Four Yorkshire colleges and universities are putting their heads together to deliver top-of-the-form staff development opportunities for local employers.
The University of Leeds, Leeds Trinity University, Bradford College and Barnsley College today announced they have joined forces to launch a scheme called the Professional Skills Partnership.
The link-up means businesses and other employers wanting to develop the skills of their managers and supervisors can access bespoke training packages that make the most of different areas of expertise across the colleges and universities.
One of the first collaborative projects being worked on by the partners is the delivery of a programme offering leadership and management qualifications at apprenticeship and other levels for Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust staff.
Leeds Trinity deputy vice-chancellor Prof Ray Lloyd said: “We are delighted to be part of the Professional Skills Partnership, working with three other well-established and reputable educational institutions, allowing us to offer a wide breadth of services to Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and other organisations looking to develop their management teams.”
The four providers will take health trust staff through a range of Chartered Management Institute accredited programmes.
Karen Vella, head of organisational learning at the trust, said: “Apprenticeships have offered us an exciting development opportunity for attracting new recruits and developing our existing staff.
“We are proud to be working with the Professional Skills Partnership consortia to deliver a wide range of management apprenticeships at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust to build leadership capacity and capability to meet the healthcare challenges now and in the future.”
Businesses wanting more information about the Professional Skills Partnership are asked to ring Roger Cunliffe at Bradford College on 01274 433222.