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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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Higher level skills pathfinder

Public Sector Showcase

25th 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:


Higher level skills pathfinder

Three regional pilot projects:

South West, North East and North West

Focus areas: Health


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

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

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


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

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


Contact Details

Rupert Lorraine


Research & Enterprise

University of Plymouth

07875 143 573

(West of the Region)

Jennifer Lane


Research & Enterprise

University of Plymouth

07912 358 678

(Centre of the Region)

Sally Sharpe


Research & Enterprise

University of Plymouth

07511 629 487

(East of the Region)

Richard Shepherd

BusinessDevelopment Manager

Research & Enterprise

University of Plymouth

07850 318 785

University of Plymouth

Business Enquiry Service

Research & Enterprise

0800 052 5600


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.