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Opening Doors to Business

Universities: Opening Doors to Business Did you know that by working with universities your organisation could gain access to a wide range of opportunities and resources? Including: l Funding l Industry projects l Graduate & student placements l Knowledge and expertise l Research & Innovation l Training & Development l Consultancy l Access to state of the art equipment & technology l Facilities & Venues And much more... This booklet comprises of a number of projects and initiatives available to businesses, giving a brief introduction to some of the types of support and opportunities available. This list is not exhaustive and new projects and initiatives are continually being developed throughout the universities on an on-going basis. The Dragon Innovation Partnership (DIP) was established in 2008 as a collaboration between the former Swansea Metropolitan University, Swansea University and University of Wales Trinity Saint David, the Partnership aimed to assist businesses and organisations in reaching the relevant expertise and resources from the universities and help in facilitating the development. The strength of the Partnership lies in the diversity of expertise and resources across the universities in South West Wales, as well as the synergy of knowledge they share. For more information on The Dragon Innovation Partnership or for more information on any of the projects, initiatives or opportunities available through working with the universities please contacts one of the Business Development Officers:

University of Wales Trinity Saint David l Lisa Lucas Business Development Officer +44 (0)1792 481163 +44 (0)1792 481199

Swansea University l Dave Guite / Cal Heath / Tony Burnett Business Development Officers researchandinnovation@ +44 (0)1792 606060

Access to Masters (ATM) The project enables businesses and predominantly SMEs to access Masters level students to assist in research and development, by linking taught Masters Projects with needs of businesses. Participating companies could benefit from; access to fully funded highly skilled postgraduates; an opportunity to increase business focused research, develop research capacity and market exposure and establish on-going links with the University. “The Access to Masters Scheme has been nvaluable to our business, it allowed us to understand and connect new products to new markets; opening up a new avenue of growth� Mr Ian Mortimer, General Manager, Eclipse Medical Innovations Contact details: Beverley Guess 01792 513460 Nicola Powell 01792 481163

Advanced Communication Technologies (ACT) The ACT project helps businesses in Ireland and Wales to better understand the opportunities that social media, the internet and other modern communication technologies offer. ACT offers a range of fully funded workshops (such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest etc.) and a 1-to-1 targeted support programme to help businesses with individual challenges (such as bespoke social media strategies, website improvements, etc). These fully funded workshops and 1-to-1 sessions are only available to businesses in the Welsh regions of Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire and the Irish counties of South Tipperary, Kilkenny, Carlow, Wexford and Waterford. The ACT project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Ireland Wales Programme (INTERREG 4A). For information about the ACT project, including news about our latest workshops and 1-to-1 support opportunities please visit our website.

Contact details: Chris Holtom, ACT Wales Project Manager 01792 481 241

Architectural Glass Centre (AGC) The Architectural Glass Centre (AGC) is the commercial arm of the Welsh School of Architectural Glass at University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Swansea. The Centre offers a comprehensive range of services covering most aspects of commissioning, manufacturing and installing decorative glassworks. The AGC may act as commissioning agent, project manager, consultant or undertake research and development for architectural glass projects. Additionally the AGC organises workshops, master-classes and events to assist in the training of practicing glass artists.

Contact details: Alun Adams 01792 481199

ASTUTE Advanced Sustainable Manufacturing Technologies (ASTUTE) aims to enable the manufacturing industry in West Wales and the Valleys to grow by adopting more advanced technologies, and at the same time improve its sustainability by reducing its environmental impact. This will be achieved by a Partnership of Universities throughout Wales that will harness the engineering, science and business expertise within them to improve the economic prosperity of the region. The ASTUTE team can assist companies throughout the different stages of the manufacturing process with business advice and assistance or applied industrial research in:

technology manufacturing companies to create sustainable, higher value goods and services and bring them to a global market. Since the start of the project in May 2010, ASTUTE has already worked successfully with a number of Welsh companies in different sectors. “The collaboration between Calon and ASTUTE resulted in a significant reduction in the time taken to evaluate potential designs. This accelerated evaluation cycle will help to place Calon’s technology, specifically in terms of blood handling, amongst the current market leaders.” Dr Andy Hilton from Calon Cardio

l Design and Innovation l Modelling Analysis and Simulation l Materials (Metals, Ceramics, Polymers, Bio-materials, Composites, Coatings) l Manufacturing Route l Lifecycle Analysis l Market Deployment ASTUTE has been part-funded by the EU’s Convergence European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government. The £27million project targets the aerospace and automotive sectors, as well as other high

Contact details: 01792 513711

BEACON: Bio Refinery Centre of Excellence BEACON will build on research already underway at Aberystwyth University’s Institute of Biological Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) to produce fuels from energy crops such as high-sugar grasses like rye. It will also enable Swansea University to focus on developing their prior expertise in using bacteria and fungi to digest, or ferment, plant matter within the bio-refining process.

l Promote science excellence from Wales BEACON is led by Aberystwyth University in collaboration with partners at Bangor and Swansea Universities. It is backed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government.

Bangor University will build on work to develop new materials from plants which can be used to develop innovative products, having recently discovered that compounds found in some local plants can be used to control problems like potato blight. We are seeking to: l Establish links between the business community and academia within Wales l Develop new products and processes that will support economic growth l Create highly skilled jobs in the area of green biotech l Support inward investment

Contact details: Professor Diane Kelly

Centre for NanoHealth (CNH) Established in 2009, the Centre for NanoHealth combines nanotechnology with medical science to provide opportunities to develop innovative solutions to the world’s challenge of detecting the onset of diseases at the earliest stage. Novel devices, processes and sensors can be designed, manufactured, functionalised, tested and evaluated for point of care, near–patient and in vivo applications.

modelling, regenerative medicine, tissue engineering and nano(geno)toxicology.

l Characterisation with equipment capable of electrical, physical & chemical analysis. l Micro-Nano fabrication- from sensors and devices, microfluidics & MEMS to printing & coatings.

The centre is committed to supporting SMEs to multinationals through access to expertise, state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. Companies receive a tailored service to meet their business needs from proof of concept, research & development, prototyping right through to scale up activities.


The centre offers a fully integrated nanotechnology and biomedical Research & Development environment with expertise in:-

Collaborating with CNH has provided excellent results and we expect to complete the laboratory tests of the drug loading process by the end of the project.


Biology and advanced cell imaging – The centre includes a category 2 biomedical suite of laboratories offering cell and molecular biology capabilities, including confocal microscopy, and high-throughput/high-content analytical systems (Amnis Imagestream & GE In Cell), microbiology, informatics &

Incorporated is a fully equipped nano-fabrication and characterisation class 1000/100 cleanroom for silicon and non-silicon based developments, a class 1000 bioclean room for tissue engineering and device functionalization, NMR, rheology and biomolecule printing.

Alan Marsh of P& S Nano

Contact details: Emma Dunbar, Commercial Manager 01792 606471

Cerebra Innovation Centre Cerebra Innovation Centre (CIC) is a bespoke product design service offered by national charity Cerebra to its members. Many of the products designed serve as daily living aids. CIC has made a tremendous difference to the lives of many children with neurological conditions across the UK. The unique strategic vision for CIC means that they are able to respond to individual requests for help and can make small numbers of bespoke products that focus heavily on individual requirements, aesthetic attributes and inclusion into society. Some of the products in the portfolio have been commercialised in partnership with third party manufacturers under licensing agreements and many more are planned.

Contact details: Dr Ross Head, Product Design Manager 01792 483688

CIRIC The Creative Industries Research and Innovation Centre (CIRIC) is a hub for research, learning and IP development. Over the last eight years CIRIC has worked with over 500 businesses, successfully securing investment and creating jobs in Wales.

CIRIC has been successful in leading and managing a series of European funded projects and over the last eight years, has supported R&D and knowledge transfer activities, delivering innovative creative industry initiatives.


CIRIC staff believe that the development of innovative ideas is a fundamental ingredient for a business to succeed. Through our work, we have researched, advised and supported idea development; from bespoke prop modelling to cross-platform pitches and we’ve attended events such as MIPCOM, Power to the Pixel, Kidscreen, Cannes Film Festival, and Berlinale. At CIRIC our experienced team of professional staff and academic colleagues provide in-depth knowledge and support to a wide range of businesses. Utilising our extensive technology we are able to support the creation of innovative ideas whether in the form of super HD production facilities for the creation of media proposals, or laser cutting and 3D Printing facilities for prototyping 3D models. Through our workshops, seminars and conferences industry experts and academics are able to transfer and exchange industry knowledge with businesses.

Contact details: James Moxey +44 (0) 1792 481 253

Creative Bubble University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Swansea is making use of a city-centre commercial unit to create economic and social impacts for the city, through the arts, in an innovative new project with Swansea BID (Business Improvement District) called: ‘Creative Bubble’. Creative Bubble is based in a disused commercial unit on Craddock Street. It provides an area where students can develop and plan creative ideas that use the city centre as a canvas for both creative practice and entrepreneurial and business developments. Students from different disciplines are collaborating to produce new and distinctive work that engages with the communities and businesses in Swansea. The project highlights the University’s aim of supporting cooperation between companies and institutions to develop initiatives designed to benefit economic and social development with the region.

“I am delighted that we have got this idea of the ground and operational. Not only does it benefit the students in their studies and employability in the future but also helps recruit more people into the city centre, plus adding to the atmosphere. Our Commercial Business Group secured an empty property where the students can base themselves for lectures and then go into the city centre to perform these events. It’s certainly something different, adding to dynamic of the city centre.” Russell Greenslade, Chief Executive of Swansea Bid

Contact details: Lucy Beddall Creative Bubble Project Manager 07717 281 925

Cutting & Fabrication Centre The Knowledge Transfer Centre in Cutting and Fabrication Technology of composite materials and Non-destructive testing (NDT) is part of the knowledge transfer activities at University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Swansea. With facilities to manufacture components in both traditional materials (metals / plastics) and composite materials, linked with the university’s facilities in NDT, this new development provides a powerful resource for the manufacturing industry. The centre has particular experience and expertise in near to market product engineering and testing, with a track record of research that has direct economic benefit to Welsh industry. Specific activities include: l Composite prototype manufacture. l Comprehensive destructive and non- destructive testing and analysis facilities. l Advice and guidance on manufacture and testing of composite components. l Feasibility studies for testing strategies

Contact details: Richard Thomas 01792 481168

eHealth Industries Innovation Centre (ehi2) ehi2 works with companies in creating new, innovative ehealth products and services with global market potential, working closely with the NHS and other health systems to identify needs for new products and services. It helps businesses to test, adapt, improve and evaluate products and services in a safe and reliable environment to maximise their competitive advantage; advise and assist companies and where needed, facilitate access to clinicians, academics, NHS, and national NHS IT and ICT programmes. The centre is home to the Welsh Node of the National Virtual Incubator (NVI) with provides excellent networking opportunities through its programme of free hybrid events and mentor sessions.

“ehi2 represents a unique, sustainable and commercially valuable asset to the Welsh economy. We can help companies create the evidence they need to prove their products are clinically and cost effective, and verify that their products or services can work alongside others in complex healthcare environments. E-Health is a multi-billion pound, high growth, high technology global market, with massive opportunities for companies that have well designed, tested and evaluated products and services�. David Ford, Director ehi2, College of Medicine, Swansea University.

Contact details: 01792 295627

Elevate Accredited courses designed to develop the high-level skills needed to maximise performance and potential. We work with you to identify specific skill gaps and the right courses for you - building a solution that responds to your needs whether you are an organisation working to up-skill your employees, or an individual wanting to further your professional development.

“I really enjoyed the marketing course held at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. I’m already working on improving our marketing efforts with improved questionnaires, direct mail and introducing on-line sales” Dawn Crisp, National Botanic Gardens of Wales

Modules include: l Developing leadership skills l Managing teams l Mindfulness in the workplace l Introduction to Marketing l Workplace coaching and Mentoring The Elevate CYMRU project is part of the Work Based Learning programme, funded by the European Social Fund, through the Welsh Government. Contact details: Dave Randell, Project Officer 01267 676896

GO Wales Graduate Opportunities (GO) Wales offer a variety of services to help recruit and retain graduate staff. You could benefit from offering work experience to a student or graduate, take advantage of the financial support for recruiting a graduate through a work placement or advertise a vacancy free of charge. GO Wales also offer SMEs in Wales a Graduate Training & Development Fund to help with the cost of training graduates. Thousands of businesses in Wales have already benefited from the GO Wales programme Melin Consultants, based in Llanelli had been trying to recruit three specialised positions for months, but had great difficulty in doing so. Using the Dragon Innovation Partnership and their sound knowledge of University based expertise; they were introduced to GO Wales. As a result Melin Consultants were able to recruit three Carmarthenshire Graduates into full time employment

Contact details: Swansea 01792 481109 Carmarthen 01267 676830

Institute of Life Science The Institute of Life Science (ILS) is Wales’ premier purpose-built medical research and business incubation facility. It is a partnership between Swansea University, Welsh Government, the NHS, and other business partners. The vision for the ILS is to advance medical science through multi- and interdisciplinary research and innovation for the benefit of human health, and to link those benefits to the economy by encouraging interaction with other organisations in a spirit of Open Innovation. The first phase of the ILS vision delivered a state-of-the-art building housing over 200 professional specialists in medical research, working across four floors of wet laboratories and floor for business incubation and devices laboratories to facilitate technology transfer. It also brought a High Performance Computing infrastructure through an effective collaboration with computer giant, IBM. The second phase of the vision boasts a further 6000 square metres of facilities to build capacity, expertise and infrastructure for the benefit of the health and wealth of the nation. ILS Phase Two houses a range of fully operational business incubation units, a Clinical Research Facility incorporating jointly-located clinical trials and imaging suites

working in close collaboration with the NHS and Siemens; NHS Informatics Research Laboratories; The Farr Institute - CIPHER; High Performance Computing (HPC) in collaboration with IBM and Fujitsu; and the Centre for NanoHealth, an open access R&D facility dedicated to the advancement of health care through the application of nanotechnology. Current developments include the Data Science building, scheduled to open in Summer 2015, which will create a world-class centre in administrative data and ehealth research, innovation, training and development through our existing powerful, robust, state of the art data linkage and data access facilities. This development is made possible by funding from the Medical Research Council (MRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Welsh Government. The ILS is partly funded through the European Union Convergence Funding Programme and has a special interest in assisting Welsh SMEs.

Contact details: 01792 513718

Institute for Sustainable Design (ISD) The Institute for Sustainable Design (ISD) is a pan Wales initiative aimed at building design and innovation capacity in the private sector. Through a combination of workshops, seminars and one-to-one business mentoring sessions, our business, design and technical advisors can give you the capacity, confidence and industry connections to innovate in-house and drive your business to a profitable future. Qualifying businesses and individuals can take advantage of any or all of our offerings, including... l l l l

Advanced CAD Design advice and assistance Collaborative R&D Product and engineering design advice

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“Working with ISD has really facilitated some of our projects. It helps to have a multi skilled team who we can bounce ideas off. They have also been really helpful in making links with their contacts and given advice on rapid prototypes which sped up completion of projects.” Dr Ross Head, Design Manager, Cerebra Innovation Centre (CIC) “ISD provided us with assistance with the digital tools we needed to show our products in situ before going to manufacture. This helped us to gain credibility with our clients without wasting precious resources and money. ISD are always eager to help out and are very approachable. This is a great attribute to have in industry.” Tony Phipps, MD, Solray Ltd

3D printing 3D scanning CNC Machining Abrasive Water jet cutting Contact details: Nadine Davies 01792 481 194

LEAD LEAD wales is a highly successful leadership development programme specifically designed for owner-managers of small and medium sized businesses and social enterprises located within the Wales Convergence Regions. Delegates are matched with their own Business Coach, attend Action Learning Sets and Master class Workshops. The programme is practical, providing the opportunity to work on the business rather than in the business.

“Openly discussing business challenges with other like-minded professionals is an immensely rewarding and reflective experience. LEAD has provided me with the confidence to expand and look at new opportunities for business growth.� Wayne Reynolds BSc (Hons) MSc MA MRTPI, Director, Atriarc Planning

The 10 month programme is fully funded by European Social Funds and Welsh Government and delivered by Swansea University. The programme has a proven track record of delivering improved business performance for past delegates.

Contact details: 01792 606738

Materials Advanced Characterisation Centre The Materials Advanced Characterisation Centre (MACH1) offers a wide range of material and measurement capabilities to deliver multisample, high-throughput testing of advanced materials to industry. The MACH1 centre has been established to support companies by providing the capabilities to apply such techniques to metallurgical samples, including novel alloys, providing a complete set of properties for a given material. High-throughput techniques are being increasingly used to accelerate the analysis and characterisation of specimens, most notably in the pharmaceutical industry.

“The establishing of MACH1 project is great news for companies like ours as it has the potential to significantly speed up the development of new alloys. The facilities available will provide invaluable data that can help direct our strategies for future products�. Brian Edy, Technical Development Manager - Tata Strip Products

As materials are ubiquitous and intimately related to manufacturing processes, the development and selection of advanced materials for engineered applications will increase the competiveness of suppliers in the automotive, aerospace and opto-electronics sectors.

Contact details: Dr David Bould, Project Manager 01792 606872

Moving Images Wales 2 (MIW2) Moving Images Wales 2 (MIW2) has the environment, staff and equipment that support research and development partnerships for the creation of intellectual property for Welsh media companies (TV, film and new media) that are located in the Welsh Convergence area.

MIW2 has a range of production and post-production resources that can only be used by media companies for research and IP development purposes. These include a RED One camera and Avid and Final Cut edit suites.

It responds to the changing media landscape, working in TV, film, digital, and cross-platform. Targeting the Welsh, British, European and International market, it responds to the changing media landscape by using new technology to improve audience usage and experience. MIW2 can assist in media proposal development and in R&D activities, such as the creation of Pilots/Tasters (for a future television, feature film, internet concept, cross-platform content, etc). In addition, MIW2 can help forge new R&D networks and advise media companies on a range of activities and processes, such as new digital technologies, the cross-media exploitation of projects and on emerging business models that can target new revenue streams.

Contact details: Nerys Evans, Project Manager 01792 483251

Safe Workforce: Sustainable Workplace The Safe Workforce: Sustainable Workplace (SWSW) project helps businesses to improve their health & safety and environmental performance by developing the skills of their managers and staff. There are a range of short courses, each comprising two half-day classroom sessions and an assignment based on the participant’s workplace. The courses have been developed in response to feedback from companies about the current issues they face, including process safety, waste minimisation, workplace stress, and leading in safety. Those completing the course will be ready to implement change in the company’s policies and practices, reducing risks and costs and improving engagement.

Contact details: Martin Locock, Senior Project Officer 01267 676814

Software Alliance Wales (SAW) The project has been designed to help Welsh businesses maximise their potential for exploiting Information Communication Technologies (ICT) and to provide specific support to the software development sector to address skills, competitiveness and key business challenges. Its portfolio of services is designed to increase knowledge and skills through Continuous Professional Development (CPD), IT Company Accreditation (CompTIA), Student Development Projects and ICT workshops for SME business leaders. Software Alliance Wales is a £13.4 million initiative funded by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government. The project, led by Swansea University, is a collaboration between Aberystwyth University, Bangor University, University of South Wales and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Services are primarily focused on meeting the business needs of individuals who live or work within Wales’ convergence area. Contact details: 01792 295881

Skills for Industry Is your business located in South West Wales? Are you interested in developing your skills and/or those of your staff? If so, you could benefit from the EU funded Skills for Industry Project. The project aims to upskill the workforce of South West Wales by providing training to the employees of the region. The project will work closely with employers to identify skills needs and develop training programmes that are responsive and flexible. Skills for Industry is delivered by the five further education colleges in South West Wales and aims to improve how the sector work with employers in meeting employers training requirements.

Contact details: 01554 748601

Strategic Insight Programme (SIP) Do you want to develop a strategic relationship with the university? Would you like to be funded up to ÂŁ2500 to spend quality time with a HEI developing ideas for future collaborations? Then the Strategic Insight Programme (SIP) is right for you! SIP builds capacity for Welsh Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to establish strategic links with external organisations, demonstrating the benefits of partnerships with HEIs. The programme facilitates this by providing seed funding for short-term placements aimed at developing new cross-sector relationships, encouraging development of strategically beneficial collaborative projects in a supportive environment. The Strategic Insight Programme is a collaborative, pan-Wales programme, funded by HEFCW, encouraging innovation and facilitating interaction between university staff and public, private and voluntary sector organisations. Contact details: Amanda Hughes / Chris Talbot 01792 481199 / 01792 606060

Swansea Nano Swansea Nano is an open access facility dedicated to providing solutions to industrial problems. Our expert team can offer advice, technology feasibility reviews and technology demonstrations to industry on a no cost basis. The centre has access to over £10m of equipment. To find out how these facilities can help your company visit us at Swansea University – or for a no obligation consultation on your industrial problems, contact Swansea Nano today. Facilities & Expertise Swansea Nano Knowledge Transfer Centre provides fast turnaround R&D support and open access to state of the art facilities to industry. Including the following: l Materials Analysis l Photonics l Photovoltaics l Test & Measurement l Semiconductors l Fabrication & MEMS l Sensors l Lighting l Surface Characterisation & Imaging

Contact details: Dr. Owen J Guy 01792 513181

Technocamps Technocamps is a project led by Swansea University in partnership with the Universities of Bangor, Aberystwyth and Glamorgan that provides daily and weekly sessions to young people aged 11-19 on a range of exciting computing-based topics such as programming, robotics, cryptography, animation and much more.

in STEM and are able to spare an hour of your time, then we want to hear from you. It will give you an opportunity to raise your business profile with young people across Wales who could potentially end up as future employees.

The project delivers a series of outreach programmes to schools, colleges and other educational providers, inspiring young people to consider the computing-based topics underpinning the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Technocamps has the long term goal of encouraging them to pursue careers in an area that will drive economic growth in Wales. Backed by the European Social Fund through Welsh Government, How can you help? Technocamps is looking for inspirational role models in industry who want to help raise the profile of what exciting career choices there are on offer for young people in Wales. If you are a web developer, a master of programming, a scientist or an engineer, or simply work in an exciting role that you think would inspire young people to follow a career

Contact details: 01792 606890

Textiles Technologies Project -2 This project will enable businesses to access the key industry emerging technologies housed within the centre in the Jobswell Campus at Coleg Sir Gar, Carmarthen. The project will be of interest to any business wishing to work on Research and Development, new product development, knowledge transfer, and collaborative projects within the Apparel, Fashion and textiles sector. The main emphasis for this project is the procurement and installation of a jacquard sample loom which will be used to assist companies in the development of woven fabrics in both traditional and technical textile applications. This is an A4B funded project

l Printed, knitted and woven textile design-CAD development l Development of woven Jacquard fabrics- jacquard loom l Gerber Technology for pattern digitising, manipulation, grading and marker making l Virtual sampling-CAD printed and woven designs l Scotweave CAD design development l Product development and prototyping l Research and testing of fabrics for potential laser or ultrasonic joining l Laser cutting, laser etching, and hydro cutting l Digital fabric printing

Contact details: Suzi Park 01554748309

TILT Training in Languages & Translation (TILT) offers fully funded training to any private business in the convergence area of West Wales and the Valleys. Courses are tailored and flexible and can be delivered either in the workplace or the project will fund finding a suitable local venue. The courses are 20 hours long and can be provided at beginners, intermediate and advance level in Welsh, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Mandarin Chinese. An EU funded project based at Swansea University aiming to make Welsh businesses better able to complete in the global market and get the best out of opportunities in Europe and beyond.

Contact details: Nick Couling, Project Officer 01792 606398 / 07776408043

Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating In addition to extensive facilities for commercial & packaging printing WCPC has created a Knowledge Transfer for Functional Materials. With open access facilities supporting the use of printing as a major disruptive technology for efficient, environmentally friendly advanced manufacturing for applications as diverse as automotive, garments, packaging and point of care medical diagnostics. This allows the opportunity for conventional print facilities to move in to new market sectors. Current work on printed electronics and biosensors offers exciting and interesting opportunities for both industry and graduates. This compliments the existing support that the WCPC already offers to companies on areas such as quality and productivity improvements, process mapping and solutions to specific problems.

Contact details: Glyn Davies 01792 295091

Wales Institute for Work-Based Learning Wales Institute for Work-Based Learning (WIWBL) work with an array of organisations and individuals to support higher level learning in the workplace, including the public sector, private sector, third sector and individual learners (in paid or voluntary employment).

l Offer fully funding modules l Offer a consultancy service l Offer specific short courses

Through a tried and tested process of analysis, development, delivery, assessment and evaluation we can provide a programme tailor-made to meet your needs. Through this process we can: l Accredit your existing in-house staff development l Design and deliver tailor-made programmes for you l Offer flexible, blended and demand-led learning l Accredit prior experiential and certified learning (APEL) l Deliver and access bilingually (Welsh)

Contact details: Dr Liz Wilson 01267 676882

Work Based Learning in Engineering What do we offer? l Learning modules designed around the employers’ needs l Flexible, bite size learning at CQFW level 4 to 7 l 10 to 20 credits per module l Taught (3 days over 3 weeks) or on-line options, plus work based assignments l Opportunities for those in employment to gain higher level skills and key competences l Vocational education, attractive to those in employment l Providing training across engineering disciplines, which is user– friendly, accessible, engaging and enjoyable for students l An innovative way of providing high quality University level learning in the workplace l Applying academic concepts and theories to projects within the working environment

l Providing technical knowledge and understanding, with benefits to both employee and employer l WBL offers opportunities for Up-Skilling, Initial & Continuing Professional Development l Accredited qualifications - credits gained can be used towards Professional Chartered Registration & Post Graduate Qualifications l Allows employees to fit their study around their working requirements l Increasing employee effectiveness l Helping businesses remain competitive This programme is funded by the EU’s convergence European Social Fund, through Welsh Government.

Contact details: Stella Ryde 01792 602625

The Partnership also work with The Open University… The Open University - Delivering Organisational Impact in South West Wales The Open University’s (OU) unique learning method is based on over 40 years of research insight into how adults learn and apply knowledge in the workplace. Our accredited, scalable solution works whether you want to develop the skills of a single employee or 10,000 across multiple sites worldwide. Our highly rated learning experience ensures new knowledge is embedded into everyday practice from day one, helping to deliver improvements in organisational performance. Why choose us as your learning provider? Unrivalled expertise in distance learning – we design, create and deliver learning specifically for the needs of adults studying in a work placement or around work commitments. This is why our study is so highly rated – and why we have been ranked as one of the top five universities since 2005.* Scalable solution – as the UK’s largest university, we can deliver locally, nationally and internationally, however many employees you have. We deliver learning to over 240,000

students every year and can work with you to provide a consistent learning experience across multiple sites.

and management capability at all levels.

Organisational impact – our development provides an immediate return on your investment because staff can put into practice what they’ve learnt from day one. We’ve designed our learning to achieve sustainable change and to be embedded into everyday practice. Not only that, but our flexible study method minimises disruption to working hours and fits around work priorities.

We have worked with over 30,000 organisations from SMEs, public sector organisations through to large corporates.

What solutions do we offer?

Who do we work with?

Some of Britain’s most well-known employers have chosen the OU as their learning provider such as the NHS, 200 local authorities, Rolls-Royce, BT, First Group plc, John Lewis Partnership, Lloyds TSB and 80% of FTSE 100 companies sponsor their staff on OU courses.

Early career development – the OU offers a flexible model for growing your own graduates during employment. We also work with you to solve any immediate skill gaps and develop your talent pipeline. Talent management – invest in the people you already know and develop the specific skills your organisation needs. We work with you to provide an accredited solution for your high performers to help you develop and retain the right talent. Executive education – our triple accredited Business School is in the top 1% worldwide. We provide solutions that help build leadership

Contact details: Kevin Pascoe, Employer Engagement Manager 02920471019

Universities Opening Doors to Business  

Dragon Innovation Partnership

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Dragon Innovation Partnership