This project aimed to better serve the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) needs of people working in further and higher education who are involved in Business and Community Engagement (BCE).
The project completed at the end of June 2010. A follow-up project has been funded for 2010-2012 entitled Supporting and Embedding CPD for Business and Community Engagement.
The first phase of the project carried out a training need analysis of Business and Community Engagement practitioners by means of a workshop, an online survey and a series of in-depth telephone interviews.
Based on the outcomes of the analysis, the final phase of the project produced a series of resources:
A JISC-funded user needs study of the Business and Community Engagement community identified "a desire for an integrated and accessible package of training opportunities". and recommended that JISC co-ordinate training opportunities in order to provide an integrated training programme.
The project enabled a more strategic approach to the BCE training support JISC Advance services provide, allowing gaps to be filled - both in supporting current provision outside JISC and in JISC's own provision - and national staff development strategies to be better supported.
The focus will be on supporting existing training provision rather than trying to 're-invent the wheel'. This was achieved by working closely with key stakeholders, including AURIL, the Institute of Knowledge Transfer and PraxisUNICO.