Economic development

Our assignments

UK Regional Development Agency Workforce Development- Business growth and productivity improvement through higher level skills and qualifications. Lead on overarching development to build capacity of regional education and training providers to meet industry demand for a technician level workforce. Commissioning of projects to provide higher level skills and qualifications with fifty education & training provider institutions (colleges, universities and private training providers). Development  impacted on 5700 employed learners and delivered 580 business assists for small to medium enterprises.

European Social Funding-Management of projects to support vocational/ academic development for mobility of workforce within the European Union.

HEFCE (Higher education Funding Council of England)- Regional lead on capacity building of further and higher education institutes for provision of a degree level qualification that combines academic study with work place learning. Designed in association with employers, the qualifications equip people with the relevant skills, knowledge and understanding to achieve academic results as well as improve performance and productivity in the work place. They are intended to increase the professional and technical skills of the workforce.

UK Local Enterprise Partnership- Development of provider plan for provision of qualifications based on new standards for apprenticeship adult engagement, Higher Apprenticeships and Apprenticeship degrees.

UK Further Education College- Supply and demand gap analysis of UK Engineering and Manufacturing companies- consultations with companies on their requirements for Automation – Mechatronics within the knowledge and skills sets of their workforce. Report and recommendations to support development of colleges’ commercial provision.

UK Specialist Training Provider-supplier development- Provided a range of services to enable a Construction based provider to build their capability to become vendors of an apprenticeship to meet local industry demand for entry level candidates. Services included organisation preparation of policy, procedures, systems and completion of due-diligence to test compliance with the Public Contract Regulations and financial robustness for delivery of education and training services within the government supply chain as a subcontractor.

UK Higher Education Institute and Professional Body- Design, development and implementation of vocational degree for work based learners accredited by both a University and a professional body for management. Included employer and academic agreement statements, brokerage of joint venture, preparation of MOU. Outcome; increased uptake of qualification and accelerated higher level skills and professional body recognition for employed learners.

Tier 1 supplier to the extractives sector- Lead on health, education and training investment program for local families and development of local workforce. The main aims were to maintain a skilled motivated workforce with improved productivity and efficiency; ensure workforce diversity with a focus on disadvantaged female groups; improve supply chain capacity; contribute to the social, economic and institutional development of surrounding communities; support the provision of education and infrastructure projects through training, sponsorship, charitable and community initiatives.
The supplier gained worked closely and support from government and communities, enabling adherence to a planned timeline for project approvals; improved quality of supplies; reduced costs associated with delays in delivery; and reduced non-technical risk.

The World Bank- Local Content Development Implementation and Support Program Design:  Workforce Development Program for African mining operators- In light of a skills gap analysis BECS engaged support from lead extractives stakeholders in the UK and Africa, and developed a program designed to address a key objective of the local government taskforce ‘standardisation of skills training programmes & competence schemes to develop supply chain infrastructure’. Consensus was gained from communities, companies and government licencing bodies, to introduce:

The development was inclusive of a return on investment tool, to provide data driven guidance for future government and private sector investments, measuring benefits of the project to providers, local community, individuals and industry.


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