22 October 2013

Employers in the UK find that staff studying for part-time degrees are more willing to take on demanding responsibilities, according to a report published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

Focusing on employer support for part-time study, it also found employers of part-time students reporting a positive impact on profitability.

Universities and Science Minister, David Willetts said: "Tuition fee loans are now available to new part-time students helping to create a level playing field. We will also reverse the rules which stop people from getting financial support to retrain in engineering, technology and computer science part-time."

This year, for the first time, the BIS Student Finance Tour has been extended to reach prospective part-time and mature students on Access to HE courses in Further Education Colleges.

The Government is also working alongside the National Careers Service to target seven million adults who are looking for a change in their lives and who are considering options of part-time study.

The report, "Employer support for part-time higher education students", is available at http://bit.ly/1bWdyp2.

A large majority of the employers surveyed see part-time HE study as increasing the confidence of employees and equipping them to become more proactive, better prepared for their next roles and more likely to stay with their current firms or organisations.

From Paul Clarke, business writer for Croner