Co-creation of programmes with business

We will expand our successful model of co-creation of programmes with business to deliver high quality, flexible and accessible education for employees in partnership with leading local and global companies in Scotland, London, New York and key international markets.

GCU’s School for Work Based Education is expanding, building on its success in the co-creation and delivery of programmes that enable employers to develop the knowledge and skills of their workforce and nurture fresh talent.

By extending this successful model in Glasgow, London and New York, we are enhancing our support for business, the public sector and the third sector.

The University also supports bespoke training programmes in the areas of ICT and health. Working with GCU, the Scottish Ambulance Service Academy will develop the skills of 300 frontline medical staff. GCU and global IT company CGI have developed an innovative, bespoke computing degree programme, supporting the company’s new centre of excellence for open source software development services.

SSE Academy

Since the relationship with SSE began in 2010, more than 60 of its managers have gained a qualification in Business and Customer Management at GCU.

The programme was also launched at GCU London in May 2015.

SSE is one of the leading energy companies in the UK, with interests in electricity and gas production, distribution, supply and services.

GCU is the only University in Scotland to offer the opportunity to gain awards though work based education from Higher Education Certificate level through to a full MSc.

The partnership started in 2010 and has gone from strength to strength with over 100 students graduating so far. This year we will be running two programmes – one for SSE employees located in the South / South East and another for the North and West. This enables SSE to broaden access to selected employees for a desirable qualification, through increased capacity and geographical reach.

Transnet Freight Rail

With Transnet, GCU has a five-year agreement for a significant capacity building programme in railway operations management.

Transnet Freight Rail is the largest division of Transnet, with approximately 25,000 employees throughout the country. It is a world class heavy haul freight rail company that specialises in the transportation of freight. The company maintains an extensive rail network across South Africa that connects with other rail networks in the sub-Saharan region, with its rail infrastructure representing about 80% of Africa's total.

Bespoke training

This year the on-campus Scottish Ambulance Service Academy will develop the skills of 300 frontline medical staff. They benefit from our state-of-the-art simulation facilities, training in a real-life clinical environment where they can engage with other health and emergency services professionals.

GCU is also looking to address a technology skills shortage by offering work-based degree programmes in partnership with two global IT companies. Employees of IBM and CGI are studying part-time on the respective BSc (Hons) Software Development for Business and BSc (Hons) Computing programmes in the department of Computer, Communication and Interactive Systems in the School of Engineering and the Built Environment.

The model of delivery allows employees to spend one day per week at University and work for their employers during the remaining days. Knowledge and experience gained while working for their employer or studying in their own time can be taken into consideration as part of the programme, and, likewise, some of the programme modules will be contextualised in the workplace.

The co-creation model is part of GCU’s strategic objective to innovate for social and economic impact, working with partners to deliver high quality, flexible and accessible education for employees in leading local and global companies.

The programmes will support CGI’s new Glasgow-based centre of excellence for open-source software development services as well as IBM’s future talent pipeline in Scotland. The programmes will run over four years and it is hoped that GCU will be able to roll-out its IT programme portfolio to other businesses in the future.