University of Derby Corporate

The University of Derby’s Role in
Supporting the Development of
Professional Competence
UVAC Conference – 26th November 2013
Andrew Hartley – Managing Director
University of Derby Corporate
Developing Your People, Delivering Business
Our goal is to be the first choice for
employers for their higher level workforce
development requirements
Our aim is to develop long term partnerships
with clients and be an integral part of our
clients’ business
Our purpose is to provide high quality
solutions and services that add real value to
our clients and improve their business
“The programme had key
added value as it related
specifically to estimating
in VINCI, giving an
immediate return on
Joanne Mercer
Head of Learning and
Excellence in work based learning
In 2011 we won the Times Higher
Education award for Outstanding
Employer Engagement Initiative
In 2012 we became a Learning and
Performance Institute Accredited
Learning Provider
In 2012 we won Bronze in the Best
Coaching Programme category at the
Training Journal Awards
In 2013 our client satisfaction survey
demonstrated that 100% of our clients
would recommend us to others
“ If anyone came to me – I’d
say ‘don’t bother with anyone
else just go to UDC ! ”
(High street brand client)
Some of our clients
Supporting the Development of
Professional Competence
Headlines from CBI report – Tomorrow’s growth:
New routes to higher skills
 Higher Skills – an economic and social imperative
 By 2020 nearly half of all employment will be for highly-skilled roles
 Expand and promote apprenticeships and other ‘learn while you earn’
 Different routes into higher skills – for both young people and
experienced workers
 Longer and multiple careers over a lifetime – re-skill and up-skill
Headlines from Changing the Pace: CBI/Pearson
education and skills survey 2013
 46% - proportion of jobs for high-skilled roles by 2020
 39% of firms report difficulties in recruiting STEM-skilled staff
 63% of employers expecting to need more staff with leadership and
management skills
 85% of employers in England planning to increase or maintain levels
of investment in training
 28% of employers expecting to expand recruitment of school leavers
into learn-while-you-earn as a response to rising fees
Higher level skills development in the workplace
is essential
 Greater employer engagement
 Employees develop skill that directly helps them in their
job and knowledge is put to use straight away
 Greater efficiency and profitability
 Innovative new ways of working
 Achievement of organisational objectives
 Greater success in attracting, retaining and developing
 Enhanced employee performance and engagement
The University of Derby Corporate approach
 Work Based Learning approach – deliver a learning
solution where the workplace is the focus of study
 Employers can tailor what employees learn directly to the needs
of their organisation
 Support and develop work based learning practitioners
 In company degree programmes
Centre for Mineral Products
Professional Development
Framework of Provision
BSc (Hons) Minerals
FdSc Asphalt &
FdSc Minerals
FdSc Clay
HA Mineral
Dip Mineral
Extractives Studies
Dip Asphalt &
Pavement Studies
Dip Clay Studies
Cert in Quarry Blasting
Cert in Concrete
Cert in Construction
 Part-time
 Blended learning
Online materials
Tutorial weekends
Field trip
 Delivered by core academic team who have previously worked in
the industry
 Supported by Associates from industry
Industry support
• Learners are usually employed as
Supervisor, Quarry Manager, Site
Manager, Unit Manager or Area
• Companies sponsoring delegates on
the programme include Aggregate
Industries, Breedon Aggregates,
Hanson, Imerys, and Lafarge Tarmac
Working in Partnership
 Partnership approach
 Joint Consultative Committee
 Graduation
 Joint development
 Profile at major events:
Industry conference
Hillhead Exhibition
Higher Apprenticeship in Mineral Products
“I chose to study a Higher
Apprenticeship as they offer great
career prospects.
The Hanson apprenticeship also
gives me an excellent opportunity
to travel around the UK and gain
vital hands-on work experience.”
The first group of higher apprentices from Hanson
Ben Strickland
Our principles for success
 Listen and understand
 Understand what employers want to achieve, not just what they think
they want
 Provide flexibility, agility and creativity
 Focus on the learning journey, not just the technicalities of the job
 Develop solutions and assessments that are fit for purpose and
have real business impact
 Assess and track business impact and personal growth
Key challenges of supporting learning at higher
 The ability to be more critical and challenging in terms of what and how
learners’ learn – HE levels require a higher level of critical analysis and thinking
 The need to develop learners to become more independent in their approach
to learning through programme design, delivery and assessment
 The need for more complex judgements and assessment of learning – not
just acquisition of learning, but also application and depth of understanding
 The ability to cope with the demands of higher level learners who are
themselves more demanding
 Time to enhance WBL expertise, skill, knowledge and techniques whilst
balancing current work and job demands
Professional Development for Work Based Learning Practitioners
Level 6
120 credits
Honours Degree
Level 5
120 credits
Recognising Learning
from Experience
Expanding Professional
Sustaining Personal
Performance Excellence
Recognising Learning
from Experience
Personal & Professional
Developing Self to
Achieve Performance
Level 4
120 credits
Cert HE
Recognising Learning
from Experience
Personal Learning &
Thinking Skills
Enhanced career planning and development
Inter-disciplinary curriculum design
Supporting work based learning
Quality management and enhancement of the learning
Work Based
Facilitating and supporting learning at work
Supporting career development
Advanced blended learning programmes in the workplace
Understanding and using new learning technologies
Work Based
The organisational learning environment
Integrated assessment of workplace learning
Understanding learning at work
Developing & implementing contextualised blended learning
Mentoring & guidance skills
Introduction to the assessment of workplace learning
Work Based
Fundamental technical and professional skills
E-learning platform; tutor support for each learner; training & development for in-company tutors
Celebrate success!
Thank you!
Andrew Hartley
Managing Director
University of Derby Corporate
[email protected]
01332 597840 / 07827 231061

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