Middlesex University has been recognised for excellence and innovation in work-based learning at a national awards ceremony.
Ground Construction Ltd (GCL) and Middlesex University won their category within the general area of ‘People and Performance’ at the Peer Awards for Excellence on Friday 25th October 2013 at the Waldorf Hilton in London.
The Peer Awards provide exposure and recognition for innovative Corporate Responsibility, Customer Engagement and People and Performance initiatives.
GCL and Middlesex were placed ahead of strong entries from other finalists Direct Line, PDSA,RBS and UCLan/Macnaughton McGregor.
GCL partnered with the Institute for Work Based Learning in developing a unique programme for some of their middle and senior level managers. The Institute offered a flexible and supportive route through its innovative Undergraduate and Postgraduate Degree programmes. Important factors for GCL, were that this was ‘learning through work’ and an opportunity for organizational development through collaborative learning as well as the development of the existing staff.
Helena Boland, a consultant in training and development and member of Middlesex staff worked with GCL on the submission to the Peer Awards for Excellence. The submission was entitled Professional Development through reflection on practice at Ground Construction Ltd and focused on how a reflective approach to professional practice led to innovative development of systems and policies as well as helping to create a culture of organizational learning.
Patrick Shanahan, Operations Director for GCL,attended the ceremony and was delighted with the award. He commented ‘The work based learning approach has not only changed the way the participants approach their work, it is definitely helping to cascade a positive learning culture within GCL.’
Dr Peter Critten, the programme leader, believes that “having an opportunity to collectively share learning and experience provided GCL with a process for building routes for professional development for the future"
Keith Bucklandfrom the Institute for Work Based Learning added "the award celebrates IWBL's innovative approach to professional learning".