Top marks for University of Derby Corporate

Kedleston Road campus 504x257 Top marks for University of Derby Corporate

Date posted: 15 January 2014

Delighted businesses rate the work based learning programmes at University of Derby Corporate (UDC) so highly they have scored them a perfect 10 in a survey.

An impressive 100% of clients said they would work with UDC, the University's work based learning division, again and recommend it to others.

UDC works with organisations to develop higher level skills in their workforces and was recognised as being 'professional, friendly and flexible' in the survey. Clients include Toyota, Sally Beauty Holdings, Center Parcs, Waterstones and the NHS.

Sally Beauty Holdings, a supplier of beauty products, approached UDC to accredit its professional hair and beauty academy training programmes in Hair, Beauty, Sales and Service. This added value to the company's in-house training as learners also now achieve a university qualification.

So far, 96% of learners from the first group of students feel the programme has helped them provide advice that leads to a positive customer experience and repeat business. The newly-adapted courses have also given them more self-confidence.

Angela Gibbins, learning and development manager UK for Sally Beauty Holdings UK & Ireland, said: "UDC's commitment to achieving our common goals has been instrumental in establishing a clear structure and process for students to follow. They are clearly committed to delivering quality programmes that drive academic achievement for individuals."

The client satisfaction survey also revealed:

• The ability to tailor learning programmes to clients' needs, value for money and quality of service are the top three reasons clients choose to work with UDC;

• Clients recognise University of Derby Corporate's learning programmes make a major contribution to generating a positive culture for learning and progression; and

• More than 50% of clients surveyed reported the learning programme had a real positive impact on staff engagement and motivation.

Carol Steed, Acting Head of UDC, said: "Our track record of delivering work based learning solutions is impressive and we enable our partner employers to achieve positive and tangible changes. The results of the survey endorse this.

"For many learners they've gone much further than they could have imagined and that has given them confidence. This has a positive impact on the company and is vital in order to create the leaders and managers we need for the future."

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