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Enterprise Engagement and Workforce Development

Enterprise Engagement and Workforce Development

THEA member institutions have a deep engagement with enterprise locally, regionally and nationally. Connection, communication and collaboration with enterprise is a day-to-day activity for these institutions. Their role  in supporting enterprise is underlined in national higher education, enterprise and regional development policies. Enterprise engagement occurs across the following key areas:

Student Projects and Work Placements 
Work placements and collaborative projects with industry partners are an integral element of higher education programmes in THEA member institutions, offering a mutually beneficial experience for both the companies and the students who participate.

Curriculum Development
THEA member institutions collaborate with enterprise to create dynamic and flexible curricula which are responsive to enterprise needs and which help to develop workforce-ready graduates.

Workforce Development 
THEA member institutions offer a range of online and in-person Continuing Professional Development courses tailored to enterprise needs. They also offer opportunities to earn educational awards via Work-Based Learning and Recognition of Prior Learning. 

Research, Knowledge Transfer & New Enterprise Development 
Collaborative research and consultancy services to industry are a key offering from THEA member institutions.  On-campus incubators offer business development supports and use of facilities to start-ups, spin-outs and spin-ins. Learn more.


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