BT Business Direct and Microsoft Offer Simple Licensing Solution For Schools

Business computing specialist BT Business Direct has begun offering an easy and cost-effective way for schools and colleges to stay on top of software licensing.

Enrolment for Education Solutions (EES) from Microsoft Volume Licensing has been designed to provide primary and secondary schools, and higher and further education establishments, with a simple way to manage licenses for their desktop platform software.

The package, which is available now through BT Business Direct, offers academic institutions access to various Microsoft Enterprise products including Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 and Windows 7 Enterprise Upgrade. These products can then be licensed in any quantity.

For complete convenience, institutions that take out Microsoft EES only need to complete one annual employee headcount of full-time employees, who work more than 200 hours per year. Products with institution-wide licenses can be run on all institution-owned or leased devices, which means if an institution does take on new members of staff, they’ll be covered.

Adding new products is also simple, and these can be licensed on an individual, departmental or organisation-wide basis.

Alex Critchley, Licensing Specialist at BT Business Direct, said: “Microsoft EES takes the hassle out of licensing software across large organisations which have numerous desktop machines. With EES, system administrators know that the products being used are fully covered, ensuring peace of mind all round.

“The aim of this product is to make it as simple as possible for institutions such as schools, public libraries and museums (Schools only) to have access to the correct licenses for the products they are running. And to make budgeting even simpler, EES can be paid for via annual payments with a one or three-year term options to protect the pricing in today’s turbulent market.”

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Fit for Promotion Thanks to NCC Home Learning!

An NCC Home Learning student who has recently completed the Criminal Psychology Diploma Level 4, has now been awarded a promotion within the Scottish police force!

The student was promoted from a Police Constable to a Detective in the Scottish Police Force thanks to NCC’s qualification in Criminal Psychology.

After studying the Level 3 Diploma Certificate in Criminology, the student began searching for other courses in order to progress to a BSC (Hons) in Psychology, when they came across the Criminal Psychology course provided by NCC Home Learning as part of their criminology diploma courses.

The soon to be Detective expressed an interest in this course as the Criminal Psychology Diploma examines the history of crime and punishment and explores different theories of offending before examining the psychology of violent crime.

The Detective Constable of the Scottish Police Force, stated: “The modules overlapped nicely, giving a gentle introduction to the oncoming module. The study itself was challenging but not overwhelming. The feedback from my tutor was always dynamic, concise, relevant and above all, constructive and encouraging.”

On completion of the Criminal Psychology Diploma the now Detective Constable contacted NCC Home Learning to say “Thank you for all the help and assistance that you have provided throughout the course. I’m sure that you will be pleased to learn that as a consequence of the course, I’ve managed to secure a Detective Constable post within the Scottish Police Force. Your feedback was instrumental in helping me achieve this, so thank you again!”

They continued by saying: “I would heartily recommend this course to anyone considering an introduction into the career of Psychology. It is very handy to have on the CV!”

The Detective of the Scottish Police Force is a prime example of how NCC Home learning’s courses help to develop students’ skills and further their knowledge, in order to progress in their career.

If you require further information on our Criminal Psychology course then please visit our Forensics and Criminology Faculty:

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UIC English Homestay In London

If you have spent any time in the UK, you probably understand the importance of having strong English skills. No matter how well you do your job, in order to succeed professionally here, you need a solid grasp of the language. In addition, English is also considered to be the international language of business. So if you want to do business anywhere in the world, the ability to effectively communicate and understand English will help you enormously. In addition to benefiting your professional life, English skills can also benefit your social life especially here in the UK. There are huge benefits to having strong English skills.

London is a place where English skills are imperative for success and it is also an ideal place to learn the language. Taking If you have spent any time in the UK, you probably understand the importance of having strong English skills. No matter how well you do your job, in order to succeed professionally here, you need a solid grasp of the language. In addition, English is also considered to be the international language of business. So if you want to do business anywhere in the world, the ability to effectively communicate and understand English will help you enormously. In addition to benefiting your professional life, English skills can also benefit your social life especially here in the UK. There are huge benefits to having strong English skills.

London is a place where English skills are imperative for success and it is also an ideal place to learn the language. Taking English courses in London with UIC is a great way to learn. UIC is ideally located in the centre of London. Students will enjoy the unique exposure to the language that London offers while attending a well established school. UIC offers a wonderful variety of courses.

For those visiting from far away, the school also offers excellent options for accommodation. One of those options is the homestay. Homestay options are available in all areas of the city. UIC London English language school understands the importance of placing students in accommodation where they are comfortable and they take the task of doing so very seriously. The accommodation agency that places UIC London students in appropriate accommodation is accredited by the British Council.

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Rave Reviews for NCC Home Learning’s Wedding Planning Course!

The reviews are in for NCC Home Learning’s Wedding Planning courses and there is nothing but praise from the distance learning students!

NCC Home Learning’s Wedding Planner diploma is a practical programme where you learn to become a qualified Wedding Planner.

The Wedding Planning home learning courses are also suitable if someone is planning their own wedding and have been exclusively authored by the gentleman who organised Madonna and Guy Ritchie’s spectacular wedding and also Robbie Williams’ 30th birthday party!

Not only are Students able to learn how to plan a wedding efficiently, they are also able to gain an accredited qualification with NCC Home Learning and even set up their own business by bundling the Wedding Planning Diploma course with our amazing Business Start-up for Today’s Entrepreneur course.

R. Price a current student with NCC Home Learning said: “I am really enjoying the Wedding Planner Diploma course and the feedback I am getting from my tutor is really good!”

K. Dyer studied the Wedding Planning course, stated: “I was delighted with my Wedding Planner course. It covered every aspect of planning a wedding and on top of this covered how to set up and promote my own wedding planning business.”

The Wedding Planner Diploma gives students the knowledge and skills they need to plan every aspect of the perfect Wedding, which is why it has received such highly acclaimed reviews from students.

NCC Home Learning aim to provide the option of distance learning for everyone, they enable you to train around your busy life style, making it easier to educate yourself or staff members.

If you require further information on our Wedding Planning courses and Events management diploma then please visit:

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New York City PE And Health Professionals Support The Inclusion Of Physical Education And Health Education As ‘Core Academic Subjects’

Perhaps in response to a package of five Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) bills introduced on September 15 the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP) has scheduled a ‘mark up’ of ESEA reauthorization language for Tuesday, October 18. This means the full Committee will meet to offer and vote on amendments and then vote the bill out of Committee.

“The introduction of legislative language will certainly help to direct the discussion of what issues and language should be included in any ESEA reauthorization package and could fuel discussion during the Oct. HELP Committee‘mark up’. We expect our legislators to support the bill that will improve current status of physical education and health education. I want to mention that most New York City public schools administrators have very positive perceptions of physical education. Research paper ‘Principals’ Physical Education Perception in New York City Public Schools’ (Howard Z. Zeng, Brooklyn College) published in the Supplement to Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport (March 2011) reflects that principals truly view physical education as an academic discipline. They also agree that without PE, our students will not be fully developed. Parents’ perceptions of physical education are positive as well. According to a 2002 study by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE), 84% of parents had a positive perception of physical education in general, and 81% of parents believed that daily PE should be mandatory. Additionally, research has shown that 79.3% of parents revealed that their child’s physical education grade was as important as grades earned in academics (James, Griffin and France, 2005),” said Srecko Mavrek, President of Exercise Science/Sports Medicine Section of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NYS AHPERD).

Many New York State PE and health professionals have contacted their federal legislators – to work to finalize the language. In their letters to Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles E. Schumer, they urge them to support the inclusion of physical education and health education as ‘core academic subjects’ during the ESEA reauthorization process. A copy of the letter was sent to the U.S. Congressman Jose E. Serrano. This important recognition would have a significant impact on students’ educational outcomes and help them to develop healthy and active lifestyles.

Both quality physical education and health education are critical components of educating the whole child, helping students to become health literate, understand the benefits of a physically active lifestyle, model and practice healthful behaviors, and adopt a lifelong commitment to healthy living. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) 2006 School Health Policies and Programs Study (SHPPS), only 6.4% of elementary schools, 20.6% of middle schools and 35% of high schools required instruction in all 14 essential health topics. In fact, most students receive only about 4 hours per year of health education. At a time when one-third of our nation’s children are overweight or obese, we must take advantage of every strategy to encourage schools to provide quality physical education, which increases physical competence, physical activity participation and health-related fitness. Moreover, a recent CDC recent report provides evidence that physical education and physical activity can help improve academic achievement, including grades and standardized test scores. It also positively affects cognitive skills and behavior, and enhances concentration and memory.

“Accordingly, New York City PE and health professionals strongly urge their federal legislators to support the inclusion of physical education and health education as‘core subjects’ during the ESEA reauthorization process to improve both the health and academic achievement of our nation’s youth,” said Mavrek.

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Able Skills To Lead The Way In Electrical Training

Able Skills has announced a number of courses and evening classes available for those wishing to study electrical training including the new City and Guilds 2357 qualification.

The City and Guilds 2357 electrical qualification is set to be the only route into the electrical industry now that the C&G 2330 has reached the end of its registration period. This new qualification is designed to suit those who are new to the electrical industry as well as those who are existing practitioners, similar to the expired technical certificates (C&G 2330) and NVQs (C&G 2356).

Able Skills are one of the few training providers that offer evening classes in the City and Guilds 2357 qualification, allowing flexible hours for those studying and further displaying the company’s commitment to trades training.

As well as the new qualification, Able Skills are also offering courses in solar electrical training and courses for those wishing to become domestic installers and electricians, with the latter courses available to be studied at weekends for those who can’t study during the week.

Gary Measures, Able Skills director, said: “Able Skills are committed to providing the latest electrical courses at our dedicated training centres. We provide every accredited electrical qualification and our highly qualified and experienced instructors are among some of the best in the country.”

The new City and Guilds 2357 electrical qualification joins many other courses that are part of Able Skills training portfolio including electrical training, tiling training and plastering training.

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5 Stars for NCC Home Learning!

NCC Home Learning is extremely happy to announce that they have been awarded 5 stars due to their unprecedented distance learning service.

This incredible honour comes as no surprise to NCC as they pride themselves on quality customer service, ensuring that each and every one of their customers are continuously happy with their distance learning material.

With an outstanding 91% of customer recommendations, it is no wonder that NCC Home Learning can now pride themselves as a 5 star distance learning resource.

Samiasheikh, a student of NCC Home Learning said: “I would definitely recommend a home learning course as I could study at home in my own time around the children as well as working at the same time.”

A Psychology of Criminal Profiling student also said: “I would like to thank NCC on making learning from home a fun way to learn, not only did I pass the course, but I was under no pressure for time and I got it completed quite quickly.”

NCC Home Learning aim to provide the option of distance learning and home study for everyone, they enable you to train and study around your busy life style making it easier to educate yourself or staff members with quality home learning courses. By studying one of the 5 star distance learning courses you can continue on with your job or study from home without having to sacrifice anything from your regular day to day life which offers greater flexibility for many people.

If you happen to be interested in studying a distance learning course such as teaching assistant courses online or any psychology courses and you would like more information then please visit:

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Higher education course directory now lists more than 17,000 masters courses from all over the world, it has been revealed.

The website, which looks to match British students with domestic and overseas higher learning institutions, recently broke the milestone and managing director Andy Pritchard suggested its user-friendly design and wide variety of different choices had been central to its recent success, which has also seen scores of students sign up.

Mr Pritchard said he had been encouraged by the growing interest the website has attracted over the last few months and expressed upbeat sentiments about its future prospects, pointing out that the variety of courses listed on is continuing to increase all the time.

“We’re very pleased that more and more universities from the UK, Europe and beyond are listing their masters degrees on,” he explained. “As well as the 17,000 courses we now feature over 1,200 student profiles and hundreds of videos to help give students a full picture of what to expect from the courses on offer.”

Mr Pritchard added that with competition in the UK employment market having grown particularly intense in recent years, having a masters degree can make a world of difference to graduates’ career prospects and really make them stand out from the crowd when applying for jobs.

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NCC Launches Food Hygiene At An Exceptional Price Of £9.99

Learners are now able to access training for less than £10.00 in the crucial business area of Food Hygiene. NCC has just released a self contained portfolio which can be studied at home, or in a work situation.

NCC’s workbook contains appropriate and up to date underpinning knowledge and activities/questions which will help to determine that sufficient knowledge has been understood by the learner. In addition, learners are required to complete a short multiple-choice end test to confirm that a satisfactory grade has been achieved. For all learners who are successful, a Certificate of Achievement from NCC will be provided. For those learners who wish to receive a certificate from an external Awarding Body, for an additional fee of £15 a certificate from the Awarding Body NCFE can also be applied for.

Tony Smith, Managing Director NCC, confirms that a significant amount of interest has been received following news that food hygiene training for can now be achieved for an unprecedented price of £9.99. At NCC we are always looking to add value to our ever growing portfolio of home learning courses and at this time many popular programmes are on offer to help learners progress with their education, whether this is to support a job application, such as for a Teaching Assistant or Events management diploma or to update qualifications such as distance learning A Levels.

The Food Standards Agency state that: “Food handlers must receive appropriate supervision, and be instructed and/or trained in food hygiene, to enable them to handle food safely. Those responsible for developing and maintaining the business’s food safety procedures, based on HACCP principles, must have received adequate training”.

“The requirements for training should be seen in the context of the nature and size of the business. There is no legal requirement to attend a formal training course or get a qualification, although many businesses may want their staff to do so. The necessary skills may also be obtained in other ways, such as through on-the-job training, self-study or relevant prior experience. The operator of the food business is responsible for ensuring this happens”.

With over 250 courses available and with programmes starting at £9.99 there has never been a better time to study home courses with NCC. There is also a standard fee of £9.99 for shipping and posting so we advise to buy in bundles to save on pennies!

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Able Skills To Open New Renewable Energy Centre In Bradford

Able Skills is to open its first training centre away from its headquarters in Dartford, Kent. The new centre is the first evidence of a national expansion from the company and the latest development in Able Skills’ partnership with Vokera.

The new centre, which will open on January 9th, 2012, will offer courses in ground source heat pump training, solar thermal training, a MCS workshop and a route to accreditation, product training on Vokera boilers, renewable energy awareness training, onsite and offsite support from design through to installation and commissioning and a route to the Vokera installer network with additional benefits and rewards.

With Able Skills’ firm reputation for renewable training and quality and Vokera’s excellent reputation established from its boiler production and sales, and their range of renewable technologies such as solar thermal kits and air to water heat pumps, the partnership provides excellent resources for those seeking to work in the renewable energy industry.

Jed Smith, Head of Renewables at Able Skills, said: “Both Vokera and Able Skills are forward thinking organisations, the partnership almost formed itself as both companies were aiming for the same levels of quality and services within the renewables industry. Vokera have good quality products and we have good quality training delivery and possibly the best training facility in the UK.”

Able Skills and Vokera will also exhibit at PHEX: The Plumbing and Heating Exhibition, which takes place on October 11th/12th at Old Trafford and on November 23rd at Stamford Bridge. Stamford Bridge is the largest and the most popular of the annual PHEX Exhibition venues where over 110 stands will feature the sector’s top suppliers and manufacturers will demonstrate their latest products and services. Old Trafford will feature over 80 stands displaying the latest industry products.

The announcement of the new centre in Bradford follows the news that Able Skills is to open a new solar PV centre at its Kent headquarters. The company also opened a renewable energy centre in November last year dedicated to delivering training in various aspects of Renewable Technology.

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Able Skills was launched in 2002 and is now firmly established as one of the leaders in the delivery of Construction Training and is currently in the position of being able to offer qualifications in every subject it covers, right up to NVQ level 3. Programmes include electrical courses, intensive plumbing courses, painting and decorating courses and gas courses and commercial gas courses.

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Able Skills Opens New Solar PV Centre

Able Skills has opened a new solar photovoltaic (PV) centre at its headquarters in Dartford.

The new centre has bigger roofs and the latest technology, providing students with a more realistic learning experience and helping Able Skills deliver the latest solar PV qualifications. The investment in new solar PV centre demonstrates the company’s dedication to renewable energy training, with Able Skills committed to teaching the next generation of engineers.

With the growing popularity in renewable energies and the cost of such technologies becoming more and more affordable, the demand for Solar Photovoltaic installer and maintenance qualified electricians is forever increasing. Able Skills now provided two courses, one catering for fully qualified electricians and the other catering for fully qualified domestic electrical installers.

The City & Guilds 2399 (11-12) is a Photovoltaic training programme aimed at any qualified electricians. To apply for this course, applicants would be required to hold a C&G 2330 Level 2 & 3 with the 2391 Inspection & Testing or a City & Guilds NVQ Level3 or a Term served validation from a company stating their work and time served as a qualified electrician.

Alternatively, interested parties can undertake the NICEIC route which is aimed towards Domestic Electrical Installers. Able Skills currently offers a package deal that will take applicants from the very beginning, right the way through to becoming a fully domestic Solar PV installer.

Gary Measures, Director of Able Skills said: “Able Skills are proud to open this new cutting-edge centre which demonstrates our commitment to renewable energy training. With bigger roofs and better facilities, students will benefit from a more realistic learning experience.”

As well as the solar PV courses, Able Skills offers a number of other programmes for those interested in working within the renewable energy industry. With a purpose built Renewable Technology centre, Able Skills is perfectly equipped to demonstrate every aspect of renewable technology for those on electrical courses or plumber courses, including ground source and air source heat pumps, underfloor hot water heating systems, rainwater harvesting and wind turbines among others.

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Learn that Second Language at UIC

There’s constantly a large demand for the learning of another language, with plenty of people requiring it for work, travel, relationship and other reasons. There’s always one major stumbling block though, it’s rather difficult and takes a long time.

For those looking to learn a second language there are many different options available such as buying a CD or downloading a podcast, investing in a course book or using the internet. But by far the most successful method is to actual learn in a classroom with a trained teacher and a group of like-minded individuals.

There are many schools across the UK and London that you can study at and UIC is one which suit’s the needs of many individuals perfectly. Because the majority of classes are held in the evening, students can still hold down a busy social, work and family life yet cram in plenty of practise and learning every week. The programmes generally last for 10 weeks and take place once a week for two hours.

UIC is a great place to attend if you are looking to improve on or begin your journey with any of the following: French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Chinese, Italian and Japanese. Whether you plan on going travelling, fancy a change in career, or you just want to pick up a new hobby, UIC can help your progress.

At UIC there are also special courses which are for companies who wish to teach a whole workforce or key individuals a new language. Perhaps you require someone with Japanese to clinch the next big business deal, you’ve expanded to parts of Europe and need French and Spanish phone operators or maybe a trip further a field is on the cards? UIC will design a course suited to you and it can take place in your residence or at the UIC Centre.

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Flexible Options For Language Classes At SGI

Now in its 50th year of teaching, St George International (SGI) is offering more flexible and student-orientated ways to learn a language than ever before. These new courses build upon the school’s already broad programme, which includes chances to learn across the UK and other locations.

St George International’s latest course packages allow for flexible learning by letting the learner purchase nine hours of lessons, which can then be used as and when the learner wishes. New pricing also provides more options for a range of budgets; students can have private lessons with one or two friends or colleagues and a teacher, with prices starting from £11 plus VAT each an hour. One-to-one private lessons start at just £28 plus VAT an hour.

It is not only the lessons that are designed to fit around the learners. SGI’s main school is located in Fitzrovia, central London. The school is well equipped with the latest range of learning tools. But for anything from Russian to French courses London is not the only location students can choose. SGI has a 2,000-strong team of highly qualified teachers based around the UK, offering classes both in the daytime and the evening. Fancy getting away from it all? Study in Nice, Barcelona or Berlin with SGI’s partner schools to learn a language in the native country.

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