You can access a variety of training solutions, delivered in a range of formats including:
- At a local higher education provider’s venue or campus
- Within your business
- A mixture of the above
Training solutions can be accessed individually, by groups of peers from one employer, or as a community of learners from different employers.
Short courses provide a bite-sized training solution. This may be a standalone course, part of a series, or a module taken from a longer programme. Short courses can be delivered in a day or less, across a number of days, online or within a classroom. Bespoke solutions may be created to respond to a specific employer need.
Taster sessions introduce a longer programme of study or apprenticeship for employers to understand what the course offers, as well as the practicalities of participation. Taster sessions might be advertised by the provider, or a bespoke session might be developed for your needs.
Higher education qualifications are offered by universities and by colleges with higher education provision. See our summary of higher education qualifications to see how learners can progress between different qualification levels.
As well as recruiting graduates, employers can sponsor their existing staff to take a higher education degree course. Learners can study full- or part-time and through in-person, online, or through a blended learning route.
Below we list the options of HE courses that employers can sponsor employers to undertake. See our New Talent page for more information about the different ways employers can engage with current students.
Foundation degrees provide a bridge between further and higher education courses. These sit below undergraduate degree level but usually offer a route into an undergraduate degree programme. Many courses have a vocational focus.
Higher National Certificates and Higher National Diploma
A Higher National Certificate (HNC) is equivalent to the first year of a bachelor’s degree. A Higher National Diploma (HND) is equivalent to the first two years. These qualifications often have an occupational focus.
A Bachelor’s or Honours degree is the most common type of undergraduate degree, sometimes referred to as an ‘undergraduate’ or ‘first’ degree. Types of Bachelor’s degree include:
- Bachelor of Arts – BA (Hons)
- Bachelor of Science – BSc (Hons)
- Bachelor of Engineering – BEng (Hons)
- Bachelor of Laws – LLB (Hons)
These routes provide a shorter postgraduate study. Many of these routes have a vocational focus. As they’re shorter than a full Masters degree, they are sometimes easier to fit around work commitments. An honour’s degree or equivalent experience is required to progress onto this level of study.
An honour’s degree or equivalent experience is required to progress onto Masters level study. This provides the opportunity to extend skills, demonstrate expertise and to progress a research project. Masters degrees titles include:
- Master of Arts – MA
- Master of Science – MSc
- Master of Engineering – MEng
- Master of Research – MRes
- Master of Laws – LLM
A Masters in Business Administration is an internationally recognised degree to advance business and management skills.
Executive Education is a type of specialist education for businesses, usually delivered by a Business department, school or faculty. It’s often targeted at Executive, Director or senior management level, with a leadership and management focus.
Executive Education – also called Ex.Ed or Exec. Ed. – can include apprenticeships, postgraduate study, short courses, workshops, masterclasses, forums, professional networks, access to business start-up support and expert consultants.
University of Bradford: Help to Grow Management Scheme
Calderdale College: Rise Resilience Hub
Leeds Beckett University: Leadership Centre
Leeds Trinity University: Ad:Venture business support programme
University of Leeds: Executive education and Masters
Some elements may be targeted at small and medium businesses (SMEs) or micro businesses, and there may be funding available to support smaller organisations.
Higher education providers are sometimes funded to deliver training programmes – often responding to a specific skills and training priority.
These programmes are funded by central, regional or local government or other external agencies and organisations and will often provide free or subsidised training opportunities.
Here is a selection of funded skills programmes currently on offer through Higher Education providers in West Yorkshire: