A three-year agreement between the University of Leicester Management Centre and the Department of Work and Pensions enabling Department managers to study for a Leicester MBA has been so successful that it is being extended for a further two years.
One hundred and sixty staff from the Department are currently taking the MBA by distance learning. With the reorganisation of Government Departments, staff from the Benefits Agency and the Employment Services have come under the umbrella of the Department of Work and Pensions and are able to take the Leicester MBA for the first time under the joint scheme.
Sue Harper, Corporate Education Adviser at the Department said: "Basically, what we want to do is to equip our managers for the future. We are using the Leicester MBA as a management development tool, having extended it to our junior managers to give the Department an even broader vision of the benefits of a skilled workforce. Staff able to take the MBA course are very enthusiastic about it and interest is really high.
"The aims of the scheme, of which the MBA forms part, are to increase the confidence of our managers and make them feel more valued by the Department. We fully fund all the costs, which is a generous arrangement and something not all departments offer.
"We intend to make use of our graduates within the Department in a very tangible way. We are looking for ways to recognise and reward them. We hope that by offering them this opportunity we will, for instance, reduce the cost of external consultants by using our own workforce."
Patricia Greatorex, Course Director of the Leicester Management Centre, said: “For almost 30 years the University of Leicester has had a strong teaching and research interest in the UK public sector and has made a major contribution to the debates which have shaped the agenda for public sector reforms. The Management Centre has contributed to this tradition through the development of public sector managers by exposing them to the latest relevant management thought.”
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