We are contracted by Skills for Health on a range of activities designed to enhance the development of clinical support workers employed by NHS Trusts across the Yorkshire and Humber region. This work fits with Health Education England’s national and regional agendas around support worker development following the Cavendish Review.
We have worked closely with the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) as it develops and extends its portfolio of professional learning. We have worked on a number of separate activities all designed to support learning and workforce development in the housing sector.
Jay Consulting works with a range of clients to meet their professional requirements. For example, we provide administrative support and financial management to the Council of Heads of Built Environment (CHOBE). CHOBE includes Heads of Schools/Departments in UK Universities responsible for research, knowledge transfer and learning in the fields of construction, property and surveying.
An early project undertaken by Jay Consulting was commissioned by the West Yorkshire Lifelong Learning Network, a partnership project involving universities and colleges from across the West Yorkshire region based at the University of Bradford.
The aim was to scope different examples of collaboration between employers and businesses to support progression into advanced level skills that could inform the development of the proposed CEAII. The ambition for the CEAII is wide ranging not only to address progression issues from schools through the developing Industrial Centres of Excellence in priority employment sectors, but also to consider how the development could open up opportunities for improved collaborations between local business and the Higher Education providers locally and improve business access to research development and support services, as well as potential workforce development provision.
We were invited by the Higher Education Academy to provide a contribution to the Higher Education Academy(HEA) research programme on flexible pedagogies, which investigated new thinking and practices to support the higher education sector in increasing flexible provision. Our research presented examples of pedagogical practices and made recommendations with case studies of employer engagement and work-based learning. More details of the HEA programme can be found here.
We were engaged by the National HE STEM programme for two projects related to the employability and employer engagement developments in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths based across England and Wales, and funded through the programme. These projects involved careful management, communicating with over 50 projects leads and officers and synthesising their project outcomes.
We carried out a confidential study on behalf of a chartered professional body. The work involved a review of the current market for qualifications in the professional sector and an assessment of potential approaches and developments they could consider in repositioning and strengthening their offer to the sector.
Asset Skills was the sector skills council for the planning, housing, facilities and asset management and property sectors. We worked with them to deliver two projects designed to bring together university academics and their students with employers in the sectors: The World of Work project and the Student Ambassador Programme. Both projects formed part of an Asset Skills programme funded through the UKCES Employer Investment Fund 2 (EIF2). The programme was designed to enhance employer engagement with the higher education sector to improve mutual understanding of the opportunities for higher level skills employment and increase understanding of graduate skills and HE learning provision.
Jay Consulting worked on a large-scale project for the National HE STEM Programme to analyse and synthesise the learning on higher level skills. I just wanted to say thank you for all your efforts with the research. It really was key in helping us capture and articulate the impact and legacy of the Programme.
Michael Grove, STEM Education Centre, University of Birmingham