Training that keeps the UK’s economic engine running
31 October 2018
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the engines of prosperity across Britain, and the efforts of skilled staff are the fuel – meaning it’s never the wrong time to invest in their success.
An incredible 99.9 per cent of the UK’s private sector economy comprises SMEs, employing a total of 16.1 million people and generating combined annual revenue of £1.9trillion in 2017, according to figures from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.
But serious challenges ahead – not least of which is Brexit – make for an uncertain business environment which threaten to hit business operations and undo hard-won success.
To help business be future-proof in the face of this uncertainty, the University of West London (UWL) offers SMEs a range of tools and resources for maximising the potential within companies.
Based in the heart of one of the UK’s most successful business regions, UWL is committed to being an engine of innovation and enterprise in the region by providing access to specialist expertise and facilities, networking and collaborative opportunities, and knowledge sharing and knowledge transfer initiatives.
Check out UWL’s suite of services for SMEs to discover which one is the right investment for the success of your company.
Higher and degree apprenticeships
UWL is a sector leader in the provision of degree apprenticeships, with more than ten years’ experience in the delivery of a variety of apprenticeship programmes. As an Approved Assessment Organisation, we really understand the world of work and collaborate with many employers to deliver high-quality apprenticeships.
Today, higher and degree apprenticeships are increasingly popular among employers, employees and school leavers. Staff are highly motivated because they get to earn while they learn. Meanwhile, apprenticeships are great value for money for eligible SMEs with payroll bills of less than £3million because the government funds 90 per cent of the cost of the apprenticeship.
UWL offers the following apprenticeship programmes:
- Chartered manager degree apprenticeship (CMDA)
- Digital and technology solutions degree apprenticeship
- Civil engineering degree apprenticeship
- Academic professional degree apprenticeship
- Nurse degree apprenticeship (adult)
- Nurse degree apprenticeship (mental health)
- Cyber-security technologist apprenticeship
- Data analyst apprenticeship
- Dementia care apprenticeship (assistant practitioner health)
- Health apprenticeship (assistant practitioner)
West London Food Innovation Laboratory (WLFIL)
The newly opened West London Food Innovation Laboratory (WLFIL) at UWL is ideal for SMEs in the food and drinks sector which don’t have enormous research and development budgets to plough into creating new products.
Funded with the support of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), this food laboratory provides outstanding support for start-ups in Greater London. Crucially, companies can access the WLFIL for free.
The West London Food Innovation Laboratory offers:
- Technical advice based on your requirement brief
- Access to facilities and technicians
- Culinary and product development services
- Nutritional analysis
- Product texture and structure analysis
- Product sensory profiling
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs)
Accessing UWL’s academic expertise through a Knowledge Transfer Partnership is a great way to develop a business by keeping up to date with the latest workplace theory and practice.
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) are government-funded programmes which help businesses improve their competitiveness, productivity and performance through collaboration with a university. A KTP is a three-way partnership between a business, academic/research institution and a recently qualified graduate. The University of West London is committed to developing a range of KTP programmes with SMEs and graduates.
SMEs can recruit a UWL graduate – known as an associate – for up to 36 months, in collaboration with UWL. A KTP can boost competitiveness, productivity and performance.
Areas of business which may benefit from a KTP:
- Developing a current product(s)
- Creating a new product(s)
- Developing new technology
- Increasing company skills
- Improving logistical and manufacturing efficiency
- Re-engineering business processes
The University of West London offers a range of career-oriented short courses for individuals and businesses to improve employability and competitiveness.
- Professional development – training and CPD for skills and career development
- Personal learning – continuing education to suit all ages and interests
- Summer schools – intensive study for individuals and professionals
Contact: Matt Snowden, Head of Research and Enterprise
Phone: 020 8209 4326