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Workforce training and development

Higher education offers a variety of training solutions – delivered ‘on your doorstep’; online; via blended learning; for individuals; peer groups; or as a community of learners from different employers.

West Yorkshire benefits from a wide variety of higher education providers, each with a different character and distinct offer.  This includes higher education within a college setting, university or specialist provider.

The information below provides a summary of the opportunities available.  These are continuously reviewed and added to so it is best to view the provider’s own websites [2B link] or follow their social media for updates.  Qualifications and their levels are also illustrated here [link to 1D]

An apprenticeship is a genuine job with a skills development programme which is assessed. It includes learning in the workplace and formal off-the-job training.  See our apprenticeship FAQs for further information and guidance [link to 1C] or contact apprenticeship teams across our membership [link to 2A].

Employers can sponsor an employee to undertaken a degree.  A Bachelor’s, or Honours, degree is the most common type of undergraduate degree, sometimes referred to as an ‘undergraduate’ or ‘first’ degree.  Types of Bachelor’s degree include: Bachelor of Arts – BA (Hons), Bachelor of Science – BSc (Hons), Bachelor of Engineering – BEng (Hons) and Bachelor of Laws – LLB (Hons).  Learners can study full or part-time and via in person, online, blended, distance learning routes.  Degrees are offered by universities and College’s with higher education provision.

Offering work-based learning opportunities to students on a degree pathway is a great way to strengthen talent pipelines e.g. work placements.  Many graduates will progress into an employment role at their placement provider.

This is usually delivered by a Business department, school or faculty.  It will usually be targeted at Executive, Director or senior management level, with a leadership and management focus.  It may include apprenticeships, postgraduate study, short courses, workshops, masterclasses, forums, professional networks, access to business start-up support and expert consultants. Some elements may be targeted at smaller businesses. 

Foundation degrees provide a bridge between further and higher education courses.  These sit below bachelor degree level but usually offer a route into a bachelor degree programme. Many courses have a vocational focus.

Periodically higher education providers will secure funding to deliver funded training programmes.  These may be funded by central, regional or local Government or other external agencies and organisations. These often provide free or subsidised training, making them an attractive option for employers and employees.  Frequently they respond to a skills and training priority.

A HNC is equivalent to the first year of a bachelor’s degree.  A HND is equivalent to the first two years.  These qualifications often have an occupational focus. Employers can sponsor an employee to undertaken a HNC/HND which can support job progression and promotion.

An honour’s degree or equivalent experience/qualification is required to progress onto Masters level study.  This provides the opportunity to extend skills, demonstrate expertise and to progress a research project.  Masters degrees titles include Master of Arts – MA, Master of Science – MSc, Master of Engineering – MEng, Master of Research – MRes and Master of Laws – LLM.  A Masters in Business Administration is an internationally recognised degree to advance business and management skills.  Employers can sponsor an employee to undertaken a masters level qualification. 

These routes provide a shorter postgraduate study.  Many of these routes have a vocational focus.  As they are shorter than a full masters degree, they are sometimes easier to fit around work commitments. An honour’s degree or equivalent experience/qualification is required to progress onto this level of study.  Employers can sponsor an employee to undertake a postgraduate diploma or certificate.

Short courses provide a bite-sized training solution.  This may be a standalone course, part of a suite or a module taken from a longer programme.  It could be delivered in a day or less, across a number of days, online or within a classroom.  Training may be accessed by an individual or a cohort from the same employer.  Bespoke solutions may be created to respond to a specific employer need.

These provide a bite sized introduction to a longer programme of study or apprenticeship.  This enables an employer to develop their understanding of the learning and skills gained as well course practicalities.  These may be advertised by the provider or something they are able to develop for you.

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