Timberland, the outdoor clothing manufacturer and retailer, has teamed up with Anglia Ruskin University to provide online training for its staff.
According to the University, the US-based company joins existing clients including Volvo, Barclays, UPS, Ridgeons and Harrods in recognising the benefits of the work-based degrees offered by its Ashcroft International Business School.
Initially 10 Timberland staff from across the country will begin studying the FdA in Management, which is a two-year work-based online learning degree course. The degree is designed to equip managers and aspiring managers with the skills and knowledge required to succeed in today’s challenging climate, said the University.
Anglia Ruskin’s online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) will connect the retail store staff – who are located across the UK – without the need for them to leave their workplace.
The programme is said to be both practical and work-based, allowing those taking part to transfer learning directly to their work environment. The course includes a range of applied management topics such as marketing, leadership, change and project management.
Students will be assigned an online tutor for each module, with additional support from a dedicated distance learning facilitator and a workplace mentor.
To help students develop the skills required for higher education, each student will complete Anglia Ruskin’s work-based learning study skills curriculum. Assessment is carried out through a mix of portfolio work, business reports, presentations, case studies and work-based projects.
Jane Maher, Timberland’s HR manager – UK retail and global distributors, said: “The majority taking part are team leaders or sales associates, who either volunteered for the course or were approached to take part. What struck me was how many of our staff were willing to invest time to develop their long-term career potential.”
Tony Howard, Head of Higher Skills@ Work at Anglia Ruskin University, said: “We are delighted that Timberland have chosen our online work-based management degree to up-skill staff and provide retail career progression opportunities.
“The nature and delivery of our work-based courses are proving especially attractive to our clients in the retail sector because, without leaving the shop floor, students and their employers are able to enjoy the benefits of tutor-supported learning, while developing their skills and abilities.”
To find out more about the work-based degree courses on offer at Anglia Ruskin, visit www.anglia.ac.uk/businessservices