Strategic Employer Engagement (SEE)

Project overview

Strategic Employer Engagement (SEE) in Devon and Somerset 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 Hidden Talent, SEE ensures that training is applicable to and addresses both the skills needs and delivery preferences of employers.

Plymouth focus

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.

Specific activities

As part of its specific role in delivering the project, the University of Plymouth is developing a number of avenues through which businesses can engage with work-related provision, including free events and CPD activities for businesses across the region. Specific areas where the project can provide support include:

  • Recognising and building on experience – recognising the role of existing employee experience in developing higher level skills.
  • Understanding your training and development needs – sessions to help businesses assess their training needs.
  • Meeting your training and development needs – one-to-one information, advice and guidance sessions to inform businesses of how their identified training needs can be met.
  • Workforce planning taster sessions – including such topics as succession planning, delegating to and developing managers in a growing business.

Work-based degrees and higher apprenticeships

Helping employers develop, harness and focus the skills of emerging talent within their organisation whilst offering employees opportunity to pursue undergraduate degree qualifications alongside real-life work experience.

Industry-led, higher and degree apprenticeships to support business growth

Higher and degree apprenticeships with the University of Plymouth

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