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Giles Smith, Head of PGL’s Learning and Development Programme explains how working with Open College Network West Midlands has benefited their business.
 
“The creation of  the new Level 2 Certificate in Hospitality and Operational Support is a genuine example of an employer-led project that took just 4 months to complete thanks to the support and dedication of the Open College Network West Midlands”
 
Giles Smith, PGL Learning and Development Manager
 
PGL have a long association with Open College Network West Midlands, originally developing and delivering customised units to accredit our Induction Programme for Outdoor Activity Staff.  We then decided to work in partnership with Open College Network West Midlands to develop a Nationally Recognised qualification to replace the customised units we were already working to.  Open College Network West Midlands worked with us to fully understand our business and were very responsive to our needs, the outcome being a suite of two new qualifications in Work in the Outdoors. These being:
 
  • Open College Network West Midlands  Level 2 Award in Introductory Work in the Outdoors
  • Open College Network West Midlands Level 2 Certificate in Introductory Work in the Outdoors
As we found this to be such a positive experience, which helped our business to improve and grow, we wanted to do more with Open College Network West Midlands so we again approached them in August 2013 with a proposal to develop another new suite of qualifications.  It was our aim for these qualifications to focus on Hospitality and Operational staff who are new to working in outdoor activity centres, and whose main role is either hospitality or operational support.  This would enable them to achieve a qualification specific to their role in a range of areas including housekeeping, bar work, reception, maintenance, security, kitchen duties and administration.
 
Again we found this a very positive and flexible experience, finding Open College Network West Midlands to be responsive and knowledgeable to our needs as an employer.  We worked very closely with our Business Development Manager , Clare Preston, to develop these qualifications.  The process was professionally managed and the whole development from conception, to the qualifications being submitted and approved by Ofqual, only took a matter of only 4 months.  The qualifications listed below were ready for us, as promised, to register our new staff on by January 2014.
 
  • Open College Network West Midlands Level 2 Award in Hospitality and Operational Support 
  • Open College Network West Midlands Level 2 Certificate in Hospitality and Operational Support 
We aim to continue this very positive relationship with Open College Network West Midlands for many years to come.
 
Pictured below - PGL staff receive their nationally recognised qualifications
 
 
“Having in-house designed, nationally accredited Level 2 qualifications has enabled us to go to market with a really attractive training package to boost applicant numbers”
 
Emma Lacey, PGL Staffing Manager
 
“The new Level 2 Certificate in Hospitality and Operational Support is a real step forward in terms of engaging particular employees and giving them a clear development pathway” 
 
Ian Balaam, General Manager, PGL Osmington Bay
 
To find out more about PGL visit www.pgl.co.uk
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