BT is developing a "virtual" university to consolidate its existing internal and external training facilities and establish a more efficient training system for its staff.
Rather than building BT campuses and issuing BT degrees, the company says it will develop, promote and administer education programmes for its staff using the facilities of existing educational establishments.
A decision on whether the scheme will be rolled out to BT's 250,000 staff is expected later this year. The virtual university would not be open to non BT staff.
BT has its own training centres in Milton Keynes and Staffordshire. It also uses several external facilities, including Henley Management Centre and Cranfield University. The new scheme will help pool these resources, according to BT.
"We are considering more formally drawing the use of these resources into a more unified structure, aimed at improving the ability of our people," said BT spokesperson David Orr. "We're not creating a BT degree - that would be a red herring," he added.
BT said its interest in improving its training activity is being driven by watching US companies who consider training and development an extremely important part of their business.
If adopted, the scheme would be responsible for functions such as managing educational resources, promoting awareness of training opportunities among staff and ensuring that education programmes are balanced.
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