North east university’s flexible ‘people-first approach’ for professional learning and development opportunities

Times Higher Education (THE) University of the Year, Northumbria University, provides dedicated and bespoke support across a variety of sectors with expertise in executive education and in partnering with external organisations to provide the best combination of academic input and practical, ‘real world’ focussed learning.

Northumbria University has an excellent and award-winning reputation for providing innovative, flexible, and wide-ranging professional learning and development opportunities. This is demonstrated through Northumbria University’s development and delivery of a host of successful workforce development programmes and events centred around a ‘people-first approach’ in a bid to promote the value and benefits of sustained investment in supporting, upskilling, and empowering people to fulfil their workplace potential.

Programme examples include one-off, non-accredited training through to accredited qualifications; Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programmes; tailored courses that support the long-term vision of an organisation; and higher and degree apprenticeships which offer a combination of university study and practical workplace learning to attain a full undergraduate or postgraduate degree qualification.

By offering learners the best of both worlds, combining university study with workplace learning, Northumbria University is recognised as a leading education provider, ranking top 10 in the UK for Higher and Degree Apprenticeships (The Times Good University Guide, 2022) as well as being one of the first UK institutions to offer government-supported apprenticeship programmes.

Recent workforce development events such as Northumbria University’s first instalment of People 2023: The Series, is a further example of how the university and its partners are successfully enabling HR professionals, business leaders, and senior managers in the north east to innovate and improve their people strategy.

People 2023: The Series kicked off with a half day conference in March, developed in partnership with NEPIC, and designed to help businesses attract, engage, and retain top talent in the north east and ensure that current and future leaders are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and behaviours to confidently lead the development of a workforce.

The first event, Rewriting The Rules – Unlocking People Potential, brought together acclaimed industry leaders and academic experts to explore the challenges of, and potential solutions to, recruiting, developing, upskilling, and retaining talent in today’s challenging labour market. The thought-provoking conference discussed the key topics of integrity in the workplace, the importance of hybrid working and how to increase the visibility of opportunity in the north east.


In a bid to further promote the benefits of workforce development, Northumbria University is hosting a Virtual People 2023 series of events and workshops in the coming months on related topics such as menopause in the workplace; accessibility & EDI; mindful leadership; balancing career and parenthood; and consciously connected communities, amongst others.

To find out more about the ways in which Northumbria University can help you to train, develop and support your workforce to fulfil their potential, click here.

Credit: Bdaily

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