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BUSINESSES in Warrington suffering cash shortages during the recession are being offered a new qualification to cut training costs.
Business mentors, LeaderShape, and the University of Chester, which has a campus in Warrington, are offering a Post Graduate Certificate (PGC).
This will teach companies how to develop the high quality training programmes, boosting their ability to develop leaders in-house when budgets are under pressure.
First to take the PGC were 16 experienced business people in a £5 million European Funded programme for managers in companies with existing or high growth potential -The Coaching for High Growth programme.
It is part financed by the European Union with £4,798,800 from the European Regional Development Fund Convergence Programme and £533,200 from the South West RDA.
The PGC looks to be the first accredited programme for those who want to act as coach /mentors and learning set facilitators to others. It works to build knowledge, understanding and expertise to identify, deliver and evaluate learning, development and training needs.
Heading the delivery team Danielle Grant, of LeaderShape, said: “Research shows companies which do not train are 2.5 times more likely to go bankrupt and also to lose vital talent. As spending comes under pressure in tough times this new PGC will ensure monies are efficiently allocated and policies fit with business objectives.”

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