New Partnership for Professional Development

Date: 24/01/2019
Author: in > Professional Development
Company: in > Professional Development

In 2018, leading professional development experts, in > Professional Development, teamed up with the University of Chester. Using the ‘Work Based and Integrative Studies’ framework (WBIS) to accredit executive education in a way that leads to higher education postgraduate qualifications. As a result of this partnership in > Professional Development benefit from funding, which they put towards their course offerings.

Chief Executive Officer, Marc Davis, said “This is an exciting time for the training and professional development sector, and we wanted to create something new that would have a lasting impact and legacy. We also felt that our new vehicle could also support our ambitions to give something back to the charitable sector, and this is written into the Mission of our company. “I’ve known about the Centre for Work Related Studies at Chester and the WBIS framework for some time and have always been impressed by it. It has a strong reputation in the sector. When we created this new company, Chester seemed the obvious university partners to work with and so we entered discussions about what we could create together. As a result of this partnership, we have developed multiple WBIS approved Postgraduate courses, accredited in Business Administration.

Alongside this University partnership, in > Professional Development are backed by leading sector experts. Our Advisory Board is chaired by Peter Tavernor (former Principal of Manchester College) and includes Geoff Thompson MBE (Executive Chair of Youth Charter and Chair of the Board of Governors at the University of East London), and leading figures from top legal services firm Gunnercooke. In addition to this we have also worked closely with Dr David Perrin, Denise Meakin, Professor Ruth Ashford and Professor Clare Schofield in the Faculty of Business and Management at The University of Wolverhampton.

Dr David Perrin, Director of CWRS, said: “It is a testament to the work the University has done over a number of years in the field of work based learning and professional development that in > PD chose Chester as its University partners. We can see significant markets for ‘mini-MBA’ type products that can be accredited and assessed using WBIS. We hope over time to also work with in > PD in other areas of activity too, as it has an impressive track record of designing and running high-level conferences and in creating a range of popular short courses for professional practitioners.”

The Mini MBA and Director Development programmes can both be accredited with a PG Cert from the University of Chester.

For more information email info@inpd.co.uk or call Stuart Thompson on 0161 509 2999.