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The University of Gloucestershire has been working with the top 100 businesses in Gloucestershire to develop a suite of professional courses designed to upskill directors, managers, employees – to boost revenue and recruit and retain top talent.

Published: 16/11/2016 11:56

Through applied research projects, knowledge transfer and business skills programmes; the University of Gloucestershire has been supporting local businesses like Cotteswold Dairy and Renishaw to produce outstanding business growth and outstanding business people.

Amongst the business leaders we’ve worked with is Daniel Bridges, Head of Marketing at Bridge Worx; “We’re based in Cheltenham, but we develop systems for clients globally. Since coming to the university with my five-year business plan, they have been instrumental in the advancement of the company but also of me as a senior leader.

I have completed both my CMS and DMS (Certificate and Diploma in Management Studies) and I’m now studying for my MBA. The crucial element for me is the university’s innate understanding of the flexibility that is needed, when the learner is involved in a fast-paced business that demands time and energy. I have also completed the university’s directorship course, which equipped me with the skills that I need to serve my business more effectively.

In addition to that, I’ve had expert guidance on investment, R&D tax credits, intellectual property, digital development and more. Bridge Worx is now achieving a rate of growth that we wouldn’t have been able to achieve without the University of Gloucestershire’s interest and dedication to supporting local businesses.”

Real business impact is what has driven organisations like the NHS, Zurich and Dyson to choose the University of Gloucestershire to upskill their workforce. They have chosen professional courses that are focused on delivering results in productivity, increased competitiveness and the recruitment and retention of great people.

We run a range of professional and postgraduate courses at the university, ranging from PRINCE2® to Human Resource Management – and the university can respond to your business need and work with you to create bespoke training packages.

The new higher and degree apprenticeships launched by the university as a solution to combining higher level learning and on-the-job training echo this sentiment. These employer-led initiatives are built around the needs of a business, designed to empower staff with the ability to make real business impact during their studies. Current opportunities include Leadership and Management, Information Security, Care Leadership, Health Practitioner and Chartered Management.

Roseanne McEwan, Brand Development Manager at Cotteswold Dairy Ltd, attended the university’s Becoming A Successful Company Director course and commented; “As part of the management team at Cotteswold Dairy, it’s important for me to stay abreast of the legalities and responsibilities of directorship. The university’s course vastly increased my knowledge on the topic and upskilled me to the extent that I can help to manage my area in the business more effectively and efficiently. The fact that it was developed in response to requests from real businesses is part of what motivated me to attend.”

Having real-life case studies from the university’s experts, who have remarkable business backgrounds, brought a real cutting-edge to the course.”