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BroadSkill delivers accessibility training with Eliesha Training

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BroadSkill, the UK's largest supplier of freelance IT trainers, today announced that it was fast becoming a significant force in the highly specialised world of accessibility training. In particular, Broadskill is providing trainers to Eliesha Training, a major provider of personal and management development training, to develop skills in special IT support packages amongst those with a visual or other physical impairment at the Department for Work and Pensions.

Accessibility IT training is a growing responsibility for major employers as equal opportunities and the use of computers become ever more important. The Department for Works and Pensions includes Jobcentre Plus, the Pensions Service and the Child Support Agency, and has offices spread right across the UK. Following the introduction of new office systems, they contracted with Eliesha to provide the necessary accessibility training programme for their staff. Eliesha turned to BroadSkill to provide the specialised trainer resources required.

Training is normally provided on a one-to-one basis and covers packages such as ZoomText, JAWS, Supanova and Dragon Naturally Speaking. The first three applications help those visually impaired through the use of magnification, Braille and by turning text into the spoken word. The latter is a speech dictation program that helps those unable to use mouse or keyboard.

Over 50 courses in these and other packages have been delivered by BroadSkill trainers already this year.

Pam Nicholson, Business Development Manager for Eliesha Training said: “We chose to use BroadSkill because of their breadth of capability in IT training and their UK-wide coverage. They know the right trainers and are very responsive – it makes it easy to resource events. It also means we can get back to the client quickly and can offer a wider training portfolio.”

Stephen Fletcher, Managing Director at BroadSkill, said: “BroadSkill can offer the broadest range of IT trainers and there’s virtually no package or type of skill we don’t cover. I’m particularly pleased that we can provide more and better accessibility training, to help make computers usable by everyone. By using trainers with similar impairments to the students, we also feel we’ve made the whole training programme more successful for all involved.”