Dawn of a new era

11 November 2008

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The launch of the new Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) training portal marks a significant milestone in the development of the overhead lifting equipment market.

The new system allows students from member companies to access their distance learning materials through the internet.

"This new development is the culmination of several months work and is just the first step in the transition from paper-based training to fully interactive e-learning," said LEEA.


The training portal allows students to access their course and progress at their own pace without delays in delivery of their assignments. As each assignment is completed the next is released.

Further developments will allow the courses to be offered on a staggered basis throughout the year rather than the current 20-week fixed cycle. Automatic online marking of assignments will be introduced in the near future allowing a quicker feedback of performance to the students.

Students registered for online courses will receive details of how to access their training material in due course and a user guide will be available via a link to the LEEA website.

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