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Innovative degree programme helps Fife businesses revitalise local economy

Local businesses will have an opportunity to upskill their workforce this January, with the launch of a BA Business and Enterprise degree programme.

The BA Business and Enterprise, which is delivered through a partnership between Fife College and Edinburgh Napier University, involves a combination of assessments, workshops and independent study, with attendance one-day per month at the Fife College University Hub in Dunfermline. Assessments are practical and applied, including reports around work roles, work-place based assignments, presentations and case studies.

Identified key strengths of the BA degree include developing entrepreneurial, leadership and innovation skills, which combine to help drive the economic growth of participating businesses. 

Funding from Fife Economy Partnership will enable eligible Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) who are based in Fife to access 50% funding as part of their workforce development programme.

Pamela Stevenson, Service Manager – Economic Development at Fife Council said:

“This locally delivered degree programme provides an excellent opportunity for Fife businesses to develop potential among their future management team.

“Using work-based learning, it will build up skills in business planning and entrepreneurial leadership that can enhance the organisation’s capability even while employees are studying.”

Iain Hawker, Assistant Principal at Fife College said:

“We are proud of our record of working with local employers to develop high impact training and professional development.

“By delivering this programme online and with one day per month at the Fife College University Hub in Dunfermline, local businesses have the chance to make a real difference to business resilience and the career opportunities of key staff. 

“The fact that this can be done with minimum disruption to work routines and the personal lives of those taking part means that this is a great opportunity to develop individuals and upskill the Fife workforce.”

The year-long top-up BA degree programme is available for those in work (employed or self-employed) who have relevant work experience and an HND or a SCQF level 8 equivalent qualification.

The enhanced expertise that will be gained by employees who complete the course is recognised and eligible companies may qualify for part-funding of the course as it provides an important element of business sustainability and competitiveness.

A free virtual information event is being held on 28 October at 4pm, when interested business owners, directors and employees can learn more about the Programme and possible financial support.

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