One of the region’s leading housing associations has teamed up with University College Birmingham (UCB) to develop a bespoke programme to inspire the organisation’s future managers.
Midland Heart has created a 12-month ‘Aspiring Managers’ programme, tailored to meet the exact needs of the business as part of its leadership academy.p The program is a key element in their strategy to grow their own talent and creating an environment where people can really develop their careers.
Working closely with UCB, 20 of their current staff will work towards a level 3 qualification, accredited with the Chartered Management Institute, in team leading and supervising, with additional modules in coaching and mentoring, and leading change.
This is the first programme of its kind and utilises funds from the new Apprenticeship Levy as Bal Kang, Director of HR at Midland Heart, explains: “Historically, apprenticeship and other such schemes were structured in such a way that there was little room for diversifying content.
“However, the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy provides organisation’s such as ourselves with the opportunity to develop bespoke courses which meet the future commercial needs of our business.
“By working with UCB we have been able to create the right development path relevant to each person. Initially open to just 10 individuals, the response within the business has been phenomenal, which has led to 20 places being awarded in the first year.
Midland Heart’s partnership with UCB is set to inspire other companies who are currently looking at their own schemes as Gail Tipper, Head of Apprenticeships at UCB, explains: “Midland Heart is one of the first organisations to explore how apprenticeship schemes can work to maximise the outcome for all and we are delighted to have been able to develop a new programme which suits their exact requirements.
“Universities such as ourselves need to flex to our clients’ needs and we are currently working with a number of businesses to develop educational programmes which are designed to meet the needs of their business in the future.”