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15th June 2011, 11:45am
Manufacturing industry seal of approval for Lincoln management courses
A plaque announcing Proskills Academy Accreditation Management courses run by the University of Lincoln have received the seal of approval from employers in the UK process and manufacturing industry.

Lincoln has become the first university in the country to secure Proskills Academy Accreditation.

The accolade has been given by Proskills UK, an employer-led organisation which represents the industries involved in the process and manufacturing sector. This includes producers of building materials, minerals, glass, furniture, ceramics, wood and paper. The organisation works to ensure training provision and funding in the UK reflects the skills needed in the sector.

The University of Lincoln has been recognised for its long and successful relationship with Ardagh Glass, a division of the global metal and glass packaging company Ardagh Group.

For the past decade, senior managers from Ardagh Glass have studied management development courses delivered by lecturers from the Universityís Lincoln Business School. Qualifications range from postgraduate certificates and diplomas to the prestigious Master of Business Administration (MBA).

These programmes have now been added to the Proskills Academy list of accredited courses.

Professor David Head, Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law at the University of Lincoln, said: "The Lincoln Business School prides itself on the relevance of its degree courses to the needs of industry and on the way it has developed flexible, employment-based routes to degree qualifications. These courses enable students to fit their studies into busy working lives.
"Professional recognition in the form of Proskills Academy Accreditation sends out the clear message that the courses receiving this unique and highly valued recognition are indeed attuned to the real world of business."

The success of the programme is demonstrated by the number of Ardagh staff who have progressed onto senior roles in the company after completing their studies with Lincoln Business School. Three of the firmís four UK plant directors are Lincoln alumni. Several other senior managers and directors at group level have also completed the MBA.

Chris Thornton, Regional Continuous Improvement Manager for Ardagh Glass, said: "The long established connection with the University of Lincoln has proved invaluable to Ardagh, by helping its managers to apply a broad academic focus and perspective to the problems that they face in their daily working lives. This helps them to become more effective problem solvers as well as more effective leaders, thus benefitting Ardagh as a business. The development programme also offers real value and reward to the participants themselves, in that they are credited with formal and internationally recognised qualifications."

Richard Bloxam, Network Development Manager at Proskills Academy, said: "Accreditation is reserved for those organisations that offer highly relevant training and education services to companies working in our sector.  They must demonstrate that their support has had a measurable and positive impact on the business.  The management development programme Lincoln University Business School has provided to Ardagh Glass over the last decade exemplifies best practice.  In addition, Lincoln is the first university to achieve accreditation, again demonstrating their commitment to establishing strong partnerships with business."

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