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Canterbury Christ Church University integrates ILX Group APM course modules into undergraduate and post graduate courses

Online learning to accelerate best practice alongside traditional lectures

(PresseBox) (London, ) ILX Group plc, the global software company delivering innovative Best Practice training solutions, today announced that its world class elearning APM* Introductory Certificate in Project Management modules have now been integrated in selected undergraduate and post graduate courses at the Canterbury Christ Church University. The programme which started in July 2009 facilitated some 200 full time business degree students to access the ILX's web hosted APM training modules. Early results have been positive and there now are plans to widen the scope of online learning to include students that are undertaking part time courses whilst working.

Canterbury Christ Church University is the largest centre of higher education in Kent for the major public services. It has approximately 16,700 students based in five Faculties: Arts and Humanities, Business and Management, Education, Health and Social Care, Social and Applied Sciences.

Bob Fielden, Senior Lecturer, Facility of Business & Management at Canterbury Christ Church University explained, "We wanted to accelerate the learning process amongst our students undertaking project management modules. The ILX APM Introductory Certificate covered all the key elements of best practice project management and the pros and cons of managing complex work flows. Early results have indicated that the students have benefited from a flexible knowledge based learning approach which underpins lectures and seminars. The ILX hosted portal gives students the flexibility to work at their own pace and in their own time. The process also helps ensure that all the students cover all the core knowledge within the APM Body of Knowledge and quickly brings everyone to the same level of understanding."

Once the students have taken the elearning courses they are examined onsite at the University as part of the overall undergraduate or post graduate qualification. The students then have the option to independently enter the professional exam at fee of around £125 - £150 pounds sterling.

Fielden continues, "Linking the theoretical side to internationally recognised professional qualification is a real bonus for students. It's a great way of helping our students understand why projects work or fail and this knowledge is transferable immediately to the work place."

Eddie Kilkelly, Chief Operating Officer at the ILX Group, commented, "We are delighted to be working with Canterbury Christ Church University and to see positive results already coming through. Today's announcement confirms that there is a continuing trend of educational institutions integrating core elements of professional recognised training programmes within their syllabus. ILX is already working with Birkbeck, University of London, and The University of the West of England, Bristol** in delivering work class courses to their students. The ILX Group's Introductory Certificate in Project Management is a great example of providing students with practical skills which can be applied in the work environment."

ILX Group plc

ILX Group plc (ILX) is a global software company delivering innovative Best Practice training solutions. It provides flexible and cost effective training and consulting services in programme and project management, IT service management and business finance through a blend of traditional classroom, workshops, multimedia e-Learning and mobile learning platforms.

The AIM quoted company delivers services aligned to industry best practice of the Office of Government Commerce and the Association for Project Management, primarily in PRINCE2®, MSP® and ITIL®. All of its training materials and quality systems are accredited by The APM Group, ISEB, CMI and APM as appropriate. To date, ILX Group has trained over 500,000 people across 97 countries.

ILX's expertise fall into three markets:

- Best Practice for Programme, Project and IT (ITIL) Service Management, to include strategic programme and project management consultancy solutions, instructorled training, elearning and new course development.
- Financial awareness through both elearning and instructorled training.
- The development of bespoke training courses through elearning and instructorled training, for largescale IT migration and transformation projects.

Founded in 1988, ILX has over 5,000 corporate clients across 97 countries and include those in local and national government, the public sector and commercial businesses across all sectors. The company has offices in the UK, Middle East, Holland, Scandinavia, Australia and the USA.

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PRINCE2® is a Trade Mark of the Office of Government Commerce. MSP(TM) is a Trade Mark of the Office of Government Commerce. ITIL® is a Registered Trade Mark of the Office of Government Commerce in the United Kingdom and other countries.