Students who perform above and beyond their everyday studies will now be recognised by Forth Valley College with a new Flexible Learning Award.

First recipient of the new award is HNC Business Studies student Carrie Gentles from Tullibody.
As well as coping with the demands of full time study Carrie has also committed to achieving the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) to enhance her qualifications. 

ECDL is a globally recognised information and communication technology (ICT) and digital literacy qualification consisting of seven separate modules of study.

Carrie has been supported through her extra study by the College’s Learning Development service which has included mentor support and alternative assessment arrangements. 

“Carrie has been a pleasure to work with throughout her ECDL course, with her can-do attitude and determination she now only has one exam to sit to fully achieve this qualification,” said Flexible Learning Coordinator, Lisa MacLaren.

“ECDL is brilliant additional qualification to have as it is transferrable across any career that Carrie chooses to pursue in the future.”

As well as the award Carrie will be presented with an iPad Mini which was kindly donated by Learning Nexus, a flexible learning materials supplier to the College.

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) in partnership with E-Learning healthcare specialists Aurion Learning, have extended the capacity of the Post Registration Career Development Framework website by developing a new support and supervision section.

The new section will help integrate support and supervision into the everyday practice of Nurses, Midwives and Allied Healthcare Professionals (NMAHPs) throughout Scotland.

The Post Registration Career Development Framework website is designed to provide a platform to support the continuing professional development of NMAHPs throughout Scotland.

The support and supervision section on the website contains a comprehensive competency-based toolbox of tips, guidelines and personal stories including:

·         how to provide effective support and supervision to colleagues,

·         how to make the best use of support and supervision when offered, and

·         how to introduce and maintain support and supervision structures throughout the organisation.  

The updated area also contains resources and links to help develop the knowledge and skills of those receiving and providing support and supervision to others.

 “The new section on the website was written, designed and built with NHS Education for Scotland to provide the ultimate user-friendly experience. NMAHPs can now benefit from content that is simple to access, download and apply in practice with supporting tools, programmes and resources to help them get the support and supervision they need for their long term personal and professional development.” Said Barry Kelly, Product Development Manager at Aurion Learning.

The new section on the Post Registration Career Development Framework website is the latest in a series of bespoke learning resources that Aurion Learning has developed in collaboration with the team at NES.


About the Post Registration Career Development Framework

NHS Education for Scotland is NHSScotland's national education and training Board. We are responsible for supporting NHS services to the people of Scotland through the development and delivery of education and training for all those who work in NHSScotland. We work closely with a range of partners to deliver our vision of Quality Education for a Healthier Scotland

eLearning provider Learning Nexus has partnered with awarding organisation AIM Awards to start providing eLearning courses to complement their qualification offering.

Learning Nexus are pleased to be forming a strategic partnership with Derby based, AIM Awards who are approved in the UK by Ofqual and who currently offer over 400 qualifications across the country.

Chief Executive of AIM Awards Linda Wyatt said; “I am delighted to be able to launch our partnership with Learning Nexus. This is an exciting development for AIM Awards in that we are able to provide access to high quality eLearning resources for our centres and equally offer accreditation to established Learning Nexus users”

This is the first time Learning Nexus will have qualifications attached to eLearning courses with the first two Health and Safety related titles, Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering and Level 2 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace, set for release for the start of the 2nd quarter. The partnership will allow Learning Nexus to compete in the qualifications market.

Managing Director Peter Howell said about the partnership; “we are delighted to be working with AIM Awards in order to add value to both our product portfolios”.

Aurion Learning will deliver a two day training workshop on Articulate Storyline in partnership with the Scottish E-learning Alliance in Edinburgh next month.

Designed specifically for in-house trainers, subject matter experts and those who want to design and build their own E-Learning, the workshop will provide participants with everything they need to help you create engaging rapid E-Learning using Articulate Storyline.

Held on Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 June, participants will be guided through:

  • key features of Storyline,
  • Storyline workflow,
  • development of a rapid E-Learning course including demonstrations, interactive simulations, video and narration and
  • learn how to easily integrate content with E-Learning applications and publish to SCORM for your LMS to deliver HTML5 and Flash files.

Looking ahead to the two day practical and interactive workshop, Dr. Maureen Murphy, Managing Director at Aurion Learning said:

“We have been delivering these practical and hands-on workshops to a wide client base for over a decade with tremendous success. Because our educational teams work with Articulate daily we know simplicity and power of Storyline inside out and participants at the two day workshop will be able to benefit from this expertise.”

To register and for more information about the Articulate Storyline training 2 day workshop visit the Events Page.

Date: Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 June, 2014

Time: 9.30am – 4pm

Venue: Hanover (Scotland) Housing Association Ltd, 95 McDonald Rd, Edinburgh, EH7 4NS

Digital learning healthcare specialists, Aurion Learning, has announced they will participate at the NHS E-Learning Special Interest Group (SIG) Meeting in Edinburgh later this month.

For more than 14 years, Aurion Learning has been providing expert digital learning solutions to the healthcare sector. Experts from the company will leverage this experience to share key insights and knowledge which contributes to the success stories of learning and development in healthcare organisations, including the Healthcare Executive Ireland and NHS Education for Scotland.

The event, which takes place on 24 April 2014 from 10.30am – 2.30pm at NHS Education for Scotland, Edinburgh, is open to all employees of the NHS and is organised and managed by the E-Learning Alliance. Aurion Learning will present “Digital Learning in Healthcare – success stories and lessons learnt.”

Looking ahead to the event, Gavin Woods, Business Development Manager at Aurion Learning said:

“With over a decade of experience in learning technologies, we are honoured to share information and knowledge about our E-Learning solutions as well as the insights we’ve gained from our trusted relationships with our healthcare clients with members of the Special Interest Group.

As this is the first opportunity we have had to participate at the SIG, I am tremendously excited. I hope our fresh insights, practices and expertise will benefit the members and contribute towards the development of their local E-Learning initiatives.”


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Alliance Members, Learning Nexus, have announced that it’s popular Health & Safety course range has been approved by The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) will be released late March.  The full range of 24 courses have received the prestigious approval. Rob Burgon, RoSPA’s Workplace Safety Manager, said: “Learning Nexus has worked hard to produce courses that will make a difference to people’s lives. The prestigious ‘Approved by RoSPA’ mark assures training providers and their prospective clients that courses have been independently assessed and are deemed to embody best practice. We are delighted that Learning Nexus has successfully been through our thorough approvals process and can now use the ‘Approved by RoSPA’ mark with pride.” For more information on this range please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Meanwhile, Safety4Business, the Health and Safety Division of Learning Nexus is due to release its much anticipated NEBOSH Qualifications, the National General Certificate (NGC) and International General Certificate (IGC) in Occupational Health and Safety available in Spring 2014. The course, which has been built in-house by the Learning Nexus production team, gives learners the opportunity to undertake the study element entirely online, within an interactive and intuitive learning environment. For more information or to register interest please visit