IT skills and abilities of all their students. They have reinvested their surplus for 2014/15 to improve the facilities at the centre in Rackheath including an upgrade of the IT infrastructure with the purchase of a new server, Wi-Fi, desk top, laptop and tablet computers all designed to support the work of students and staff.
ACE are delighted to announce that Comic Relief have helped them in their quest to develop their student’s IT skills by providing them with a grant for £3,000 to purchase tablet computers and a storage/charging unit for student classroom use, which will improve the flexibility and access of IT usage across the centre.
The Equip ACE -Technology project is being championed by Sam Duvall, the Head of Engagement at ACE, Sam is passionate about the importance of IT skills and the positive holistic impact they can have on an individual’s confidence and employability.
Sam explained that “Working in a teaching environment where we support a range of student with varying needs, it is important to ensure we make the learning accessible to all. Technology plays a huge part in helping students to develop skills through interactive activities and web based resources. It is also a way of helping students to document work and store portfolio documents securely whilst completing qualification units. It is important we encourage the use of technology as it features so heavily in everyday life, it is important that our students are aware of how to use IT creatively, productively and safely.”
The grant from Comic Relief will enable ACE to improve the IT usage of our students which will support their development in many ways including: helping them with their studies, for example, accessing online research; helping them to develop new skills
which are necessary to gain accreditation for their course and are valuable for the workplace; develop CVs and engage in job search activities and develop life skills, i.e., understand and use the gov.uk site.
At the moment, our Training Centre is still open, and we intend to remain so for as long as safely possible. We are taking additional precautions to safeguard the health and well-being of our students, teaching staff and other employees:
We have increased the frequency with which we clean all our offices and are ensuring the cleaning standards are consistent with government advice. Students and staff are being encouraged to frequently hand wash and keep contact to a minimum.
We have restricted movement outside the training centre and have cancelled any non-essential meetings and visits.
We will try to keep learning disruption to our students to a minimum, even in the event of a partial closure of the Training Centre. Where possible, students will be provided with learning resources to continue their learning at home, with telephone or internet support provided, as appropriate. You will be advised of this as the situation develops and in line with updated Government policy and advice.
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