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Senior engineers shun chance to brush up IT skills


MIDDLE AGED civil engineers are spurning European computer training subsidies, according to an information technology education organisation.

In the last seven months Britain has won funds worth £375,000 to retrain up to 600 mature construction professionals in IT skills.

But so far funding administrator Mature Professionals into IT has received only 10 applications.

Nigel Lloyd, a civil engineer and consultant to MAP IT, warned this week that the European Union would withdraw and reallocate money not taken up by June.

The IT National Training Organisation, which runs MAP IT, originally applied for the funds after realising that senior engineers lacking IT expertise could be retrained to help counter the shortage of computer literate professionals.

Under the European Social Fund scheme, the EU will pay for half the cost of courses up to £1,250 per trainee.

The money is available to construction professionals aged over 40 for training in IT subjects including networks, hardware, software and multi- media. To be eligible, engineers must be self- employed or work for a firm with less than 250 staff.

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