Top Award for BCU project tackling business skills gaps

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Birmingham City University, Aston University and Newman University have been awarded the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) Building Effective Partnerships Award 2020 for the collaborative Higher Level Skills Match (HLSM) project.

The success was announced at the AGCAS Awards for Excellence showcase webinar on 14 July.

The AGCAS Awards for Excellence encourage, reward and share good practice among Higher Education (HE) careers and employability practitioners and their partner organisations by promoting quality, innovative and collaborative projects and high professional standards across the full range of HE careers and employability work.

HLSM is a collaborative project positioning BCU, Aston University and Newman University in partnership with local authorities in Cannock Chase, Lichfield, Tamworth, and North Worcestershire.

Part funded by the European Social Fund, HLSM tackles the gap between the future skills required by businesses, and the skills currently held by the workforce.

HLSM targets skills challenges impacting local economic growth within Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership’s priority growth sectors. The project has worked with 329 businesses and completed 189 skills projects while engaging over 1,200 students and graduates on initiatives including paid jobs, work experience and mentoring.

Interested in finding out more about BCU’s business skills development, talent-matching support and collaboration opportunities? Visit our BCU Advantage website or contact us.

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