Staffordshire University is fast proving itself "irresistible to employers" after its partnership working with the county’s police force was recognised at the National Training Awards.
The force leadership development programme, which is designed and delivered by Staffordshire University’s Centre for Professional Management, scooped top accolade at the prestigious ceremony in the Partnership and Collaboration category.
"This is our second Regional NTA award and our first national UK finalist nomination and we are very excited. We have worked with Staffordshire police for many years and their portfolio of awards has grown significantly," said Lynne Walley, Head of Centre for Professional Management.
"This recognition demonstrates the wonderful working partnership we have with Staffordshire police and the time and dedication put in by University staff."
Staffordshire University already has a strong track record working with a diverse range of employers which includes the RAF, the NHS, Britvic and Alton Towers.
Diane Anslow, Staffordshire Police Leadership Development Manager, added: "The courses have also helped the force make significant savings. Participants undertake work-based business improvement projects to ensure the organisation receives tangible benefits from the programme."
Successful projects have included raising £54,000 to provide additional policing for the University Hospital of North Staffordshire complex. Another focused on mobile phone forensics, which has predicted savings of £119,000 over five years.
Over the last six years 630 employees have taken part in the programme, which includes courses ranging from one-day professional development events through to the master class series for senior managers.
Simon Bartley, UK Skills Chief Executive, said: "The winners demonstrate that training is an investment not a cost and it can transform companies, careers and communities. I congratulate them all on what they have achieved."
The National Training Award finals are set to take place on December 11.
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