Posted on 25 September 2008
This award aims to raise awareness of the huge contribution British universities make to the economic and cultural health of the country. Judges for this category are looking for evidence of a strategic approach to delivering employers’ workforce development needs, in particular: new ways of working with employers; evidence of high quality, flexible provision responsive to employer and employee needs; and evidence of positive impact on businesses. It is one of several higher education awards launched by Times Higher Education Magazine. Shortlists for all categories are announced today (25 September).
Being shortlisted for this award really shows how the HE sector is embracing employer engagement and recognising new and innovative approaches to this agendaAmanda Selvaratnam
Developed by the University of York’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Unit, The Training Gateway hosts an innovative web portal which connects the UK and international business community to every UK university, enabling organisations from across the world to procure high quality corporate and professional training from British universities.
The network, which has over 830 members from every UK university, alerts members to over 70 business opportunities each month. Opportunities range from delivering short courses in leadership and management in China, to developing bespoke training programmes for rail engineers and retail staff in Sheffield and Brazil.
The Training Gateway develops programmes to support its members in developing the business skills needed to address the Employer Engagement agenda. The network is also working with Business Link and Train To Gain to ensure that their brokers can work effectively with UK universities in the procurement of training courses to meet UK business needs.
Amanda Selvaratnam, the network’s Director, said: "The Training Gateway has grown rapidly over the last few months and is demonstrating real value within the UK universities. Being shortlisted for this award really shows how the HE sector is embracing employer engagement and recognising new and innovative approaches to this agenda."