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The University of Derby has clinched a£60,000 contract to deliver management training to the local authority secto...
The University of Derby has clinched a£60,000 contract to deliver management training to the local authority sector.

The University's Faculty of Business, Computing and Law has secured the two-year contract to train up to 100 staff at East Staffordshire BC.

Frontline, middle and senior managers will benefit from the accredited courses which will focus on subjects including Leadership and Management Development, Customer Relationships, Partnerships and Project Management.

Successful staff could then look at furthering their professional development by embarking on MBAs at the University.

The Faculty's Business Partnership Manager Kevin Keigher said: 'This is fantastic news indeed as we are building our reputation as being a leading training provider to the public sector in the region.

'Using our experience, listening to clients' needs, delivering real benefits to organisations and individuals, and building up confidence and trust with our local partners is key to creating long-term relationships.

'Universities are not just about teaching students in the classroom and research. There is a lifelong learning mission in the modern age and we encourage businesses and organisations to see what we can offer them.

'Increasingly, local authorities are looking at ways of continuing to enhance and improve their services and staff development plays a crucial role in helping them to deliver this.

'We will look at the organisational performance and look to add value for the local authority through our programmes.'

The contract will see East Staffordshire BC staff become involved in away days at the University, personal development planning, interactive workshops, as well as projects to bring 'real benefits' back into the workplace.

Workshops run by the University will include approaches such as learning sets, guest speakers and drama and problem solving sessions to encourage innovation, teamwork and enterprise development.

An East Staffordshire BC spokesman said: 'The introduction of a Leadership and Management Development Programme will add some real benefits to the Council.

'It will help with the roll out of our Leadership and Management Competency Framework as well as encourage employees to look at new ways of working.

'The programme has been designed to consider real work issues, by building in project work and assignments. It will also provide our employees with a formal qualification if they wish to gain one.'

For more information about how the Faculty of Business, Computing and Law can deliver your training needs telephone Kevin Keigher on 01332 591691 or email

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