SSP launches degree programme for managers
Food travel experts SSP have announced the launch of a new level of their training programme which will allow its high-flying managers to complete a foundation degree.
The level five programme was announced earlier this week as 21 of the company's employees celebrated achieving a level four certificate in professional development awarded by Coventry University.
The bespoke programme has been developed in partnership with Acua Solutions Limited (a group company of Coventry University), to meet SSP's specific business needs and it will mean that the company's future stars will have the opportunity to achieve a recognised qualification from a leading educational institution.
The degree programme is comprised of three stages. The first nine-month long element (level four) is targeted at assistant unit managers and unit managers. This is then followed by the newly launched twelve month diploma programme (level five) designed to develop unit managers and those at multi-unit manager level. The final stage will provide students with the required university points to achieve a foundation degree.
The course covers a range of leadership and management skills, and the study is comprised of both on-the-job training with the student's manager, as well as input and coaching from specialists at Acua Solutions Limited and SSP's own learning and development managers.
Martin Walder, head of learning and development at SSP UK said; "This is a hugely significant step as it means we can now provide a clearly defined training pathway, taking team members from their first apprentice role and supporting them as their career advances through to senior management. It will play a major part in helping us to attract and retain talent, developing the best people by offering the best programmes. It has already really boosted the appetite for learning throughout our business - our next course is already oversubscribed."
Jeannine Mortlock, managing director of Acua Solutions Limited, said the new venture was evidence of SSP's commitment to aligning management development programmes to accredited qualification.
"'As well as helping SSP UK to be seen as an employer of choice, investing in the career progression of its employees will also result in the company being able to deliver even better service, which can only be good for business," she said.