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Higher level skills pathfinder. Public Sector Showcase 25 th February 2009. Project rationale. To determine the UK’s optimal skills mix in order to maximise economic growth and productivity.

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Public sector showcase 25 th february 2009

Higher level skills pathfinder

Public Sector Showcase

25th February 2009


Public sector showcase 25 th february 2009

Project rationale

To determine the UK’s optimal skills mix in order to maximise economic growth and productivity

Found key competitor countries have higher proportions of their adult workforce with higher level skills

In order to achieve world class skills, by 2020 the percentage of the population with higher level skills must increase from 27% to 40% plus

more, and more employable, graduates

  • to raise the skills and capacity for innovation and enterprise of those already in the workforce

To prosper, we need:


Public sector showcase 25 th february 2009

Higher level skills pathfinder

Three regional pilot projects:

South West, North East and North West

Focus areas:Health

Engineering

Creative Industries

Business Improvement (All Sectors)

To provide flexible, innovative, demand-led higher level training for the regional workforce, with a focus on identifying skills gaps and encouraging businesses to link staff development to organisational strategy

To overcome the perceived barriers associated with traditional HE:

  • Relevance / viability of courses

  • Speed / ease of sourcing provision

  • Responsiveness to organisation’s demand

  • Predictability of accessing academic expertise

  • Flexibility of timing and delivery

  • Culture, use of complex language and jargon


Public sector showcase 25 th february 2009

The Association of Higher Education Institutions

in the South West


Public sector showcase 25 th february 2009

Higher level skills process

No Cost / No Obligation

Training Solution Commissioned & Delivered

Intermediary Delivers Detailed Training Proposal

Intermediary Seeks Solution from Regional Providers

Agree Ideal Training Solution

  • Tailored to Individual Requirements

  • Supports Wider Organisational Strategy

  • Addresses Current Issues / Problems

  • Complements Existing Training Policies

  • Cost Effective, with Flexible Delivery

Organisational Needs Analysis

  • Captures Key Organisation Details

  • Identifies Capacity & Skills Gaps

  • Uses an Appropriate Depth & Format


Public sector showcase 25 th february 2009

Range of provision

What does contemporary HE provision look like?

  • Part-time / Full-time / Combination Study

  • Distance Learning / Workplace Delivery

  • E-Learning / Blended Learning

  • Vocational Courses

  • CPD / Short-Courses

  • Foundation Degrees

  • Modules from Undergraduate, Masters & Doctoral Programmes

  • Full Undergraduate, Masters & Doctoral Programmes + Research Degrees

  • Professional Qualifications (IoD, CIPD, CMI, ILM etc.)

  • Bespoke Provision (Includes Consultancy, Coaching, Advice & Guidance)

Mix of Accredited / Unaccredited


Public sector showcase 25 th february 2009

How could this help you?

We need to know more about your strategic objectives and priorities, including current and future organisational drivers:

  • Growth / Re-Organisation

  • People / Service Development

  • Organisational Development

  • Project Management

    • Knowledge & Business Intelligence

  • Change Management

  • Strategic / Social Marketing

  • Legislation / Regulation

  • Succession Planning

  • Quality Management

  • We also need to know more about your existing staff development standards, activities and policies:

    • Investors In People (IIP)

    • Existing HE Relationships

  • Professional Bodies / Institutions

    • Train to Gain

    • Business Link

  • Private Sector Training Provision

  • Internal Training Provision

  • Supply Chain / Sub-Contracting


  • Public sector showcase 25 th february 2009

    Success Stories

    Over 300 engagements across both Public & Private Sectors...

    Bespoke Leadership Programme Algram Group

    Centre for Leadership & Operational Excellence (CLOE) / University of Plymouth

    Communication Skills Short Course Babcock Marine

    University College Plymouth (UCP) Marjon

    Strategy & Project Management Short Course Somerset Care

    Leadership South West / Exeter University

    Clinical Leadership Short CourseRoyal Cornwall Hospital Trust

    Faculty of Health & Social Work / University of Plymouth

    Accredited Project Management Short CoursePlymouth City Council

    University of Plymouth / City College Plymouth


    Public sector showcase 25 th february 2009

    Contact Details

    Rupert Lorraine

    BusinessIntermediary

    Research & Enterprise

    University of Plymouth

    07875 143 573

    [email protected]

    (West of the Region)

    Jennifer Lane

    BusinessIntermediary

    Research & Enterprise

    University of Plymouth

    07912 358 678

    [email protected]

    (Centre of the Region)

    Sally Sharpe

    BusinessIntermediary

    Research & Enterprise

    University of Plymouth

    07511 629 487

    [email protected]

    (East of the Region)

    Richard Shepherd

    BusinessDevelopment Manager

    Research & Enterprise

    University of Plymouth

    07850 318 785

    [email protected]

    University of Plymouth

    Business Enquiry Service

    Research & Enterprise

    www.plymouth.ac.uk/businessservices

    0800 052 5600

    [email protected]


    Public sector showcase 25 th february 2009

    What are higher level skills?

    Defined using the National Qualifications Framework / HE Equivalents:

    Level 3A-Levels, Level 3 Certificate / NVQ / Diploma

    Level 4Certificate of Higher Education, Level 4 Certificate / NVQ / Diploma

    Level 5Foundation degree, Level 5 Certificate / NVQ / Diploma

    Level 6Bachelor’s degree (BA, BSc, BEng), Level 6 Certificate / NVQ / Diploma

    Level 7Master’s degree (MA, MSc, MBA), Level 7 Diploma / Advanced Prof Cert

    Level 8Doctoral degree (PhD, DBA, DEng), Specialist Diploma

    Higher level skills (level 4 and above) enhance the complexity of knowledge

    and the capacity for autonomy of innovative and creative thought; enabling people to develop original responses to complicated and unpredictable problems and situations.

    Acquiring these skills involves teaching and development over a prolonged period of time, with some autonomous activity by the student, coupled with assignments / assessments that help to embed learning.

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