19th July 2002




A local construction company who encouraged their managers to participate in a new in-company training scheme will see their staff graduate at Lincoln Cathedral next week.


The Simons Group - who built St. Marks and the new Odeon cinema – arranged for their staff to take part in the new in-house Postgraduate Certificate in Management taught by the University of Lincoln.


Eight key account managers, surveyors, designers and site managers took part in the programme which has been designed as a flexible means of study specially for the Simons Group.


The programme consisted of two or three-day blocks every few weeks. 


“The first session was in February 2001,” said David Currie, programme leader. “It was an outdoor residential in the Peak District – not only did it snow, but it coincided with the outbreak of foot and mouth.


“Because the students were located nationwide, the remaining sessions took place at the Marriott Hotel in Grantham.”


As part of the course the students were required to present their in-company projects to the company directors.


“The course has been very well received and has exceeded our expectations,” said Paul Hodgkinson, company director.


The graduation ceremony for the group will take place on Wednesday 24th July at 11.30am.



For more information contact:

Gill Noakes, Press Assistant, University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886042 or Email: gnoakes@lincoln.ac.uk


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