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From the shopfloor to the top floor: Regional Minister sees first hand why training is top priority at Morrisons and how Bradford University School of Management is helping the firm create first-rate leaders.

31 March 10

Morrisons and Bradford University School of Management will showcase the benefits of investing in workforce training to Regional Minister Rosie Winterton, when she visits the Morrisons Thornbury store on Thursday 25 March.

The Minister will meet the first Morrisons colleagues to undertake the Post Graduate Certificate in Businesses Administration which is run in conjunction with the Bradford University School of Management, as well as other Morrisons colleagues working towards qualifications as part of its Fresh Food Academy.
The Regional Minister will learn more about the current collaboration between Morrisons and the School of Management, in the training of Morrisons employees. She will meet some of the colleagues studying towards the post graduate certificate, designed to give managers a holistic view of the world of management, who will share their experiences of skills support they have received from Morrisons, their employer and, in certain cases, Executive Education at the School of Management.
Director of Executive Education at the School of Management, Julian Rawel, said: "We are taking Morrisons' star performers in middle management and turning them into rounded strategic decision makers, able to understand the impact of what they do in their own area - retail, accounting, HR - on the wider business and its profitability.  Because it is bespoke we can combine the theory with the practical relevance of their specific business."
Rosie Winterton will then also meet Morrisons colleagues who work in the store to learn more about the training opportunities that are available to them and the benefits they receive from gaining these qualifications, such as QCF* Level 2 in Retail Skills.
Norman Pickavance, Morrisons HR Director said: "Morrisons is fully committed to giving all employees the chance to develop their career so they can go from the shop floor to the top floor. We offer colleagues excellent opportunities such as apprenticeships in craft skills like bakery and butchery and QCF Level 2 qualifications in Retail Skills, but this collaboration with Bradford University School of Management gives even more of our colleagues the chance to develop further skills, knowledge and qualifications."
Rosie Winterton, Minister for Yorkshire and The Humber, said: "As Regional Minister, promoting and encouraging the development of skills is one of my top priorities.  The Government is committed to encouraging businesses and universities to work together to promote innovation and share expertise.

"That's why I am delighted by this successful collaboration between Morrisons and the University of Bradford's School of Management.  I hope it will inspire even more co-operation between our region's universities and businesses to increase competitiveness, profitability and productivity and achieve long-term sustainable growth and prosperity for Yorkshire and The Humber."

Morrisons employs close to 25,000 people in Yorkshire and the Humber and is aiming to train 100,000 colleagues in QCF Level 2 in Retail Skills nationally by mid 2011.

*QCF was formerly known as NVQ

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