Strathclyde Business School is delighted to be working with the industry group Be the Business to deliver the first Productivity through People programme in Scotland. This programme follows successful pilots in the North West and South West of England and will become part of UK-wide movement on improved productivity.
Productivity through People is a 12-month programme that supports SMEs to create a high performance workplace with a fully engaged workforce. Delivered in collaboration with, and subsidised by, four world class organisations, GSK, Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems and John Lewis Partnership and supported by Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service and Skills Development Scotland, the programme provides access to the latest techniques, thinking and research to help you transform your productivity and working practices.
The 12 month programme is designed not for the visionary leader of the business, but for the individual or individuals who are the implementers and are tasked with executing the plan. The cost is heavily subsidised and each participant will only pay £2,500.
Professor John Anderson, Head of SME Engagement at Strathclyde Business School & WeDO member commented:
“For Productivity through People, we are targeting existing SMEs with growth plans and have set broad criteria of a minimum annual turnover of £2 million and 20 employees. This is similar to the Growth Advantage Programme criteria and is based on our experience of the optimal size and stage of growth of a business which will be able to draw on the full suite of tools and learning to help them get to the next stage of growth.
The key difference is that GAP is aimed at the CEO/MD/Owner whereas PtP is aimed at their key management / leadership team members. The key to any cohort approach to learning is that the participants are facing broadly the same issues and the design of both GAP and PtP means that the participants learn as much from each other (as they apply the new tools and learning to their businesses during the course of the programme) as from the formal workshop sessions, so a lot of care is taken in selecting the right cohort.
At this stage we have already received several applications and we would encourage anyone interested in the programme to contact us.”
Full details of the format and content of the programme, which starts in mid-March, and how to apply can be found online at Productivity through People