Higher Level Skills and ESF seminar
Tuesday 12 November 2013

SEMLEP and the University of Bedfordshire
Eamonn Keenan
The South East Midlands
South East Midlands
1.8 Million People
141,000 businesses, of which 67,000 VAT registered
Expected growth of 300,000 more ...
Aylesbury Vale
Bedford Borough
Central Bedfordshire
Cherwell
Corby
Daventry
Kettering
Luton
Northampton Borough
South Nort...
University of Bedfordshire
24K students, widening participation focus with strong FE and UTC links
Internationally excelle...
Locations
Luton: Main Campus, Putteridge Bury and Butterfield
Bedford Campus
Aylesbury Campus
Milton Keynes at UCMK
Centre for Wireless Research
CWR brings together expertise in the area of mobile and
wireless networks. With the exciting ...
Centre for computer graphics and visualisation
 Concentrates on research in
computer graphics, computer
animation and med...
Luton Campus – PG-CPD Centre
Luton Campus – new library
Bedford campus – new teaching building
Luton – Putteridge Bury
Vision
‘Through effective engagement with businesses
and strategic partners, deliver a step change in
economic prospects a...
GHK Local Economic Growth Index (Source: ICF GHK 2013)
European funding
SEMLEP has a notional allocation of European funding
of £75.6 million (€88.3 million) from the new EU 201...
What does the University do now?
• ‘Skills for Growth’ ESF co-financed project with Bedford Borough and
Central Bedfordshi...
“The trainers
shared great
knowledge and
insight.”

“Course and
training were
excellent…really
valuable.”

“The techniques...
“The tutor is
amazing, really
inspiring. It was one
of the best training
programmes I’ve
ever done!”

“The mix of
innovati...
“After 30 years away from the classroom it was a
wonderful experience to become a student again
and implement the skills a...
Typical UoB HLS offer
 Knowledge Network – external and UoB Speakers
 Themed events, conferences
 Short courses: linked...
Other support for Business Growth
Business process improvement for Manufacturing and Services
Skills updates in sales and ...
South East Midlands HEI Group (SEMU)
 Buckingham University
 University of Bedfordshire
 Cranfield University
 Univers...
Current Collaborations
International, via SEMU group: Zhejiang Universities summer
schools and HE-led trade mission planne...
Where is SEMLEP going?
‘City Deal’ bid (infrastructure-led linked with private sector
growth) including application for RG...
SEMLEP Skills Strategy and Skills Forum
 Purpose: ensure skills outcomes meet business needs (ref EU
investment etc)
 Ov...
What can we do together?
 Information share eg re sector skills needs and demand
 Sector skills briefings
 Signposting ...
University LEP partnerships in practice - Eamonn Keenan, Associate Director, Knowledge Hub, University of Bedfordshire
University LEP partnerships in practice - Eamonn Keenan, Associate Director, Knowledge Hub, University of Bedfordshire
University LEP partnerships in practice - Eamonn Keenan, Associate Director, Knowledge Hub, University of Bedfordshire
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University LEP partnerships in practice - Eamonn Keenan, Associate Director, Knowledge Hub, University of Bedfordshire

  1. 1. Higher Level Skills and ESF seminar Tuesday 12 November 2013 SEMLEP and the University of Bedfordshire Eamonn Keenan
  2. 2. The South East Midlands
  3. 3. South East Midlands 1.8 Million People 141,000 businesses, of which 67,000 VAT registered Expected growth of 300,000 more people by 2025/6 127,000 new homes 134,000 new jobs
  4. 4. Aylesbury Vale Bedford Borough Central Bedfordshire Cherwell Corby Daventry Kettering Luton Northampton Borough South Northamptonshire Wellingborough
  5. 5. University of Bedfordshire 24K students, widening participation focus with strong FE and UTC links Internationally excellent Social Work (Frontline national pilot, Tilda Goldberg Centre, Vauxhall Centre) Nursing and Health: pre/post registration and PG Medical School Computer Science: Electronic and Systems Engineering; Robotics; Wireless Networks; Cybersecurity, Graphics and Visualisation Very strong SME focus for KE and HLS activity Growing short and professional courses portfolio linked to PSRBs
  6. 6. Locations Luton: Main Campus, Putteridge Bury and Butterfield Bedford Campus Aylesbury Campus Milton Keynes at UCMK
  7. 7. Centre for Wireless Research CWR brings together expertise in the area of mobile and wireless networks. With the exciting area of power harvesting on the rise, CWR has developed a unique technology which uses radio signals for powering electronic gadgets – which could eventually eliminate the need for batteries.
  8. 8. Centre for computer graphics and visualisation  Concentrates on research in computer graphics, computer animation and medical visualisation  CCGV collaborative work with more than 30 countries. Involved in 25 international projects and project co-ordinator in 9 of these.
  9. 9. Luton Campus – PG-CPD Centre
  10. 10. Luton Campus – new library
  11. 11. Bedford campus – new teaching building
  12. 12. Luton – Putteridge Bury
  13. 13. Vision ‘Through effective engagement with businesses and strategic partners, deliver a step change in economic prospects across the UK's South East Midlands, encouraging new investment, innovation, learning, sustainable growth and employment’
  14. 14. GHK Local Economic Growth Index (Source: ICF GHK 2013)
  15. 15. European funding SEMLEP has a notional allocation of European funding of £75.6 million (€88.3 million) from the new EU 201420 programme.
  16. 16. What does the University do now? • ‘Skills for Growth’ ESF co-financed project with Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire councils • ‘Supporting Graduates in Employment’ in Leadership and Management • ESF-funded interventions in Luton on Innovation and Growth eg ‘Making Innovation Happen’ • DWP (JC+) Flexible Fund project addressing unemployment of graduates and professionals over 50 • HEFCE-supported Graduate internships project to 2011 • Erasmus Lifelong Learning Programme ‘B-Innovative’ Project for students, graduates and local community
  17. 17. “The trainers shared great knowledge and insight.” “Course and training were excellent…really valuable.” “The techniques used to teach us PRINCE 2 were amazing and it has made me more confident in practicing this way of managing projects.”
  18. 18. “The tutor is amazing, really inspiring. It was one of the best training programmes I’ve ever done!” “The mix of innovation workshops and PRINCE 2 was great!” “The course really brought project management to life!” “The trainer had a high level of knowledge and a superb delivery technique.”
  19. 19. “After 30 years away from the classroom it was a wonderful experience to become a student again and implement the skills and techniques learnt during the programme back into my business.” Sharon Crosby, Blue Direct Limited “The course was both enjoyable and informative and has helped me focus on the ongoing development needs of myself and my business.” Ian Ambrose, A&D Creative Marketing
  20. 20. Typical UoB HLS offer  Knowledge Network – external and UoB Speakers  Themed events, conferences  Short courses: linked to PSRB L3 to L7  Short courses linked to PSRB and accredited by UoB L4 to L7  Higher Apprenticeships*  Award-bearing courses linked to PSRB  Joint curriculum development / delivery partnerships * Development work
  21. 21. Other support for Business Growth Business process improvement for Manufacturing and Services Skills updates in sales and marketing Bespoke programmes in strategic sales management Arabic, Mandarin, Russian, German, Spanish for business Student and graduate placements Innovation voucher and national KT schemes Consultancy services
  22. 22. South East Midlands HEI Group (SEMU)  Buckingham University  University of Bedfordshire  Cranfield University  University of Northampton  Open University
  23. 23. Current Collaborations International, via SEMU group: Zhejiang Universities summer schools and HE-led trade mission planned for 2014 ‘MK: SMART’ HEFCE-supported Catalyst Fund project, ‘an integrated innovation and support programme leveraging large-scale city data to drive economic growth’ Post-graduate Medical School (Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire) – joint Cranfield , University of Hertfordshire and University of Bedfordshire initiative
  24. 24. Where is SEMLEP going? ‘City Deal’ bid (infrastructure-led linked with private sector growth) including application for RGF for a ‘Growth Hub’ delivered by Chambers SEMLEP Skills Forum for business, sector skills experts, and providers European funding: LEP inviting EOIs from stakeholders for inclusion in Skills and Business Support actions Number of sector-specific skills initiatives eg Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing, Logistics, Digital Economy.
  25. 25. SEMLEP Skills Strategy and Skills Forum  Purpose: ensure skills outcomes meet business needs (ref EU investment etc)  Overall aims: information; supply to match demand  Objectives: provision, communication, promotion; provider capacity, business –led delivery, pre-employment opportunities
  26. 26. What can we do together?  Information share eg re sector skills needs and demand  Sector skills briefings  Signposting / awareness and recognition of respective offers  Mutual trade reflecting our respective ATO/PSRB links  Collaborative Bidding to SEMLEP ESF / ERDF and joined-up approaches to sector needs  Joint ‘skills pledges’ to inward investors  Skills Investment Fund: support to employers based on growth potential  Single portal to ‘skills for business’ and competitive responses

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