STICKY CLUSTERS. ‘Using sectoral business clusters to stimulate employer engagement and academic programme development in UHOVI to meet learner needs and local employment opportunities ’. A strategic partnership between the University of Glamorgan and University of Wales, Newport.
‘Using sectoral business clusters to stimulate employer engagement and academic programme development in UHOVI to meet learner needs and
local employment opportunities’
A strategic partnership between the University of Glamorgan and University of Wales, Newport.
Dr Francis Cowe – UHOVI Deputy Director
Richard Staniforth - UHOVI UK STEM Coordinator
UK STEM Project: STEM Employer Engagement and Workforce upskilling in the South Wales Valleys
A strategic partnership between
University of Glamorgan and
University of Wales Newport
Targeted area of multiple disadvantage across
Heads of the Valleys (31 Communities First areas)
across five counties:
Rhondda Cynon Taff
UHOVI Delivery Campuses:
The College Merthyr Tydfil
Coleg Gwent, Ebbw Vale [Pontypool, Crosskeys]
The College Ystrad Mynach [Rhymney]
Coleg Morgannwg Nantgarw [Rhondda,Pontypridd, Aberdare ]
& 30+ Community Delivery Venues
Project Outcomes (September 2012)
UHOVI’s is continuing to focus its employer engagement strategy on building ‘Sticky’ clusters of businesses to deliver workforce up-skilling across Welsh Government’s nine Key Sector Priority areas.
Why adopt a cluster approach?
University academic and training provision
A replicable model to approach multiple business sectors
(by Company and HE)
The Pharmaceutical Companies: Biotec, Brecon Pharmaceuticals, Flexicare, GE , Norgine, Penn Pharma, Polymer Health
Providers: UHOVI (Glamorgan & Newport), Cardiff Met, Swansea, Cardiff University School of Pharmacy, OU Wales;
IR more than a TNA… A ‘whole sector’ snapshot
academia, students, employee pool, community & government
Inter-company confidentiality/competition issues
“By linking with local businesses … UHOVI would be able to offer a truly unique service … which has responded to local need and demand to up-skill the local workforce and boosts individuals employability, making the local workforce more attractive to businesses. If done properly this has the potential to provide a positive regenerative impact on the area.”
Crew – Centre for Regeneration Excellence Wales Report (2011)