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.
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‘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)