In line with its effort to help businesses to keep ahead of their competition in an evolving economy, University College Isle of Man (UCM) launched its Services to Business (S2B) prospectus, which lists UCM’s current wide range of offerings for local businesses.

The launch event was held at UCM’s main campus on Homefield Road, Douglas and was organised in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce.

Jo said, “Over the years we have partnered with numerous businesses by providing relevant, high-quality and accessible professional courses and skills-based training programmes. According to the feedback we received, these courses have been a tremendous help for staff development.”

“One of the main benefits of our courses is that businesses can tap into the wealth of knowledge and expertise of the teaching staff at UCM, who have worked in industries related to their area of specialism and are therefore best placed to provide the relevant training,” she added.

Training courses offered under S2B include core training programmes, bespoke or one-off courses developed for specific business needs and opportunities for businesses and UCM to collaborate and share specialist knowledge to deliver a course.

Core courses cover a wide range of subject areas including: business and enterprise, compliance and legislation, construction and technical.

Apart from courses, businesses can also engage with UCM to book some of the facilities available at its six campuses and to partner with the College on research initiatives.

Chamber Chief Executive, Rebecca George, commented, “This has been a great opportunity to work with UCM in promoting their excellent range of courses and training available to the business community. Giving local businesses the opportunity to train and upskill their employees on Island, utilising what is an excellent educational establishment with a wealth of highly regarded tutors is invaluable.”  Rebecca went on to thank Jo Pretty for the opportunity to invite Chamber members to the launch.

Geoff Chatwood, Vice Principal of UCM who oversees UCM’s S2B offering said, “We are continuously enhancing our offering for businesses, so if there is a course that businesses are interested in, but is not listed in the prospectus, please contact us and we would be happy to develop a programme that meets their needs.”

UCM also provides a wide range of apprenticeship programmes that start at foundation level and extend to intermediate, advanced, higher and degree levels. Apprentices can study on a part-time basis whilst employed with potential funding through Department of Education, Sport & Culture (DESC).

The S2B prospectus is available at https://www.ucm.ac.im/media/2539/services-to-business-2019.pdf  and if your business would like a hard copy of the S2B prospectus, please contact UCM at mail@ucm.ac.im or call 648200.