Developing Higher Level Skills for Your Workforce

Developing Higher Level Skills for Your Workforce

This event is supported by the European Social Fund.

  • Plymouth Science Park, 1 Davy Road, Derriford, Plymouth PL6 8BX

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  • Do you want to attract and retain the best talent? 
  • Would you like to excel in leadership and staff development? 
  • Are you looking to grow your business by exploiting new digital skills?
  • Are you keen to work with universities and colleges but unsure whether what they offer will suit your business needs? 

The University of Plymouth, City College Plymouth and Plymouth College of Art are jointly organising this FREE event to give businesses a taste of some of the exciting new courses we offer which are tailored to business needs. 

The event, which is funded by the European Social Fund, is open to both employers and employees of businesses within Plymouth and the wider Devon area. 

Following a short introduction outlining how businesses and employees can benefit from our courses, there will be a keynote speech from a leading Plymouth business owner. Delegates will then be able to choose between three separate taster workshops.

Draft programme

09:00-09:30 - Coffee and registration

09:30-09:40 - Introduction and outline of the day

09:40-10:00 - speaker to be confirmed

10:00-11:30 - Taster workshops (part 1)

Strategic Workforce Planning – University of Plymouth

How can you make sure you have the workforce needed to fully achieve what you’ve set out in your business plan? Learn how to plan for workforce development as your business grows with tips on allocating and delegating responsibilities and using training to address recruitment issues.

Smartphone Filmmaking – City College Plymouth

Making short promos for web and social media or shooting internal comms films using your smartphone. Get your message out to customers or colleagues using quick, easy technology and some of our useful tips on framing, sound recording and editing.

Digital Design and Manufacture – Plymouth College of Art 

Support your business and professional growth using digital design and manufacturing with Fab Lab Plymouth. You will leave this session with an in-depth understanding of how your business’ potential could grow using the power of digital design, prototyping and manufacture.

11:30-11:50 - Networking coffee break including an opportunity to visit stands and have 1:1 consultations

11:50-13:00 - Taster workshops (part 2): continuation of the workshops listed above

13:00-14:00 - Networking lunch including an opportunity to visit stands and have 1:1 consultations

14:00-14:30 - Event close

Register attendance and book your place on one of the free taster sessions via the above link.

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Additional workshop information

Strategic Workforce Planning

With record low unemployment and high levels of economic uncertainty, there could never be a better time to ensure your workforce has the right mix of skills, roles and attributes to meet your business needs and objectives. 

This taster workshop will cover some of the key aspects of strategic workforce planning, providing tips on how you can make sure you have the workforce needed to fully achieve what you’ve set out in your business plan. 

It will include a presentation from an HR specialist, followed by a range of workshop activities and the opportunity for some peer-to-peer learning. Attendees will learn how to develop a framework for planning workforce development, preparing for future issues and overcoming key challenges, with the option of follow-up feedback after the event. 

The session will be of particular benefit to business owners, managing directors and HR managers, including owner/managers from business that have only recently begun to take on several staff members. 

Making Content on Your Smartphone

With the digital world and digital marketing being such a fast growing area, all businesses are trying to keep up with new ways of communicating their messages to their clients and customers.

This taster session will be a fun and interactive look at some of the things you can do when making business focused video content on your Smartphone with the opportunity for some video-making and peer-to-peer learning.

Please bring along your own device and any previous examples of videos you’ve made for internal or external use, we will endeavour to give you feedback on these and help you to think about the style and tone of the messages you would like to send out to clients and customers using video in the future.

Support Your Business and Professional Growth Using Digital Design and Manufacturing

Fab Lab Plymouth at Plymouth College of Art is a fully-equipped digital manufacturing laboratory that gives you the power to turn ideas and concepts into reality. We provide businesses, students and the public with access to the very latest in digital technology — so you can unlock the power of making today. 

Successful businesses are always evolving, so being able to create prototypes quickly, try out new ideas and test concepts in an affordable way are all vital processes if you want to stay ahead in your sector. Our digital manufacturing processes such as 3D printing (FDM and SLA), laser cutting, 3D scanning and CNC machining, enable you to do all this, without the need to invest in costly equipment.

This session will focus on supporting your business’ growth through digital design and rapid manufacturing. Starting with a what’s what of the Fab Lab, followed by an introduction to additive and subtractive manufacturing and other processes that are integral to rapid prototyping, R&D and manufacture, you will leave with an in-depth understanding of how your business could grow and improve its bottom line using the power of digital design, prototyping and manufacture.

Event photography and video
Please be aware that some of the University of Plymouth's public events may be attended by University photographers and videographers, for capturing content to be used in University online and offline marketing and promotional materials, for example webpages, brochures or leaflets. If for whatever reason, you or a member of your group, do not wish to be photographed, please make yourself known to staff working at the event on arrival or to the photographer.