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18 October 2012 | Anna Reynolds
Three to four degrees, suited to the public sector and the oil and gas industry, will be launched between January and March 2013, and will be open to anybody who wants to apply. Although the degrees will focus on different sectors, they will cover similar topics such as category management, e-procurement, outsourcing services and sustainability in the supply chain.
According to director of Supply Solutions Mike Woods, this is “the first time a UK university has joined with a private provider to deliver an undergraduate degree on an in-company basis”.
Applicants with a level four qualification (Certificate of Higher Education) will gain automatic entry to the course. Those who do not hold this will be interviewed by Supply Solutions, who will then enrol successful applicants with Plymouth University.
Supply Solutions is currently in talks with companies including BT and Siemens and hopes to secure contracts to run the degree in-company for their staff. “We aim to tailor content in the degree to suit a particular company depending on the skills sets they require their employees to have,” said Woods.
Supply Solutions is also looking to promote the degree to public sector bodies such as the Cabinet Office, who Woods says is currently examining training programmes available in the market and the Ministry of Defence who are looking to provide training to armed forces who are about to become civilians.
Jonathan Challacombe, programme manager for BSc (Hons) international supply chain management at Plymouth University, said: "The international supply chain management degree is the first degree of its kind in the UK where we are taking the University to the student.”