Industry leaders of the future will be developed by a new Master’s programme at the University of Warwick.
WMG at the university has launched the academic programme alongside Royal Mail Group with staff from all levels of the postal business taking part.
In September this year, 25 staff from Royal Mail Group signed up for the three-year development programme which will enable the participants to gain a Leadership and Management focussed MSc from the University of Warwick.
This part-time course combines workplace learning with block release study at WMG in eight one-week study modules, each followed by a work-based assignment plus a work-based project. The programme is made up of core and elective modules, giving participants the opportunity to develop specialisations of particular relevance to their current role and future career aspirations. It will lead to a University of Warwick MSc and a Degree Apprenticeship.
Next year this Master’s programme will be open to staff from a range of other businesses.
A spokesman for Royal Mail Group said: “This initiative will give us new tools and techniques to help develop our people’s skills, support the aspiring next generation of talent and make leaders of future.”
WMG Chairman Professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya added: “I, myself, served a graduate apprenticeship at Lucas Industries so I’m delighted to see government and business working together to provide many more Degree Apprenticeships funded through the apprenticeship levy.
“A great many businesses appreciate that apprenticeships are a powerful means of creating and inspiring a highly skilled and passionate workforce.”
WMG’s Director of Apprenticeships Sue Parr said they were delighted Royal Mail has chosen them to help train its apprentices.
“WMG is already successfully delivering programmes to partners such as Dyson, JLR, Aston Martin, and GE Aviation and the lead shown by all these companies will, I have no doubt, inspire many more to seek to empower and train their employees through Degree Apprenticeship and related programmes in partnership with leading technology business research and educational organisations such as WMG,” she said.