Portsmouth Business School

Talent Development

If your organisation operates a training and development programme, there may be an opportunity for this to be given academic recognition and contribute towards a University qualification for participating staff members.   We will assess the content and outcomes of your training and development programme and identify and design learning units so that it meets the specification of a Higher Education degree – either at undergraduate or postgraduate level.  Participants who successfully pass all elements of the programme can then graduate with the appropriate academic award.

The benefits are clear:

  • We can bring fresh ideas and the latest business thinking into your organisation
  • We will add enormous value to the existing training and development programme
  • We can design the outcomes to meet the strategic objectives of your organisation
  • Participation will bring positive impact into the workplace
  • Much of the learning will be work-based bringing a clear return on investment 
  • The programme is an incentive for talent retention
  • Our partnership could result in a 'Corporate University' for your organisation

We have a range of degree programmes which can be adapted to suit the development needs of your talent development and which could cover the following subjects:

  • Creativity and new product/service design
  • Change and project management
  • Sales and marketing
  • Quality and productivity improvement
  • Finance and risk
  • Law and procurement

Case study - Hewlett Packard Enterprise

In 2010, Maurice Fitzgerald, Hewlett Packard Enterprise's vice-president of Customer Experience and Strategy (since retired), signed a deal with Portsmouth Business School to train its ‘Black Belt’ champions. Every year since then, an elite group of individuals has been hand-picked by the organisation to study for a specially adapted Masters programme to support their ‘lean’ methodology. Alumni from the programme have nothing but praise for the successful partnership, which sees them gain a Masters in Strategic Quality Management.

'I’m 56 so I initially questioned whether this course was going to make much difference to my career. But I have to say it’s been fascinating to go back to University and learn about the theory that underpins a lot of practical business decisions.' – John Holland, HP  

'Knowledge has a really short shelf-life and you need to continually top-up your learning or you and your organisation will grind to a halt. If you surround yourself with creative minds it creates a buoyancy effect to move the whole organisation forward.' – Ray Dodd, HP

Case Study – NHS

Another example is with the NHS. In 2009 a consortia of NHS trusts, city councils, and voluntary providers across the south coast of UK worked with University of Portsmouth to design a masters programme for leaders in health and wellbeing services. NHS South Central and relevant divisions of councils and provider organisations, which have an annual budget of £2bn and employ over 100,000 staff, provided scholarships for potential directors of the future. A shared learning group for those involved along the whole pathway of patient experience cemented partnership working and raised confidence in commercial improvement.

'A great opportunity to gain academic recognition for 20 years of NHS experience' – Alison Howett, NHS Commissioner

'My first year has been both daunting and exciting. It has developed my leadership skills, equipping me with the tools and knowledge not only to improve myself but also the service delivery of my team. Looking forward to my second year!' – Sharon Wemyss, Clinical manager, Solent Healthcare

'The programme has had significant influence on how I now approach the many different areas of my work' – Carol Foley, NHS Service Lead

Case study – Vestas

Academics from the University of Portsmouth Business School began teaching a degree to staff at Vestas, the world’s biggest manufacturer of wind turbines, at their premises on the Isle of Wight in September. This is the first time the course has been taught off-campus.

There are 24 employees at Vestas undertaking the part-time three year Foundation degree in Leadership and Management after a partnership deal was signed between the Danish company and the Portsmouth Business School earlier this year.

James Luter, Director of the Prototype Facility at Vestas, said: “We are delighted to be working with University of Portsmouth Business School. We have important strategic goals to deliver over the next 3-4 years and this programme will form an integral part by helping us link our leadership and management capabilities to the needs of the business.  We particularly value the flexible approach offered by Portsmouth.”  

How we can work with you

Whether your requirement is bespoke or an existing programme which can be adapted, we can respond swiftly to your requirements.

Typically the programmes are delivered through blended learning which encompasses:

  • An element of face-to-face delivery - programme completion rates are 99 per cent this way compared to 88 per cent by distance learning alone and it brings students and academics together to discuss and explore issues and solutions.
  • Access to online learning through the vast resources of the University Library and online personal tutor contact.
  • Reflection on past work experience.

Time Commitment

These are part-time, work-based programmes designed to ensure that participants can manage their work life and study balance. Depending upon the level of prior accreditation, the programme will last approximately two years, with 10 days of face-to face learning per year and approximately eight hours of self study each week.

Cost and Fees

There will be an initial charge to cover the cost of the assessment of your current training and development programme and the design of the academic content.  This varies between different organisations and their requirements, but will be in the range of between £10,000 and £20,000.  Course fees will vary depending upon prior accreditation but will be set at the median level for UK Universities.

Find out more

We are happy to discuss the talent management requirements of your organisation.  Please email the Business Services and Research Office or telephone us on +44 (0) 23 9284 4488 so that we can arrange to meet.