Jewson launches foundation degree
Published:  14 October, 2009

COVENTRY: Jewson, in partnership with Birmingham City University, has launched the first Foundation Degree in Builders’ Merchanting.

The degree, which has been in development for almost two years, was launched at the House of Commons on Tuesday 13 October and attended by Ian Lucas MP, Minister for Business and Regulatory Reform.

The Jewson Foundation Degree is aimed at new and existing branch managers and assistant branch managers, who have completed Jewson’s in-house Potential Branch Manager programme, and will be delivered through face-to-face modules, e-learning and telephone conference calls. The inaugural intake of 25 students from Jewson and its sister business Graham, a leading plumbers’ merchant, are enrolled to start the Foundation Degree from October 2009.

The 14 month course will be supported by Birmingham City University lecturers and the Jewson training department, culminating in a major project presentation where students will be required to demonstrate creative thinking that has led to a bottom-line impact on the Jewson business. The learning modules include management and leadership, law for merchants, customer service and marketing, and personal professional development.

Peter Hindle MBE, managing director of Jewson and chief executive of Saint-Gobain Building Distribution UK & Ireland, commented: “The Jewson Foundation Degree will reinforce the crucial role of the builders’ merchant in helping the construction sector deliver a more sustainable built environment. It will further professionalise our involvement with the relevant supply-chains and ensure that our students are well-equipped to play a leading role in the future of the construction industry.”

Further cementing its relationship with Birmingham City University, Jewson has also launched a Post Graduate Diploma in Leadership and Strategy to run in tandem with the new Foundation Degree.

The Post Graduate Diploma in Leadership and Strategy begins in January 2010 and will welcome 18 students, each of which will be expected to commit to five hours of self directed learning each week. Students will be experienced branch managers, who have managed different branches throughout their career, and who are looking to take the next step to become Area Manager.

The objective of the Jewson Post Graduate Diploma is to prepare delegates for senior management roles with broader responsibilities. Modules covered include organisational processes & lean management, leadership and change management, strategy & risk management, culminating with an intensive work based project.  The Diploma will replace Jewson’s in-house senior management programme and provide nationally recognised qualifications for graduates following a 12 month course.

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