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1 Too Busy to Go to University?: Engaging Employed Learners

2 Background The Centre for Lifelong Learning - UoT Work-Based Studies Degree Summer University Negotiated Learning Framework

3 The Negotiated Learning Framework Project – Aims To engage with at least 79 local Small & Medium Enterprises (SME’s) To offer HE level training to new employed learners To enrol 282 of these new learners To show evidence of CPD To train 20 trainers

4 Sectors Construction Contact Centres Digital Media Early Years Engineering Health & Social Care Hospitality Retail Transport & Logistics Voluntary & Community

5 How? Accredit appropriate existing in-company training Write new programmes of learning Use existing modules or some combination of these three

6 Accreditation of in-house training R. Blackett Charlton Limited Skippers Lane Middlesbrough Fabrication, installation and testing of pipe-work. Supply of labour for offshore and marine industries Line Management Development Programme – in existence Part HE level with Health & Safety training accredited at FE level (NVQ level 2) with Redcar College

7 Write New Programmes Bells at Sainsbury’s, Tees Valley wide Convenience & Retail company – (bought by Sainbury’s in 2004) Written a new management training programme in partnership with the Training Manager at Bells, Teesside Business School and the project team Consists of three 20 credit modules creating a 60 credit University Certificate in Advanced Professional Development (UCAPD) 3 rd cohort

8 Using Existing Modules Sage Accounting Web Optimisation Understanding Children’s Development Introduction to Volunteering Project Management Mediation Skills Effective English

9 Combination of the Three ? Newsquest, Darlington Newspaper & media company - The Northern Echo Created a year long Management Development Programme a mixture of ‘off the shelf’ modules, accreditation of some current training & bespoke new modules written specifically for them. E.G. ‘Supervisory Management’; ‘Coaching & Feedback’; ‘Dealing with Conflict’

10 Blended Learning Open & Distance Learning Subsequent cohorts VLE – interaction Learning Through Work platform

11 Staff Academic? Subject-specialists? Salespeople?

12 Evaluation Project end date July 2008 Beginning to evaluate its impact Companies – questionnaire & telephone or face-to-face interview Key companies asked for testimonial/report

13 Development Business 2 Business mentors Ambassadors - from each named sector ‘Spread the word’

14 Financial Implications Who pays? Employer? Employee? The State?

15 The Leitch Review Financial focus – ‘economic competitiveness’ Well-qualified workforce Employer/demand-led

16 Contact Details Dr Ruth Helyer Adult Access & Flexible Programmes Manager Centre for Lifelong Learning University of Teesside


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