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They have been shortlisted in the THE Awards (Times Higher Education) in the category for Outstanding Contribution to Leadership Development. This award seeks to recognise and reward imaginative schemes that foster leadership development at any level of management. The CWRS team has been shortlisted for collaborating with Faculty and departmental managers across the University to develop one of the UK’s most innovative Senior Leaders Master’s Degree Apprenticeship (SLMDA) programmes. By combining curricula and accrediting workplace learning opportunities, this provides more effective staff progression routes, develops the institutional workforce, and widens participation through enhanced social mobility and lifelong learning.

This follows on from two other national awards earlier in the year, continuing the national recognition for these trailblazing programmes in partnership with employers

Recognition for innovation came from the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning in Higher Education (UALL), which celebrates projects, programmes, partnerships and research that promote lifelong learning in the Higher Education sector. 

At its 2019 Conference and awards ceremony, Chester was runner-up, along with the University of Warwick, in the Innovation Award.

At the Educate North Awards 2019, the Centre for Work Related Studies (CWRS) gained the Business Collaboration and Partnership award for its Senior Leaders Master’s Degree Apprenticeship.

Since 2016, CWRS has worked collaboratively with businesses to design, manage and develop continuously one of the earliest and most innovative business and management degree apprenticeship programmes in the UK. This builds on its long-running work based learning and accreditation work for adult learners. Its work requires proactive engagement and collaboration with an array of national and regional stakeholders, including universities, colleges, private providers, schools, councils, local enterprise partnerships, government departments, employers and funding agencies. It combines curricula and accredit workplace learning opportunities, providing more effective progression routes, developing workforces, and widening participation through enhanced social mobility and lifelong learning strategies.

Lisa Rowe, Deputy Head, CWRS and Director of Business Engagement and Partnerships, said: “I'm absolutely delighted that our work is consistently recognised through such awards. We are committed to working with employers to support and develop people from all ages, backgrounds, cultures and sectors through our innovative work-based learning programmes, and consequently we are beginning to see our learners creating a significant impact in their workplaces and accelerate their careers."

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