For over 14 years
We have worked with further and higher education to build valuable links to the business sector. These links open doors for students, enhance the curricula and increase income.
Benefits for Educators
The training, materials and services that Working Knowledge provide our education partners can result in a variety of benefits:
The learner experience is more closely aligned to the workplace making it more relevant to the learner and therefore raising retention and attainment levels.
Today has been enlightening and motivating to see how improving working relationships with employers can benefit our students.
– Liz Kilby Curriculum Director, Aylesbury College
Our education partners gain a reputation for better helping business access young talent ideal for apprenticeship, full and part time roles in their businesses, which in turn increases and diversifies revenue streams.
Educators already have a lot on their plates. We make things easier by providing a shortcut to a wide spectrum of business expertise and knowledge through the volunteer community.
Business volunteers that enjoy the experience of working with young people are much more likely to be interested in getting further involved. This would boost your recruitment of supervisors, assessors, teachers and lecturers with industry experience.
The positive experience employers will have from spending time with your learners will positively change their opinion of the value of young people in their workplace. This is especially important in changing the often negative perceptions that managers have of young people.
Use the opportunity of spending time with young people as a shop window to bring employers/businesses in to the college/university and experience first hand all that is great about the institution. Private Training Providers do not have this pool of young people to access, giving full time education providers an often untapped advantage over the competition.
Input from employers helps educators to tweak their curriculum delivery so that it can also reflect the needs of the workplace.
The employers are great to consult with. It has changed my attitude to my role. I now realise that I should involve working professionals to support the delivery of the curriculum. – Douglas Wost Chichester College
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Weston College was independently named the College of the Year in 2015 and is designated as Ofsted Outstanding.
We have worked with Weston College for ten straight years. In that time they have secured themselves in the top 1% of colleges in the country, grown their revenue from c. £12m to c. £60m and have achieved a surplus throughout.
“To ensure brighter futures for all, Weston College Group, like all colleges, need to provide a strong and sustainable financial foundation. Rigorously controlling costs is only one side of the coin to achieve this. Many education providers forget we have a duty to look outside of our normal income streams to open new avenues. James at Working Knowledge has provided us with a challenging and innovative perspective on income generation particularly related to winning Apprenticeship Levy business from companies looking at apprentices for the very first time.”
-Dr Paul Phillips, CBE. Principal and Chief Executive, Weston College
Our services to Weston College include:
- Management Training
- Commercial Consultancy
- Delivery of apprenticeships in partnership
- Student employability events/ training
Our services to education include:
1. management training
2. student events
3. commercial consultancy
4. partnership delivery
5. xing license
1. Management training
We provide bespoke training to curriculum and support managers to develop the knowledge and skills required to lead commercially savvy teams with an entrepreneurial flair.
Our style is practical, hands-on and highly responsive to the needs of delegates and the required outcome/s. All bespoke programmes involve the local/regional business community as business volunteers to offer non-educational perspectives and build valuable links.
2. Student Events
Working Knowledge has run over 200 student events, involving more than 30,000 students and 3,000 business volunteers. We engage business volunteers relevant to the curriculum and level of the students involved.
These events are ideal for building connections between educators, learners, and potential future employers.
3. Commercial Consultancy
Our speciality here is to review and restructure processes, resources and communication strategies to win and deliver Apprenticeship Levy business to boost college incomes.
4. Partnership Delivery
Our partnerships with colleges are designed to deliver Employer Academies that target Levy paying businesses with little to no culture of apprenticeships Working Knowledge leads on sales, account management and some content delivery. The first company to run with the programme went from employing their first apprentice in 2016 to contracting 132 in 2018. One partnership has resulted in £715,000 of contracted apprenticeship business .
5. Xing License
Xing is a business ‘tool’ that helps students studying all curricula to better understand how to build a business from an idea. Developed with the support of the Centre of Entrepreneurship Learning at the University of Cambridge, Xing is now licensed by 29 universities in the UK and abroad.
The strength of Xing is in the collaborative and kinaesthetic way that students learn, which enables a trainer to facilitate 60 plus students at the same time.
Enterprise, employability and employer engagement are huge agendas for universities. Xing offers a very practical way to tick all three boxes in one go and captures the minds of students of all curricula – Marc Lintern, Director of Employability and Student Success, Newcastle University
Also, being visual, it is the ideal tool to involve business volunteers to support the student’s learning in a time-efficient and professional way.
Working Knowledge provides facilitator training and the product materials to licensees.
View this video to hear from students how Xing works
Below is the list of universities that have full licenses to use Xing
|Arcada University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki.||Manchester Metropolitan University||University of Central Lancashire|
|Birmingham City University||Newcastle University||University of East London|
|Canterbury Christ Church University||Queen Mary, University of London||University of Exeter|
|City University, London||Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication||University of Liverpool|
|Glyndwr University||Sheffield Hallam University||University of Manchester|
|GSM London||University College Birmingham||University of Plymouth|
|Imperial College London||University College Falmouth||University of Sheffield|
|Lancaster University||University of Birmingham||University of Surrey|
|Liverpool John Moores University||University of Bristol||University of the West of England|
|London Metropolitan University||University of Cape Town|
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