BusinessWise is a joint venture with Urban Vision and the University of Salford

Consultant Capita Symonds has launched BusinessWise, a graduate business skills development programme.

The scheme, set up by the firm’s regions division, has been designed in partnership with its Salford joint venture Urban Vision and the University of Salford.

As many as 58 members of staff from Capita Symonds offices in Altrincham, Blackburn, Colwyn Bay, Cumbria, Cwmbran, Durham, Salford, Sefton, Southampton and Swindon have signed up to start the two-year programme this year and plans are already in place to offer the programme on an annual basis.

Consultant Capita Symonds team at BusinessWise
Consultant Capita Symonds team at BusinessWise

Graham Cowley, chief operating officer of Capita Symonds regions division, said: “We employ a huge range of technically qualified people.

“As their careers develop they need to gain more broad based business skills to complement this. That is what the course provides.

“We need good business managers in order to progress, so even with the difficult financial climate at the moment, this type of training is important for our long-term goals.”

Students will complete a postgraduate certificate in Business Performance Management' which has been specifically developed for Capita Symonds and Urban Vision.

Much of the teaching will take place at Capita Symonds’ offices, with one module also featuring two days’ retreat at a camp in Snowdonia.

Dr Ed Doran, a senior lecturer in Salford Business School who will be teaching on the course, said: “Teaching on this course will be a different kind of experience for me, but I think it’s an important development in helping the University be more responsive to meeting the high level skills needs of business.

“Companies need good management and by working with the culture of Capita Symonds and Urban Vision we can help to deliver this more effectively.”