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The University of Chester's Centre for Work Related Studies (CWRS) has one of the longest track records in working collaboratively with commercial and public sector training providers to provide the added kudos of university accreditation to existing training or learning provision. The Centre’s approach has been commended by the UK Quality Assurance Agency and showcased by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Accreditation Services

CWRS is one of the largest pioneers using ‘learning through work’ approaches in the world, and enjoys a strong reputation amongst professionals, employers and the government bodies who fund and review higher education quality. CWRS's team of experienced accreditation specialists at the Centre can help you accredit:

  • In-house training (or learning and development activities)
  • Practical learning which targets the needs of the employee and relates to the workplace
  • Work based or work related projects which can have a direct bearing on workplace activity
  • Enhancing and developing employees skills.

An overview of the co-delivery process is outlined here:

Co-delivery through WBIS

National Training Organisations

The Centre works with a variety of national training organisations to accredit training provision across the UK.  Our professional network of accredited provision finds that university accreditation boosts the appeal of training programmes, and that clients can gain substantially more from the training through the application of the training ideas in their workplace. Examples include:

  • Coach and mentor training accreditation
  • Social work conflict transformation training accreditation
  • Communication, negotiation and facilitation skills training accreditation
  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner Accreditation.

Training / Learning & Development departments

 I have four Decision Makers currently undertaking the higher programmes at the moment. They're getting on well and the difference in them personally and the improvements in their work and the influence they have on the team is already evident.

The Centre works with training and learning & development departments to accredit their in-house training provision. Accreditation can boost employee commitment to the organisation and motivation in their daily work. Examples of provision that may be accredited include the following, delivered by employees or contractors:

  • Induction and orientation
  • Leadership and management training
  • Talent development
  • Coaching, mentoring and facilitation.

One example of how a educational department has worked with CWRS to develop and embed professional learning is at the Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust at Arrowe Park and Clatterbridge. The hospital manager responsible for setting up the cohort says:

It's really useful being able to have an input into the design of the courses... By doing this we know that we impart the latest thinking and techniques to our staff, which not only allows them to perform better at work but also contributes towards their qualifications... It's an excellent programme and the way it is set up gives both the hospital and our staff so much flexibility." Taken from a Learning through Work Interview.

HR departments

The Centre works with HR departments to accredit their in-house training provision. This may be delivered by employees or contractors. Along with developing deeper skills, accreditation can also boost employee commitment to the organisation and daily motivation. Examples of provision that may be accredited include:

  • Induction and orientation
  • Leadership and management training
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Health, safety and wellbeing.