October 2018

UCB signs major apprenticeship deal with housing association to help develop future leaders

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UCB has signed a major deal with Midland Heart, one of the region’s leading housing associations, which will see them enrol future leaders and managers onto apprenticeships.

It is the second year that the two organisations have worked together and talks are ongoing about developing a long-term strategic contract with numbers increasing year on year.

Dilshad Sheikh, Dean of UCB’s Business School, said: “I am absolutely thrilled that we have signed a second contract with Midland Heart. It is an organisation that we have been working with for the past 12 months and it is an absolute privilege to be working with them again.

“I am delighted that we are able to contribute to the development of their future leaders and managers and I look forward to cementing our partnership even further.”

A team leader is a first line management role with operational responsibilities, providing direction, instructions and guidance to ensure the achievement of goals. Topics include leading and managing people, building relationships, project management and finance.

Baljinder Kang, Midland Heart’s Executive Director of HR and Learning, said: “For us it is about growing our own talent strategy so we are absolutely committed to making sure we invest in the next cohort of future managers and leaders.

“This is the second year of the programme and what we are hoping to do is grow our own future managers and leaders. Out of last year’s cohort of 18 we have had six secure their first managerial or leadership role already, which is a great achievement.

 “We have 26 on the programme this year and there has been a lot of interest in places. We’re really excited about our partnership with UCB because it’s helping us develop the future of Midland Heart.” 

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