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Project overview

Strategic Employer Engagement (SEE) in Devon is a partnership project which seeks to work with SMEs across the region to strengthen higher-level vocational education and training, through increasing the number of employees undertaking training that directly relates to their work needs.

Working alongside higher and further education institutions across the region, the project builds on Government policy to develop a demand-led skills system with employers shaping provision to meet their requirements.

Running in tandem with the Hidden Talent project, SEE ensures that training is applicable to and addresses both the skills needs and delivery preferences of employers.

Our activities

The University of Plymouth is delivering specific activity in the project related in particular to our higher and degree apprenticeship and CPD offering. Key areas of focus include:

  • The development of new qualifications – so far including the Chartered Manager, Nursing Associate and Digital Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeships with others also in the pipeline.
  • Taster courses – to provide routes-in for both employers and employees interested in undertaking higher-level skills, working with the Hidden Talent project.
  • Specific sector based activities – for example, the project will be working with engineering businesses in the region to undertake student projects to support businesses and bespoke CPD.

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Free workplace needs assessments

We offered skills analysis' to all SMEs in Devon completely free of charge. 

With our industry-led approach, we helped businesses to identify skills needs and learn about our bespoke training solutions, enabling businesses to:

  • attract and retain the best talent
  • excel in leadership and staff development
  • embed succession planning. 

Find out more about free workplace needs assessments

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