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National Teaching Company Schemes Annual Conference Comes To Birmingham

21 November 2001

National Teaching Company Schemes Annual Conference Comes To Birmingham

ASTON University will host the annual national TCS managers conference on Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd November, at its new �1.5 million Lakeside Conference Centre.�

The event which will open at 11.00 am on the Thursday and close at 1.00pm on Friday, will be lead by leading members of the scheme, including John Sutton, Senior Member of the Department of Trade & Industry, and leading figure of the UK Small Business' Services. It will bring together universities from all over the UK to celebrate and ensure the continuing growth and success of the scheme, with approximately 70-100 managers of the scheme expected to be present.

The TCS (formerly the Teaching Company Scheme) is a government funded scheme, which supports partnerships between business and universities or research organisations. High quality university graduates (TCS Associates) are placed within companies for periods of usually two or more years, in which they work upon dedicated projects relating specifically to their fields of study, and so benefit from the training and experience of two years paid employment. Whilst the participating companies benefit from their knowledge and skills, with aid from the government towards paying their fees.

Martin May from Aston's Business Partnership Unit, who runs the TCS scheme at Aston, and is organising the conference said: "Aston is delighted that the BPU is hosting the TCS managers annual conference in such an important year for the scheme. In the current economic environment, funded industrial collaborations through the TCS initiative, are a cost effective way for SMEs to improve their business through a transfer of technology and knowledge from universities".

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For further information please call 0121 204 4549 or email: b.a.l.coombes@aston.ac.uk

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