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Comitti K. (2009) Exploring external employer related relationships to deliver the Early Years programme of courses and awards. Final project report. PBPL paper 44

Resource author

Kathryn Comitti

Resource type

Final project report

Description

There is a growing need for universities to work closely with employers, both to provide appropriate training and also to attract funding. In order to meet this changing agenda The Open University (OU) needs to move from its traditional approach of supporting the delivery of individual courses to individual students and be able to respond to the requirements of wider stakeholder groups such as the employer and other sponsors.

There is evidence that higher level management in the OU has acknowledged the need to change focus, however, as yet this change of approach is not filtering down through all levels of staff or being appropriately supported by systems and procedures. The current process of change is too slow to maintain pace with the requirements of the external environment and meet the needs of employers working with the OU now. If change is not driven through at a more appropriate pace the OU risks losing these employers to other providers, so missing opportunities for leverage and growth of existing relationships.

This PBPL CETL funded investigation and report concentrates on the management, systems and support for the development and maintenance of external employer and partnership relationships. It will not be about the content and pedagogy of courses and awards.

Documents

Comitti K. (2009) Exploring external employer related relationships to deliver the Early Years programme of courses and awards. Final project report. PBPL paper 44 Comitti K. (2009) Exploring external employer related relationships to deliver the Early Years programme of courses and awards. Final project report. PBPL paper 44

Date added

28th Jan 2010