UWE Bristol launches Skills Bootcamp in Achieving Zero Carbon Buildings to support employers in upskilling their workforce

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UWE Bristol is delivering a 12-week course starting on Friday 13 January 2023 designed to support employers from across the construction, engineering, and related industries to upskill their workforce to meet the current and future challenges of the climate change crisis through achieving zero carbon buildings.

Funded by the Department of Education, as part of the Government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee, helping everyone gain skills for life’ our 12–week Skills Bootcamp will give learners the skills and knowledge of the role that modern methods of construction (MMC) and new digital technologies have in delivering zero carbon. With one-day per week of learning, learners will explore these challenges through diverse and hands-on learning activities, case studies and live discussions to develop fundamental knowledge and then enhance those skills to take back and embed into their organisations and own roles.

Why is this Skills Bootcamp beneficial to my organisation?

Employers in the construction industry require people ready to face the challenges of a changing sector that needs to rapidly modernise and decarbonise. Recently the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government and the Construction Leadership Council have emphasised the use of industrialised manufacturing (MMC) and digital technologies as key to unlocking current competitiveness and sustainability issues in the industry.

As such, the industry is in urgent need of individuals:

  • with knowledge and awareness of MMC and the required integration of a complex supply chain working under just-in-time conditions.
  • that are digitally literate and capable of working with Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • with knowledge and awareness of best sustainable practice, how to measure carbon footprints and how to implement effective carbon and energy reduction measures in new and retrofitted buildings.
  • able to collaborate and be part of a team.

By upskilling your workforce through our Skills Bootcamp in Achieving Zero Carbon Buildings, employers are committing to providing their employee with the opportunity of a new role or taking on additional responsibility in their current role, utilising the skills learnt. In return employers will benefit from an able and ready workforce to tackle future challenges in sustainable buildings and contribute to business and sector growth.

Across the 12 weeks learners will explore:

  • Session 1 – Introduction to Skills Bootcamp
  • Session 2 – Introduction to the Climate Change & the Net-Zero Carbon Building’s Challenge
  • Session 3 – Building Services & Zero Carbon
  • Session 4 – Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) for Zero Carbon (approaches and systems)
  • Session 5 – Site visit
  • Session 6 – Retrofitting for Zero Carbon
  • Session 7 – New Technologies for Zero Carbon (digital)
  • Session 8 – Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) for Zero Carbon (logistics and coordination)
  • Session 9 – Industry Symposium; Skills Development and Mentorship
  • Session 10 – New Technologies for Zero Carbon (MEP)
  • Session 11 – Learner presentations – How to Achieve Zero Carbon on Real Buildings?
  • Session 12 – Industry Symposium; Skills Development and Mentorship

Bootcamp fees

Skills Bootcamps are heavily funded for employers to access impactful training for their workforce to help to meet their industry’s current and future challenges. For this bootcamp, employers will be required to contribute the following fee per an employee:

  • SME organisation contribution (per employee)   £420
  • Large organisation contribution (per employee) £1,260

Eligibility

Skills Bootcamp learners must meet the following basic eligibility criteria:

  • Be aged 19 plus
  • Not currently in full-time or part-time education
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Live in England
  • Have not registered and attended (including partial completion) any other skills bootcamp in between April 2022-March 2023 from any provider.

Full information and registration.

Or contact the UWE Bristol Skills Bootcamps Team on: bootcamps@uwe.ac.uk or 0117 32 86303

Black History Month 2022: Skills focus

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As part of Black History Month 2022, we are spotlighting individuals working around the following themes:

  • Skills
  • Innovation
  • Research
  • Business

This week we are focusing on Skills:

UWE Bristol in partnership with Black South West Network and NatWest are working to deliver the Green Skills for Jobs and Entrepreneurship (Green Skills) programme. This is an initiative funded by the UK Government’s Community Renewal Fund (CRF) and managed by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) on behalf of the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC).  

Green Skills is a unique and transformational programme that provides access to jobs, training and business opportunities to Black, Asian and minoritised young people (aged 18-28) and recent graduates living in Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset, Bath and Northeast Somerset.  

Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees joined our most recent cohort of learners on one of our programme delivery days, where he spoke to learners about leadership, the Bristol One City plan and the city’s declaration of a climate and ecological emergency drawing on its intersection with racial and social justice and the need for a just and inclusive transition to a greener workforce.   

It was fantastic to meet with young people taking part in the Green Skills for Jobs programme and discuss their concerns and ideas for responding to the climate crisis. It is particularly encouraging to see minoritised communities representing the full diversity of our city given space to engage in these issues and bring solutions to the table.  

We know the impacts of the climate crisis will disproportionately impact minoritised groups, both locally and globally. We also know that there is a huge opportunity for young people to benefit from green jobs and skills, where there is growing demand and expansion. This programme highlights the need to tackle economic and climate justice together and I look forward to seeing what the group go on to do next.

UWE Bristol launches new and accredited Digital Marketing Bootcamp for employers to upskill their staff or individuals looking to change career

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UWE Bristol is delivering a 12-14 week course designed to provide individuals with high-impact workplace skills that they can immediately input into their organisation or use to help them find a new role. With one-day per week of learning, learners will be able to gain the DMI Professional Diploma in Digital Marketing and boost their CV.  

Funded by West of England Combined Authority, our 12–14-week bootcamp will give learners the skills and knowledge to become a digital marketer. Each week will focus on a specific area of digital marketing to develop fundamental knowledge and then enhance those skills through interactive activities.

The training will be offered to two separate cohorts to support more individuals as below:

Cohort 1 – Young adults (19 – 26), women and underrepresented groups currently unemployed or looking to start or progress their career in digital marketing.

Starts Wednesday 12 October 2022

Cohort 2 – individuals employed in an SME in the region, looking to develop or enhance their digital marketing skills to take on new responsibilities or a new role within their organization.

Starts Wednesday 11 January 2023

Individuals who are not employed within Digital Marketing and are looking to start a new career can register for cohort 1 and will be supported with the skills to work in the industry alongside support to boost CV and LinkedIn profiles to attract potential new employment.

Employers can put their employees forward for cohort 2, or employees can apply individually. As the employees move through the training they will develop a portfolio of work based on existing work-based problems to enable the learning to have an instant impact and they will also be supported with a personal development plan to support career development.

Once registered onto our digital marketing bootcamp you automatically become a member of the DMI which means you get access to an extensive toolkit of resources, e-books, podcasts, lessons and much more, all of which can greatly support your learning and career beyond this training.

Course Content

  • Session 1 – Introduction to Digital Marketing
  • Session 2 – Content Marketing 
  • Session 3 – Social Media Marketing 
  • Session 4 – Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) 
  • Session 5 – Pay Per Click 
  • Session 6 – YouTube and Display 
  • Session 7 – Email Marketing 
  • Session 8 – Website Optimisation
  • Session 9 – Analytics 
  • Session 10 – Digital Marketing Strategy
  • Session 11 – Revision & Career Development Planning
  • Session 12 – Revision & Career Development Planning
  • Session 13 – 14 – CV development, Linkedin, Interview prep and employability skills 

Eligibility

Our bootcamps are open to individuals and businesses located in the West of England region (Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Bath and Northeast Somerset, and North Somerset). While each cohort has a primary targeted audience, we will consider applications from anyone who meets the basic eligibility criteria of being based in the west of England.

  • Be aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Not have taken or be undertaking any other funded skills bootcamp in 2022
  • Live or be working for an employer; or looking to gain employment in the West of England region

Full information and register your interest here.

Registrations now open for Year Two of the Help to Grow: Management Programme 

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After a successful first year of the Help to Grow: Management training programme, registrations are now open for Year Two at UWE Bristol. 

Help to Grow: Management is a 12-week practical training programme for senior managers of small and medium enterprises that aims to help boost performance, resilience, and long-term growth of their businesses. Delivered through a blend of online and face-to-face learning, the course covers strategies for growth and innovation, leading high-performance teams, and digital adoption, as well as financial management and responsible business practices. 

Learners engage in regular peer group calls, have access to 10 hours of one-to-one mentor support, hear from guest speakers and have access to join other SME leaders through both local and national alumni networks. 

By the end of the programme, participants will develop a tailored business growth plan to help increase productivity and revenue and thus take their business to the next level.  

Help to Grow: Management is 90% subsidised by the government and costs just £750. Designed to be undertaken alongside full-time work, the twelve modules require 50 hours of commitment to timetabled activities.  

In our first year, UWE Bristol has guided over one hundred SME leaders through the programme, building on the university’s proven track record of supporting SMEs across the South-West. UWE Bristol has held the Small Business Charter since 2015 indicating a strong track record in working with, supporting and developing businesses. Those completing the programme have benefitted from the expertise of UWE module facilitators – Senior Lecturers at Bristol Business School who combine academic and real-life business experience. Additionally, learners have been supported throughout the course by a dedicated project support team enabling the smooth running of the programme and excellent pastoral care.  

UWE Bristol Help to Grow: Management Alumni, Robert Ogden of Renewable Exchange commented:  

“The programme gives you a very broad coverage of a lot of relevant business topics. For me personally, the mentoring sessions were a great way to take the entire course material, distil down what I found most relevant to Renewable Exchange and then turn these into actionable changes. Some of these changes can be fairly significant, for example, we’ve now opened an office in Germany which is our first international market. But, quite a lot of the changes that you might look to make are fairly small and quick improvements and just those marginable gains that improves the way the business functions and considers problems, and I found these to be really helpful for Renewable Exchange.  

If you’re looking for ways to grow your business, and if you go in with the right open-minded attitude and can commit the necessary time to learning and taking action off the back of it, then you’ve got a really great chance of getting some success out of your investment into the programme, so I would definitely recommend it.” 

UWE Bristol Programme Director, Dan Knox commented: 

“We at Bristol Business School are rightly proud of our long-standing commitment to regional businesses and communities, and especially pleased to have supported so many businesses on the Help to Grow: Management programme.  The depth and breadth of support that this programme offers is unrivalled nationally and really gives SME leaders the time, the space and the tools to step back from day-to-day operations in order to think strategically. We look forward to welcoming many more businesses to the programme in 2022-23 and to continuing to support our alumni to find the most appropriate ways for them to continue to grow and to engage with further opportunities in the regional and national business development ecosystem.”   

UWE Bristol are running courses across the South West, including Bristol, Devon, Somerset, Wiltshire and Cornwall through the academic year 2022-23.  

Find out more about courses available and book your place on our website or contact the team on helptogrow@uwe.ac.uk


Time for SMEs in the West of England to seize the opportunities from the transition to net zero

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Calling SMEs across the West of England region – now is the time to plan for net zero with fully funded support from the Skills for Clean Growth programme.
 
The pace of change in the economy and legislative environment is accelerating as business leaders and politicians look to reach ambitious targets to reduce carbon intensity at a regional, national and international level. The West of England has gone beyond the commitments of central government with the ambition to reach net zero across the region by 2030.

At the same time, consumers, businesses and investors are growing in appetite for products and services that have a positive environmental impact and are driving decarbonisation.

By embracing low carbon practices, you will help position your business to prosper in this rapidly changing world.

Skills for Clean Growth will support you to grow your business in a sustainable way by upskilling your management team and employees to drive change and the adoption of low carbon practices.

Free expert support from the Skills for Clean Growth programme

The Skills for Clean Growth programme (part of the West of England’s Workforce for the Future Programme and being delivered by UWE Bristol and NatWest) is supporting SMEs to manage the risks and embrace the opportunities from the transition to net zero. Driven by the needs of businesses on the programme, training is focused on support that is immediately actionable.
 
SMEs are supported with analysing their skills needs & action planning before being given access to bespoke training, resources, and peer networks to help reach their targets.

Current workshops topics include Green Energy Procurement and Management, Measuring Carbon Emissions, and Behavioural Change, with new training and resources continually developed in response to the needs of businesses engaging with the programme.

Register now to start your clean growth journey .

“There is a climate emergency and everyone is going to have to do their bit to help build a greener future. As we change the way we make goods and retrofit our homes we will need a newly skilled workforce. That is of course also a significant opportunity to create high skilled, well paid, green jobs. I’m pleased to be able to offer this support so workers will get the skills they need to meet the demands of a greener economy.”
Dan Norris, Mayor, West of England Combined Authority

Launch event

Join us on Wednesday 25 May to find out about the programme and the opportunities available to businesses.

This event will bring together key stakeholders and SMEs on the programme, whilst providing an overview of the overall Workforce for the Future programme and the support available through Skills for Clean Growth. There will be several speaker slots from key partners, UWE Bristol academics and industry leaders with a green skills and low carbon focus.

This launch event is open to eligible SMEs on the Workforce for the Future programme. To be eligible for support, you must have a business presence in the West of England (Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset) and be a small or medium sized enterprise (SME). If you are eligible and new to the Workforce for the Future programme, please register your details here.

Develop your workforce in other areas through Workforce for the Future

Skills for Clean Growth is being delivered by UWE Bristol and NatWest as part of the West of England Combined Authorities Workforce for the Future programme, supporting SMEs with skills development across a range of future focused areas. Support is funded through the European Social Fund and is being delivered across a number of partners.

Find out about support available through Workforce for the Future.

Contact the team to find out more – cleangrowth@uwe.ac.uk or visit our website.

Free Digital Skills workshops for SMEs

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UWE Bristol are offering free & comprehensive Digital Marketing support for SMEs based in the West of England.  

The support is part of Workforce for the Future, a free service that will help SMEs to identify and address their skills needs, by upskilling and retraining employees, or supporting them to source and bring in new staff to drive their business forwards. 

What Support is Available? 

As part of our diverse offer, we will show you how to harness the power of digital with in-depth 1:1 support with expert advisors. We can help you with:

  • Introduction to Digital Marketing  
  • Digital Marketing Strategy Workshop   
  • Follow up & review sessions with consultants to develop your strategy  
  • SEO  
  • Social media, analytics and advertising    

Across the programme, your business and your employees will be able to access a bespoke combination of support via the below strands: 

  • Leadership & strategy 
  • People, Culture & Organisation 
  • Customer Insight & Interaction 
  • Process Operations & Data 
  • Technology & Security 

You will work with UWE Bristol to define an action plan of learning based on your specific needs. All courses are delivered as part of Workforce for the Future.  

How do I access the support?

To access the support and courses your organisation must be registered with Workforce for the Future Program.  Please contact us to register at: digitalworkforce@uwe.ac.uk  or register your interest via this form.


UWE Bristol is delivering Workforce for the Future on behalf of the West of England Combined Authority. If it is determined that your development needs do not fit with the digital enhancement opportunities available at UWE Bristol, you will be referred to the West of England Combined Authority Growth Hub, who will refer you to a more suitable partner. 

SMEs in the West of England start their net zero journey through the Skills for Clean Growth programme

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Skills for Clean Growth (SCG) is a free business support programme co-delivered by UWE Bristol and NatWest, as part of the Workforce for the Future (WftF) programme, helping to drive the West of England Combined Authority region’s ambitions for clean and inclusive growth.

The programme is supporting SMEs to manage the risks and embrace the opportunities from the transition to net zero, drawing on the expertise of UWE Bristol academics and professional services staff, industry leaders and subject matter experts.

SMEs are supported across three areas:

  1. Green Skills Needs Analysis & Action Plan – An initial diagnostic to analyse skills needed and development of an action plan to drive clean growth
  2. Training and Workshops – developing practical skills & knowledge across businesses that is directly actionable
  3. Skills Ecosystem and Network – Practical, industry targeted case studies and resources, peer learning and connections to likeminded businesses (in person and online).

Matt Hatcher, Director of Commercial Banking, West of England at NatWest, said:

“Our ambition is to play a leading role in the UK’s transition to a net zero economy. We know from our Springboard to Sustainable Recovery report that SMEs could create up to 130,000 new jobs, produce around 30,000 new businesses and result in an estimated £160 billion opportunity for the UK economy.

We want to support them on every step of the journey that takes them from awareness and understanding, to ability to act, and finally to achieving positive climate and financial impact.

This is why we are delighted to partner with UWE Bristol on their Skills for Clean Growth programmes, helping SMEs and their workforce develop the skills required to transition to net zero and embrace the opportunities arising from a greener economy.”

West of England’s Metro Mayor, Dan Norris, who is also supporting the programme, said: 

“There is a climate emergency and everyone is going to have to do their bit to help build a greener future. As we change the way we make goods and retrofit our homes we will need a newly skilled workforce. That is of course also a significant opportunity to create high skilled, well paid, green jobs. I’m pleased to be able to offer this support so workers will get the skills they need to meet the demands of a greener economy.”

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for support, applicants must have a business presence in the West of England (Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset) and be a small or medium sized enterprise (SME) with less than 250 employees.

Registrations

The SCG programme is accepting registrations from SMEs. Register today to start your clean growth journey!

Please apply via the SCG website or select Apply now where you will be asked to fill out some details about your company and the support you are looking for on a registration form.

A member of the UWE Bristol team will then be in touch with you to arrange an initial discussion around the programme and any of your needs. If you have any further queries in the meantime, please contact us via cleangrowth@uwe.ac.uk  and one of the team will get back to you.

Workforce for the Future

Funded by the European Social Fund (ESF), UWE Bristol is delivering Workforce for the Future on behalf of the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) in collaboration with other partners.

Alongside the SCG programme, SMEs can access other support from expert partners. Please visit the West of England Combined Authority Growth Hub to find out more.

Fully Funded Inclusive Clean Air Bootcamp

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Air pollution is the single biggest environmental threat to health in the UK, shortening tens of thousands of lives each year (State of the environment: health, people and the environment) putting air quality firmly on the list of environmental challenges alongside climate change, waste disposal, and flooding, which government bodies, organisations and communities are needing to address.  

This in turn is generating a demand for skilled individuals in both the public and private sector who can support air quality monitoring activity.  

This Inclusive Clean Air Bootcamp is delivered by UWE Bristol as part of the Digital Skills Investment Programme funded by West of England Combined Authority (WECA). It is free to register for individuals based in the West of England and aims to equip learners with new skills to help them secure new or better employment in environmentally focused careers supporting air quality activity. 

Who is it for?  

Our bootcamp is designed for individuals looking to develop their careers in air quality and is ideal for individuals who have a keen interest in environmental management, air pollution, public health, carbon management, or sustainability. 

Our bootcamp is also open to businesses in the WECA region to upskill their current workforce to meet their future skills needs as a fully funded programme. 

While this bootcamp is open to anyone to take part, we are especially keen to hear from applicants who fall into one of the following groups/criteria and these people will be given priority access: 

  • Women; individuals with a disability; and/or individuals from underrepresented ethnic minority group 
  • Graduates in Environment/Sustainability; Environmental/Public Health; Land Use Planners; Transport Planners; Engineers 

What will you learn? 

  • Air Quality Management and Policy;   
  • Air Quality Monitoring and Modelling;   
  • Citizen Science/Low Cost Sensors;   
  • Data Analysis and Interpretation;   
  • Public Health & Inequalities;  
  • Communicating complex science;  
  • Emerging pollutants and Low Carbon Futures.  

When does it start? 

  • This fully funded bootcamp begins on Wednesday 20th April 2022 and runs for 11 weeks 
  • Timetabled learning will be delivered on Wednesdays, 10am – 4pm in person at Frenchay Campus, Bristol  
  • An additional 4-6 hours of self-study per week will be expected. 

Individuals can apply here or if you are a business interested in upskilling a member(s) of your team please contact us, at digitalworkforce@uwe.ac.uk or phone 0117 32 82001 to discuss the bootcamp requirements further.  

More information: 

Job Preparation 

The bootcamp will finish with a 2-week ‘Employability Support Module’. You will be provided with a range of online support tools to help you secure higher-level employed roles in new or existing workplaces.  

Support includes: 

  • CV & cover letter writing 
  • Interview preparation 
  • Networking skills 
  • LinkedIn profile building   
  • Introductions to relevant employers 

Mentoring 

Throughout the bootcamps, you will be paired with an industry mentor to complement your learning and open doors to future employment opportunities. 

If you’re interested in becoming a skills bootcamp industry mentor, please register your interest here.

Contact 

If you would like to speak to a member of the team before registering your interest in the bootcamp, email digitalworkforce@uwe.ac.uk and we will be happy to help. 

Applications now open for UWE Bristol’s Green Skills programme

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Delivering opportunities for young people and increasing ethnic diversity in the flourishing green economy

Green Skills for Jobs and Entrepreneurship, a transformational ‘first of its kind’ skills programme has opened for applications.  It is offering young people aged 18 – 28 living in Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset, Bath and North East Somerset access to green jobs, training and business opportunities. The programme particularly encourages applications from Black, Asian and ethnically diverse young people.

The programme, led by UWE Bristol, in collaboration with NatWest and the Black South West Network will help the West of England region transition to a green economy, while seeking to address the underrepresentation of people from Black, Asian and ethnically diverse backgrounds in environmental careers, through an inclusive and equitable programme of training and employment opportunities. 

Launched against a backdrop of economic recovery, following the Covid pandemic, and the demand for 50,000 new jobs to be created in the region by 2030 to meet the zero carbon target, it will provide participants with fully paid training in newly emerging green skills, facilitate access to internships and support start-ups in a fast growing sector.  

Learners will receive 8 days of paid in-person training in small groups focusing on developing leadership and networking skills, whilst covering topics including the future of energy, a zero waste approach to food and carbon neutral building and retrofitting. They will then move on to either a paid local internship, or fully funded further training, or support for starting their own business.

Learners will receive tailored coaching, mentoring and careers advice throughout the programme and benefit from site visits to experience green skills in action.

Businesses in the region looking to include diverse talent and introduce key green skills into their business will be able to benefit from fully funded internship opportunities.

As a legacy, the project will launch a Green Skills and Entrepreneurship HUB providing a toolkit of skills and business support for learners, entrepreneurs, businesses and social enterprises and will including training modules and talent and employment opportunities.

Sado Jirde, Director, Black South West Network said “BSWN is delighted to be a partner in this pilot programme. The opportunities to provide targeted, sector specific skills and enterprise opportunities to Black and Minoritized communities are few and far between and this programme is an innovative and unique step forward. We are looking forward to welcoming a cohort of Black and Minoritized environmental entrepreneurs to our new Enterprise and Culture Centre at the Coach House in St Paul’s. We hope that this pilot will evolve into an ongoing, longer-term programme that will address two-fold, intersecting issues of the environmental crisis and racial injustice.”

Director of Business, Research and Innovation, Tracey John said: “Green Skills for Jobs and Entrepreneurship will provide the skills and support needed by young people who’ve missed out on so many opportunities as a result of the Covid pandemic, while opening up opportunities to communities that have previously experienced difficulty in receiving mainstream support. We’re delighted to be working with our partners at Black South West Network and NatWest to deliver such an exciting new programme helping to create inclusive regional economic growth whilst supporting the West of England’s transition to a green economy.

Matt Hatcher, Director, Commercial Banking said: “As a principal partner at COP26 and as the leading bank in the UK for business customers and one of the largest for retail customers, we understand the role the finance sector needs to play in helping companies, customers and communities achieve their net zero ambitions. Our recent Springboard to Sustainability Report has also shown the opportunities the green economy can create. SMEs could create up to 130,000 new jobs, produce around 30,000 new businesses and result in an estimated £160 billion opportunity for the UK economy. This partnership offers the chance to put our young people and communities at its heart. By working together with UWE Bristol and the Black South West Network, we can provide the skills and resources to help nurture their potential and make progress towards a more inclusive economy in the West of England.”

Young people interested in applying to the scheme should see below:

Businesses in the region can find out more at www.skillsforfutures.co.uk


About

It is managed, in the West of England, by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) on behalf of the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC).

The UK Community Renewal Fund aims to support people and communities most in need across the UK, creating opportunities to trial new approaches and innovative ideas at the local level.

WECA covers the three geographical areas of Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, and South Gloucestershire.

UWE Bristol Inspire Workshop Series – New for 2022

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UWE Bristol has developed a series of inspiring workshops for individuals, teams and organisations. Delivered through a blend of peer-to-peer learning and interactive sessions attendees will learn proactive practical skills and tools to enhance their professional and personal impact.

Each workshop is interactive and reflective, with live practice sessions to explore and apply learning within a supportive community of practice. All workshops are delivered fully online through our learning platform which puts you in contact with your tutor and fellow students and there are no formal entry requirements.

Find out more about the courses below:

UWE Bristol Inspire Workshop Series: Power of Good Meetings

Understanding the importance and power of good meetings is the same as investing in the success of any business or vocation. Whether you are hosting, chairing, facilitating or participating in meetings, there are a number of vital things to be aware of and actively support in order to ensure that the organisation, its members, beneficiaries and stakeholders benefit from the power of meetings.

In this interactive workshop, we will be exploring the common pitfalls and landmines in meetings as well as developing tools for good practice towards actual mastery. The workshop is designed for anyone who has ever sat in a meeting and who wishes to become a great host, chair, facilitator or participant.

Starting 26 January 2022

UWE Bristol Inspire Workshop Series: The Practice of Attention in a World of Distraction

This workshop is about how we attend, what we attend to, and the stories we tell about it. If you feel exhausted by the ever-increasing wealth of competing demands for your attention, you are not alone. At every turn our attention is subject to capture and most of the time, leaders and managers feel unable to freely give attention to the kinds of activities they consider most important.

The workshop is designed for leaders, managers and others wanting to explore the impact of the Attention Economy and how to address the emerging issues. Gain a set of practical tools that can be used by leaders, managers and all others involved in an organisation or context. Methodologies and content are particularly designed to make good use of a diverse group, so we welcome people in a range of different roles.

2022 dates TBC.

UWE Bristol Inspire Workshop Series: Trust and Collaboration

Now more than ever, leaders and managers are required to create, develop and support individuals and teams in a range of online environments. However, when we encounter each other in a physical environment, there are a range of nuances, sub-conscious signals and observations that help us establish trust and build collaborative relationships. The more we can be aware of what is gained and lost in the virtual environment, the better our leadership and management will be.

In this interactive workshop, we will explore how to create ways of working together in a virtual environment that develops trust and supports collaboration. We will explore the dynamics in both existing and new teams and learn how to include new members in a way that supports everyone.
Onboarding a new member of staff exclusively online is a challenge that many leaders and managers have had to face in the last year and there are many lessons learnt in the process that we will investigate and develop further together.

Starting 09 March 2022.

UWE Bristol Inspire Workshop Series: Effective Tools for Habits That Work for You

Recent events have highlighted how important effective routines and habits are in supporting us through challenging times. Adapting to working from home, social distancing, balancing work and personal commitments, career changes, getting fit, wellbeing, being resilient, and the list goes on!

This is for anyone that recognises they need to develop effective habits and practices in order to make changes in their lives, professionally and/or personally. The tools that we’ll use are not specific to an industry or management level but useful and effective for all. We bring the tools for designing habits, you will bring your goals, vision, or desired outcomes!

2022 dates TBC.

UWE Bristol Inspire Workshop Series: Planning and Delivering Virtual Events Successfully

The recent disruption that the coronavirus has caused has required organisations to quickly transition to running events of all shapes and sizes online rather than in the traditional in-person format. While there will continue to be a place for full in-person events in the future, the flexibility and reach of delivering events virtually are such that organisations will continue to harness online technology and delivery of events as part of a successful engagement strategy.

Designed to stimulate, inspire, and engage, this two-day interactive workshop will provide an opportunity for you to not only learn the fundamentals of designing and running a virtual event but also how to ensure success and the creation of a lasting legacy. The workshop is designed for individuals and SMEs who are currently running or looking to run, events in a virtual or hybrid format.

2022 dates TBC.


Click here for more information about all of UWE Bristol’s Professional Development Courses.  

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